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Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst

Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst concentrates her practice in civil litigation. Catherine is a U.S. Navy veteran, who pursued her education following her enlistment. After receiving her J.D. from Valparaiso University, Catherine spent more than 10 years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Indiana, where she successfully handled several major felony jury trials. She holds the Lake County   Continue Reading »

Michael A. Sarafin

Michael A. Sarafin focuses his practice on health care and corporate law, with an emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice claims against hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.  Admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois, Mr. Sarafin has tried cases throughout Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.  Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, he   Continue Reading »

Brandon T. Miller

Brandon T. Miller focuses his practice on health care law, with a concentration in medical malpractice defense. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law. In addition, Mr. Miller is a member of the Lake County Bar Association. Prior to   Continue Reading »
Chris Grabarek

Christopher J. Grabarek

Christopher J. Grabarek focuses his practice on health care and insurance coverage defense, with an emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice claims against hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. He has tried cases throughout Northern Indiana involving medical malpractice and civil litigation, and is uniquely qualified to guide clients through the challenges and complexities of the litigation process.   Continue Reading »
Insurance

Motorcycle Club Member Claims "What’s Yours is Mine." Indiana Federal Court Disagrees.

After a two-day bench trial in Federal Court in the Northern District of Indiana, Judge Van Bokkelen found in favor of our insurance company client, ruling that it was entitled to declaratory judgment and had no duty to defend or indemnify the defendant.  Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, represented the insurance company in   Continue Reading »

Alan M. Kus

Alan M. Kus focuses his practice on health care law, with a concentration in medical malpractice defense. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law. As a law student, Mr. Kus held an externship at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He also worked   Continue Reading »
General Negligence

Hearn Receives Favorable Result in Indiana Personal Injury Case

Shareholder Ed Hearn recently secured a favorable result defending a retailer in Lake County, Indiana. In this personal injury case, the plaintiff requested $996,000.  The result was a returned verdict of $130,000. In this case, the plaintiff was injured when a shelf in the store broke and product struck the plaintiff on the back. The retailer admitted   Continue Reading »

Stanzione Named to American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana Board of Directors

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana.  In this role, she will help guide the strategic direction of American Red Cross activities in Lake, Newton and Jasper counties.  At Johnson & Bell, Sharon focuses her practice on civil trial and   Continue Reading »

Susan K. Swing

Susan K. Swing focuses on civil litigation, primarily in the areas of premises liability, product liability, accident and injury litigation, trucking litigation, insurance coverage and toxic tort. Ms. Swing has represented clients in numerous counties throughout Indiana in both federal and state courts as well before the Indiana Court of Appeals. Before joining Johnson &   Continue Reading »
Stephen TYler

Stephen A. Tyler

Stephen A. Tyler concentrates on health care, professional liability and liability defense. Mr. Tyler has tried more than 50 civil cases to verdict or judgment in state and federal courts.   Formerly, Mr. Tyler taught at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana, serving as an adjunct instructor in Evidence, Trial Courts and Medical Malpractice, teaching both undergraduate   Continue Reading »
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