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William V. Johnson, President/Shareholder, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. is a 1966 graduate of Chicago-Kent, 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. A co-founder of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Mr. Johnson has also served as the firm’s president since 1979 and during this tenure, the firm has grown to 120 attorneys. The firm, founded in 1975, has continually received national recognition for its trial and appellate advocacy, and has been acknowledge by American Lawyer’s Corporate Counsel Magazine as one of the Top 100 Law Firms in client satisfaction. Over the years, Mr. Johnson has tried virtually every type of civil injury case and has also defended many commercial liability, professional liability and trade secret cases throughout his career.

An active member in nearly a dozen professional organizations, Mr. Johnson is past president of the Chicago Society of Trial Lawyers and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. In April 2011, he was inducted into the 2011 Illinois State Bar Association’s Class of Laureates, joining a group of only 102 distinguished Illinois attorneys with this selection. Bill has been listed in “The Best Lawyers of America” since 1989, “Who’s Who in American Law” since 1987 and “The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers.”

The Professional Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the following fields: 1) the practice of law, 2) the judiciary, 3) public service/government, 4) business/commerce, or 5) the media.

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