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Second Time Around, Hearn Secures (Another) Favorable Outcome in Motorcycle Lawsuit Seeking $1.1M

After a four-day trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn secured a favorable outcome for his insurance company client and its insured party.  At closing, plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict for $1.1 million.  The jury awarded the plaintiff $100,000. This was the second time Mr. Hearn tried this case, initially securing   Continue Reading »

Stephen P. Ellenbecker Discusses Food Borne Litigation Issues at University of Nebraska Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen P. Ellenbecker, served as a featured presenter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s FDST 951: Advanced Food Science Seminar.  The March 13 event was sponsored by the University’s Department of Food Science and Technology.  Mr. Ellenbecker’s presentation, “Whole Genome What? Genetic Fingerprinting in Litigation,” was attended by students and professors in   Continue Reading »

Katie E. Gorrie Secures Summary Judgment in Significant Defense Win for General Contractor

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, obtained summary judgment in a construction negligence claim filed against her client, a large general contractor in Illinois. It is rare that motions for summary judgment are granted in construction negligence cases, which makes this ruling a development of potential interest to general contractors throughout Illinois. In this   Continue Reading »
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Seeking Nearly $1 Million for Fall, Plaintiff Walks Away with $37,500

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn received a very favorable outcome in a three-day jury trial in Federal Court in Indiana. The case involved a 65-year-old woman who took one step out of her car in a parking lot of a national retail pharmacy chain and fell, fracturing her femur, which required surgery, insertion   Continue Reading »

Robert Dignam, Labor and Employment Attorney, to Discuss Social Media’s Impact on the Workplace

Please note: Due to snowy conditions in Indiana, this seminar has been postponed until May 17, 2017. Social media has revolutionized how we interact with one another in both personal and professional relationships, but many employers wonder whether it’s impact is as beneficial in the workplace. Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert J. Dignam, a member   Continue Reading »
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Fetzer, Renken to Serve as Defense Attorneys in ABOTA's Masters In Trial Program

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Brian C. Fetzer and Sammi L. Renken, will be featured trial attorneys at the upcoming Masters in Trial program hosted by the American Board of Trial Advocates.  The event takes place on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 8 am to 5 pm at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Attorneys Selected as 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to our attorneys chosen as either a Super Lawyer or as a Rising Star! 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers Robert J. Dignam – Employment & Labor Stephen A. Tyler – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice 2017 Indiana Rising Star Michael J. Bolde – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is   Continue Reading »

Manganese Toxicity: Defending the Welding Rod Industry

Starting in the early 1990s, welders began suing the manufacturers of welding consumables claiming they developed a neurological disease caused by exposure to manganese in welding fumes. Pat Gloor, Steve Ellenbecker, and Steve Shear were retained by the welding industry to defend these cases in the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania)   Continue Reading »
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Kevin G. Owens Named Program Chair for ALFA International’s 2017 International Client Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Kevin G. Owens, has been appointed Program Chair for ALFA International’s 2017 International Client Seminar (ICS), to be held March 2 – 5, 2017 at Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club in Aventura, FL. The ICS is ALFA’s premier annual event, and its most comprehensive legal seminar of the year.  This   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Attorneys Selected as 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to our 16 attorneys chosen as Super Lawyers and our 4 attorneys chosen as Rising Stars! For Shareholder, Robert M. Burke, this marks his tenth year on the Super Lawyers list. 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers William G. Beatty – Personal Injury Defense: General John W. Bell – Civil Litigation Defense Robert M. Burke – Civil Litigation Defense Stephen P. Ellenbecker   Continue Reading »
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