As a founding shareholder of Johnson & Bell, Jack T. Riley has more than 30 years of experience in jury trials/civil litigation. Mr. Riley currently focuses on health care and complex/catastrophic litigation, having tried numerous catastrophic and/or complex tort cases in both state and federal court.
A frequent author and lecturer on tort and civil practice issues, Mr. Riley has contributed to the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.
Mr. Riley has won numerous accolades, including being the first recipient of the first John E. Guy Award in 1994 from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) for his contributions to the defense bar. He holds an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Illinois Super Lawyers named him to its ranks in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Mr. Riley is a member of the Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors 2002-2005), the Trial Lawyers Club, and the Society of Trial Lawyers. He has been active in several defense organizations, including the IDC, where he was the founding editor of The IDC Quarterly and served as editor-in-chief from 1989 until 1994, and served as president from 1999 to 2000. He was president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel from 2003 to 2004; he also chaired the FDCC Publications Committee from 1994 until 1998, with overall responsibility for all publications, including its law journal, The FDCC Quarterly. Riley has been a director (2002-2005) and member of the Executive committee (2003-3004) of Lawyers for Civil Justice in Washington, D.C.