Johnson & Bell, Ltd. co-founder and Vice President, John W. Bell, is being honored as Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America©. He is being recognized as Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation Defense.
In addition, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, John W. Bell, Robert M. Burke, Brian C. Fetzer, D. Patterson (Pat) Gloor, William V. Johnson and Joseph R. Marconi, have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Best Lawyers lists are assembled by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers on a confidential basis. The lists are intended to achieve the consensus opinion of leading lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same legal practice area and geographical area.
As co-founder and Vice President of Johnson & Bell, John W. Bell concentrates his practice in product liability and defense of complex/catastrophic litigation, with a focus on defense of personal injury litigation. Mr. Bell has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1995. Mr. Bell has been honored with numerous awards for his litigation defense success, including receiving the Litigation Defense Achievement Award in 2016 at the Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Excellence Awards Ceremony.
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. Mr. Johnson has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989, and is being recognized in the area of personal injury litigation in the current edition.
Robert M. Burke is co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Transportation group and works extensively in transportation litigation, including trucking and railroad. He also focuses on products liability, general negligence, premises liability and retail liability. Recognizing his success as a litigator, his peers have nominated him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Brian C. Fetzer is co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Health Care group, and concentrates his practice on health care law, as well as product liability. He has been awarded multiple honors, including one of the “Top 20 Defense Lawyers” in Chicago by Chicago Lawyer magazine, the Trial Lawyers Excellence Award in 2010 by the Jury Verdict Reporter and an AV rating from Martindale- Hubbell, a nomination by his peers. He is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of personal injury litigation as well.
Pat Gloor has represented some of the country’s biggest companies in their most important civil litigation. Mr. Gloor’s mass tort defense work involves defending companies across a wide spectrum of issues, and he has tried more than 200 cases to verdict, in state and federal courts across the country, winning a national reputation for his skill with juries. Mr. Gloor is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in the areas of commercial litigation and product liability litigation.
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. 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.
Johnson & Bell’s attorneys are recognized annually for their trial excellence. This year, in addition to Best Lawyers, the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell for outstanding legal skill.