Joseph R. Marconi is the chair of Johnson & Bell's Business Litigation group and Professional Liability group. He handles and supervises complex civil litigation, including real estate and commercial disputes, professional liability and employment law.
Mr. Marconi successfully tries cases to verdict for various professionals including attorneys, accountants, appraisers and brokers. He prosecutes and defends cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, trademark and patent infringement. In addition, he has extensive experience with a wide range of real estate litigation, both in court and in arbitration, including disputes over purchase agreements, partnership agreements, management agreements, construction and lease disputes. He has represented a variety of lenders, other lien holders and property owners in foreclosures and workouts. His cases have involved the duties and obligations of directors and officers to their corporations, their shareholders and their creditors, as well as successful defenses for business clients from class actions by consumers. Mr. Marconi's experience also extends to areas of estate, trust and guardianship litigation.
He is a member of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, which works to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to the state courts. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Mr. Marconi to be an adviser to the Judicial Conference Committee on discovery which worked on the E-discovery amendments to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules. His accolades are numerous, including: The John Marshall Law School “Distinguished Service Award,” Illinois Super Lawyers in Business Litigation and the “Excellence in Business Litigation” honor from Chicago Magazine.
In addition to serving as general counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Company, Mr. Marconi is involved in several other organizations, including: the Illinois State, Wisconsin State, Chicago and American Bar Associations; the Iowa State Lettermen’s Club; National Italian American Foundation; Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers; Lawyers for Civil Justice; and ALFA International, of which he's a former board member.