Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois' Supreme Court appointed Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder Joseph R. Marconi as Advisor to the Judicial Conference Committee on Discovery Procedures. Mr. Marconi is the chair of the Business Litigation/Transactions group at the firm.
The Committee is comprised of circuit and appellate court judges from around the state and is chaired by Justice Maureen E. Connors of the First District Appellate Court. This year's primary project is the development and drafting of proposed rule amendments and guidelines for the management of electronic discovery in Illinois. According to Mr. Michael J. Tardy, director of the Illinois Judicial Conference, Mr. Marconi was appointed because of his "experience in complex civil litigation" which "evidences a level of competence in the area of e-discovery that will greatly aid in the committee's work."