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Ryndak to Discuss Dispute Resolution Tactics at ALFA Business Litigation Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Peter R. Ryndak, will be speaking on a panel at the ALFA International Business Litigation Practice Group Seminar. The seminar will be held September 5th and 6th, in Chicago. Mr. Ryndak will discuss the topic, “Laying the Foundation – Early Actions to Increase Successful Dispute Resolution.” The panel will discuss proposed   Continue Reading »

Monica Burkoth, Lisa McElroy Attending IGFOA Annual Meeting

Johnson & Bell Municipal Liability Attorneys, Monica Burkoth and Lisa M. McElroy, will attend the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) Annual Conference in Normal, IL. The annual conference takes place September 8-10, 2019 and provides an opportunity for attendees to share ideas on current government finance issues and practices, and further develop their technical   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Welcomes Samuel D. Branum and Shana J. Scheid to the Firm

Johnson & Bell recently added two new attorneys to the firm. Samuel D. Branum and Shana J. Scheid have joined the firm as associates. Mr. Branum concentrates his practice on municipal liability. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Branum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Baker of the United States   Continue Reading »

Transportation Defense Team Scuttles Plaintiff’s Attempt to Expand Monetary Damages/Liability

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, along with Attorney, Jennifer M. Carpenter, obtained partial judgment on the pleadings in favor of their transportation client.  The Court’s ruling will have positive effects for defendants in the future, by eliminating one of the trial tactics that plaintiffs use to expend liability and inflate compensatory damages.  In addition,   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Shareholders Recognized by Best Lawyers®

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, John W. Bell, Robert M. Burke, Brian C. Fetzer, D. Patterson (Pat) Gloor, William V. Johnson, Joseph R. Marconi  and Sharon L. Stanzione, have been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers® lists are assembled by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Welcomes Scott A. Hale and Adam J. Sedia to the Firm

Johnson & Bell recently added two new attorneys to our Crown Point, Indiana office. Scott A. Hale and Adam J. Sedia have joined the firm as associates. Mr. Hale focuses his practice on health care, with a concentration in medical malpractice defense. Mr. Sedia focuses on complex litigation matters, with particular focus on medical malpractice   Continue Reading »

Federal Court Dismisses Conspiracy Charges Against Officers and Municipalities in Murder Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, and Attorney, Michael J. Lizzadro, succeeded in getting a case dismissed against their clients – a police officer and an Illinois municipality.  The plaintiff sued Johnson & Bell’s clients, along with several other municipalities and their respective officers, after being arrested and charged with a shooting murder in   Continue Reading »

When Commercial Real Estate Transactions Go Bad: Mark Belongia Shares Insights and Advice for Cutting Losses

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, discussed commercial real estate transactions gone bad in a teleseminar presented by the Professional Education Broadcast Network. Mr. Belongia, along with Anthony Licata of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and Richard Goldberg, a retired partner from Ballard Spahr, spoke on “Unwinding A Commercial Real Estate Transaction Gone Bad”,   Continue Reading »

General Contractor Named on Sub’s Certificate of Insurance Insufficient to Garner Duty to Defend/Indemnify GC

Johnson & Bell Insurance Coverage Shareholder, Glenn F. Fencl, and Attorney, David J. Rock, won a coverage dispute on behalf of their insurance carrier client.  In this case, Johnson & Bell’s client had issued an insurance policy to a subcontractor at a construction jobsite. An employee of the subcontractor claimed he had been injured at   Continue Reading »

Credit Union's Website Target of ADA Lawsuit. Court Rules Plaintiff Case Lacks Standing. Appellate Court Affirms

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of a Johnson & Bell credit union client.  The ruling likely will affect similar discrimination suits brought by a plaintiff’s firm across the country.  In the lower court case, Johnson & Bell Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, secured dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed against his credit   Continue Reading »
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