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Johnson & Bell, Ltd. announced today that Financial Services and Commercial Litigator, Mark D. Belongia, has joined the firm as a Shareholder.  Mr. Belongia comes to the firm from Thompson Coburn, where he was a Partner advising and defending banks and thrift organizations in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.  Mr. Belongia will join the firm’s Business Litigation and Commercial Transactions practices.

“Mark is a key addition to our firm as we continue to expand our commercial law capabilities to meet ongoing client needs,” explained Joseph R. Marconi, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.  “We plan to continue to build out our corporate group by adding skilled practitioners offering in-depth experience and expertise at attractive hourly rates,” Marconi stated. “Mark is the next step in that direction.”

For the past 20 years, Mr. Belongia has worked with banks of all sizes, ranging from major financial institutions headquartered in the nation’s money centers to regional and small community banks.  His clients include bank holding companies, financial service affiliates and their joint venture partnerships.  On behalf of his financial services clients, Mr. Belongia routinely interacts with federal and state regulators.  He represents clients before the Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.  In addition, he works with state banking, securities and insurance regulatory agencies.

Mr. Belongia’s business litigation experience focuses on cases in the banking, commercial, sports and entertainment areas.  He has represented clients in a variety of cases, including white collar litigation, government enforcement actions and compliance matters.