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Christopher W. Niro

Christopher W. Niro represents individuals and entrepreneurs, as well as mid-size companies and multinationals to address their business and intellectual property challenges and grow their portfolios.  He has extensive experience with all aspects of intellectual property litigation in both State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  He advises his clients with regards to patents, trademarks,   Continue Reading »

William L. Niro

Plaintiff, Defendant, Fortune 500 company, mid-size, family-owned business, start-up enterprises, individuals. In his distinguished 40 year career in law, William L. Niro has represented all of them – in business transactions, in securing patents, trademarks and copyrights, and in resolving disputes through mediation,  trial and settlement.  He has tried cases on behalf of U.S. and   Continue Reading »

Daniel M. Yukich

Daniel M. Yukich concentrates his practice in health care, handling medical malpractice litigation matters and Nursing Home Act cases.  Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Yukich was an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office where he served in various divisions within the office from 2011 to 2017. Mr. Yukich has   Continue Reading »

Mary K. Volk

Mary K. Volk concentrates her practice in the areas of medical malpractice litigation, hospital liability defense and long-term care litigation. Ms. Volk received her B.A., cum laude, from Lake Forest College in 2009 and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2013.  While a student at Chicago-Kent, Ms. Volk received the CALI award in   Continue Reading »

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 »

Jack E. Bentley

Jack E. Bentley concentrates his practice in general negligence, employment, products liability, medical malpractice, municipal and governmental tort liability. Mr. Bentley’s practice includes the defense of security consultants and loss prevention companies. Mr. Bentley’s first position out of law school was with the Reinsurance department at CNA, after which he spent four years as an   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Raises Over $2400 for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids Campaign

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys and staff took to the streets of downtown Chicago to raise money for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids campaign. Associate attorney, Katherine A. Twardak, who organized the effort, reports that our attorneys and staff stood on the corners of Dearborn and   Continue Reading »

Risk Management "Moment" -- Enhancing Guest Safety at Hotels

Several quick suggestions for improving guest safety at hotels. Premises Audit: Often referred to as a legal liability audit, these initiatives help hotels identify and address the risks they face on their properties. The audit can be performed by a hotel’s security team or a third party, but it needs to be conducted by an   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Beatty Wins Summary Judgment for Health Insurer

A Clark County, Illinois trial judge has granted a motion brought by Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder William G. Beatty for summary judgment on behalf of a health insurance company, finding that the pre-existing condition exclusion in the policy issued to the plaintiff applied to the plaintiff’s claim as a matter of law. The court determined,   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Ruling Provides a Risk Management “Moment” on Duty to Defend

Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company repeatedly refused to defend its insured in a commercial trucking versus car accident.  It gambled and lost. As the Appellate Court ruling states, the outcome provides a warning for insurance companies who refuse to defend their insureds. The Appellate Court ruled that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of   Continue Reading »
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