Joseph F. Spitzzeri is the co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Construction and Employment groups. His construction practice includes the defense of owners, architects, engineers and contractors in construction defect, construction personal injury and contract disputes. Mr. Spitzzeri also represents contractors and employees before the Inspectors General for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois, defends Fair Labor Standard Act cases and also defends Welfare & Pension Fund Contribution Deficiency and withdrawal liability cases.
Mr. Spitzzeri’s employment practice includes defending employers in EEOC and IDHR administrative proceedings, and proceedings in federal and state courts arising from Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Equal Pay Act and claims brought under the Illinois Human Rights Act. His employment practice also includes the drafting of employment policies as well as employee training. Mr. Spitzzeri represents municipalities in employment and civil rights litigation as well.
Mr. Spitzzeri previously worked as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, trying numerous cases in several circuit courts throughout Illinois. He has also tried cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, including two class actions. Mr. Spitzzeri has argued these same cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
An avid writer and speaker, Mr. Spitzzeri presents at the International Risk Management Institute’s Construction Risk Conference on topics such as Additional Insured Endorsements, Interacting with OSHA and Contractual Risk Transfer. Mr. Spitzzeri also speaks at the American Law Firm Association’s Labor and Employment conferences. His peers have noted his success as a trial attorney by honoring him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and he has been voted a “Super Lawyer” on numerous occasions.
Mr. Spitzzeri is a past member of the American, Illinois, Cook County and Kane County Bar Associations, and the Illinois Wind Working Group. He has also been a member of the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates - Chicago and the Illinois Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. Mr. Spitzzeri has achieved LEED certification.
Mr. Spitzzeri has been appointed to the Construction Management Association of the America Legal Counsel Committee. He has also served as President and Chairman of several societies, including the Kane County Justinian Society of Lawyers.
Mr. Spitzzeri is certified as a Chairperson for the Circuit Court of Cook County Court Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program.