As co-founder and president of Johnson & Bell, William V. Johnson is an acclaimed litigator who has tried many high-profile catastrophic injury and mass tort cases in Chicago and across the United States. Since joining the firm in 1975, and becoming president in 1979, the firm has grown to 120 attorneys and gained a national reputation.
Mr. Johnson is a veteran trial attorney, who has tried virtually every type of civil injury case and defended many commercial liability, professional liability and trade secrets cases. He recently helped win a defense verdict from a Cook County, Ill., jury in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center, following a two-week medical negligence trial in which damages in excess of $45 million were sought. For their efforts, Mr. Johnson and his litigation team won the Outstanding Defense Verdict Award- Medical Malpractice at the 2012 Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Awards.
He has received many other accolades, including: The Best Lawyers in America since 1989, Who’s Who in American Law since 1987 and The International Who’s Who of Product liability Defense Lawyers. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, among other groups, and is a past president of the Chicago Society of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Johnson was admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association in 1966. (Member: Civil Practice and Procedure Section, 1984-88; and TIPS Professional Issues Committee, 1990-92). He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association; the American Bar Association; Society of Trial Lawyers (Director, 1981-1986; President, 1987-1988); Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago (Past Member of Board of Directors); Illinois Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; Federation of Insurance Counsel; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, International Society of Barristers; Panel Member, Professional Trial Lawyers College of Advocacy, Champaign, Illinois, 2002; and the American Board of Trial Advocates.