John W. Bell is co-founder and vice president of Johnson & Bell, as well as one of the firm’s managing partners. He concentrates his practice in product liability and defense of complex/catastrophic litigation, with a focus on defense of personal injury litigation.
Mr. Bell’s experience is vast, including high-profile cases, now featured in many reputable law journals.
The Best Lawyers in America has included Bell each year since 1995. Chicago Lawyer magazine has also named him one of the Top 20 Tort Defense Lawyers in Chicago. Additionally, Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyers named him in 2009 as one of the “Top 10 Attorneys in Illinois.”
Mr. Bell has also been featured in the National Law Journal for successful defense verdicts, most notably for one of the best defense verdicts of 2000. In 2002, DRI’s For the Defense magazine also featured Mr. Bell as a “Member of the Month,” highlighting defense lawyers and their impact on the public good.
A frequent faculty speaker to various professional associations, Mr. Bell has written articles on various aspects of trial practice. Mr. Bell belongs to the Illinois, Chicago and American Bar Association, as well as the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois. His other memberships include the Defense Research Institute, the Society of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Insurance Defense Counsel, and the Federal Trial Bar.
He holds several leadership roles: Mr. Bell is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is past president of the American Board of Trial Advocates Illinois Chapter.