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Johnson & Bell Shareholders John W. Bell, William V. Johnson, Joseph R. Marconi, Robert M. Burke, Brian C. Fetzer, D. Patterson Gloor, Matthew L. Johnson, and Sharon L. Stanzione have been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. In addition, Monica Burkoth, Matthew P. D’Avanzo, Martha E. Drouet, and David F. Jasinski have been included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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.

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch lists are assembled in the same way as the Best Lawyers® lists. Recipients typically have been practicing between 5-9 years, and in that time have showed professional excellence in private practice.

John W. Bell is a co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Johnson & Bell and 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. He is being recognized in the area of personal injury litigation.

William V. Johnson is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Johnson & Bell, Mr.  Johnson is an acclaimed litigator who has tried many high-profile catastrophic injury and mass tort cases in Chicago, and across the United States. He 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.

Joseph R. Marconi is the President of the firm, as well as 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 is a member of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, which works with state chief justices and state court leaders on judicial reform issues.  He also is a member of the Lawyers for Civil Justice and participates on its Civil Justice Fellows Program, along with representatives of corporate America and other law firm leaders. He is being recognized in professional malpractice law.

Robert M. Burke is a Vice President of the firm, as well as the 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. He is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of personal injury litigation.

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.

D. Patterson (Pat) Gloor is a Shareholder with Johnson & Bell and 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.

Matthew L. Johnson is a Vice President of the firm and co-chair of its health care law group.  He represents several Illinois healthcare delivery systems in the defense of medical negligence lawsuits, as well as local and regional long-term care facilities in lawsuits involving the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.  He has successfully tried cases to verdict in Cook County and throughout the state of Illinois.  In addition, he represents health care providers in proceedings brought by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDPFR).   He has also been selected as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2009-2019 in the area of medical malpractice defense. He is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of medical malpractice law.

Sharon L. Stanzione is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. She has successfully navigated Indiana’s medical review panel system receiving favorable results at the panel stage and at trial for more than 20 years. Ms. Stanzione has dedicated her career to providing legal counseling for health care providers and defending them in medical malpractice litigation. Her clients include numerous hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians, nurses and other health care organizations and professionals. Ms. Stanzione has been recognized by her peers with an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell demonstrating that she has reached the highest level of professional excellence, skill, and integrity. Ms. Stanzione is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in health care law.

Monica Burkoth is a Shareholder and has successfully defended cases in both state and federal court, and has an excellent record in obtaining favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgment rulings in her focus on municipal liability, class actions, civil rights law and prison litigation. Her clients include municipalities, law enforcement officers and security personnel. Ms. Burkoth was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2018, 2019 and 2020. She is being recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in civil rights law.

Matthew P. D’Avanzo is a Shareholder and focuses on health care law, with a concentration in medical malpractice defense. He has defended numerous cases relating to medical malpractice and the Nursing Home Care Act. In addition to his health care law practice, Mr. D’Avanzo has successfully participated in jury trials, summary judgments and dismissals on cases involving false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. He was selected as an  Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for the years 2015-2020. Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers 2015-2020. He is recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of medical malpractice law.

Martha E. Drouet is an Associate Attorney with Johnson & Bell where she concentrates her practice on defending hospitals and healthcare practitioners against medical malpractice, nursing home act, and general negligence claims.  She has also served as national counsel for a prominent product manufacturer where she was charged with identifying defense strategy, monitoring local counsel, and determining when to step in and litigate cases via pro hac vice admission in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. Ms. Drouet was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2019 and 2020. She is recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones to Watch in the areas of mass tort litigation and class actions.

David F. Jasinski is an Associate Attorney with Johnson & Bell where he concentrates his practice in health care law, focusing on medical malpractice and long-term care defense. Mr. Jasinski represents physicians, nurses, medical practices and nursing homes in a wide variety of medical negligence matters throughout Illinois and at the federal level in civil rights and correctional healthcare litigation matters and has successfully prevailed on numerous dispositive motions. Mr. Jasinski was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2018, 2019 and 2020. He is recognized as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in medical malpractice law.

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.