Kevin G. Owens is a shareholder and co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Product Liability practice group. His civil litigation practice includes the defense and trial of catastrophic injury, consumer and other product liability actions, construction and general negligence actions, and the litigation of commercial disputes in state and federal courts. His experience also includes litigation of construction product defect actions, and litigation of contract actions at law and equity.
Mr. Owens has successfully defended medical device manufacturers in product liability litigation at both the state court and federal court levels including Federal Multi-District Litigation, including the defense of bone fixation devices, breast implants, artificial skin products, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (“CPAP”) devices. He has also successfully defended numerous manufactures of all manner of heavy industrial machinery and equipment. A frequent lecturer and panelist for continuing legal education programs, Mr. Owens has addressed issues covering all areas of product liability law; evidence and trial strategy; and medical-device litigation.
Recognized by his peers with an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Owens also served on the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee from 1987 to 1992. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and serves on its Product Liability practice Group Steering Committee. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Product Liability and Complex Litigation Practice Group of ALFA International, and a member of its steering committee. Mr. Owens is regularly recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of product liability defense.
Mr. Owens is also active in his community. He is the past president of the St. Francis Xavier Parish school board, in LaGrange, Illinois, a director of La Grange Park Little League Baseball, and past president of the Nazareth Academy High School Father’s Club, where he organized to raise funds to provide scholarships and tuition assistance to deserving students. Mr. Owens is also a volunteer fundraiser for Misericordia Home in Chicago.