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Appellate Court Reverses Bench Trial Award on Plaintiff’s Statutory Wage and Hour Claims Against Non-Profit Religious Organization

The First District Appellate Court recently reversed a trial court judgment that, after a bench trial, had found in favor of plaintiff on her statutory claims under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (“IMWL”) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (“IWPCA”).  The plaintiff was awarded allegedly unpaid, regular wages and overtime wages, and she was   Continue Reading »

Schneiderman, Vickrey Secure Summary Judgment in Hospital Premises Liability Dispute

Johnson & Bell Attorneys, Brad R. Schneiderman and Caroline K. Vickrey, obtained summary judgment in a Cook County Circuit Court case in which the Plaintiff fell off of her rolling walker in our client’s medical center parking lot, fracturing her hip.  Plaintiff alleged the Defendant failed to repair, remedy or maintain an unreasonably dangerous condition   Continue Reading »

Chicago Law Firm, Partner Cleared in Dispute Over $5.75M Investment Scam

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph R. Marconi and Victor J. Pioli, successfully defended a Chicago law firm and one of its partners against fraud and breach of fiduciary duty charges related to an investment scam. The trial in DuPage County was one of the first conducted in Illinois since the COVID-19 pandemic halted most live   Continue Reading »

Belongia Resolves Corporate Ownership Dispute; Save Clients $2M

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, successfully resolved a corporate ownership dispute involving a commercial recycling plant, saving their clients nearly $2 million in the process.  In this ownership dispute, Mr. Belongia represented two of the four shareholders, each of whom held a 25 percent stake in the company.  Following the death of one   Continue Reading »

Belongia Leads $5.7M Financing Transaction for Air Transportation Company

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, along with Counsel, John D. Malarkey, and Associate Daniel R. Ahasay, recently closed a $5,750,000 credit facility for their client, a business executive air transportation company. The deal closed on February 26.  The highly complex financing transaction involved numerous state and federal regulatory bodies, including a local Chicago   Continue Reading »

Rantis Secures Dismissal with Prejudice in Speedway Spectator Accident

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Charles P. Rantis, obtained dismissal with prejudice of a complaint filed against a suburban racetrack and one of the race car drivers. In this case, plaintiff was attending a race at the speedway.  His ticket also granted plaintiff special access to the restricted pit area located adjacent to the race track,   Continue Reading »

LeFevour, Lukowicz Secure Dismissal of IDHR Charges Against Security Company

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Genevieve M. LeFevour, and Associate, Amber N. Lukowicz, received dismissal of charges in front of the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).  In this case, a former, part-time employee stated that he successfully performed his job duties as a security guard when his employer allegedly discharged him due to his race.    Continue Reading »

Kovarik, D’Avanzo Secure Defense Verdict in $1.85M Nursing Home Care Act Dispute

In a rare trial win for a nursing home, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Andrew J. Kovarik and Matthew P. D’Avanzo, obtained a verdict for the defense in a Nursing Home Care Act case.  In this case, the plaintiff alleged that she developed a wound at the defendant’s facility and there was no documentation assessing the   Continue Reading »

Cischke, Connery Secure Defense Verdict in Scoliosis Diagnosis Dispute Seeking $4M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stacey A. Cischke, and Attorney, Margaret A. Connery, obtained a defense verdict in favor of their health care clients from a Cook County jury in a medical malpractice dispute.  In this case, the plaintiff sought between $3-4 million in damages over an alleged failure to diagnose scoliosis in an adolescent, resulting   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Grabarek Secure Positive Outcome for Indiana Attorney Facing Felony Theft Charge, Six Year Sentence

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, and Counsel, Christopher J. Grabarek, secured an extremely positive outcome for an Indiana attorney who was charged with stealing her client’s settlement proceeds – a level five felony carrying a maximum six-year prison sentence.  In this case, the Indiana attorney (our client) was retained to represent a Gary   Continue Reading »
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