Johnson & Bell recently added two new attorneys to the firm. Samuel D. Branum and Shana J. Scheid have joined the firm as associates. Mr. Branum concentrates his practice on municipal liability. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Branum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Baker of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. During the clerkship, he worked extensively on Section 1983 prisoner litigation cases, drafting over fifty summary judgment orders in cases involving a wide variety of claims. Ms. Scheid focuses her practice on premises liability, construction law, product liability and transportation law. She has successfully represented insureds in coverage disputes with their carriers and individuals in contract disputes with former employers. Ms. Scheid has litigated 49 jury trials to verdict and 12 bench trials to judgment.