Matthew L. Johnson is a member of Johnson & Bell’s health care law department. Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, with particular emphasis on defending hospitals and long-term care facilities from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. He is a trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal courts, including cases involving patient suicide, surgical and anesthesia complications, informed consent and birth injury.
Mr. Johnson routinely handles high-profile and high-exposure matters for his health care industry clients. He has extensive experience in helping his clients navigate high-stakes litigation with success and cost efficiency. Mr. Johnson has conducted numerous pre-litigation investigations for his clients and has defended individual health care providers in connection with regulatory investigations.
In 2012, along with firm president William V. Johnson, he was the recipient of the award for the outstanding defense verdict in medical malpractice by the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter. 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. The Best Lawyers in America has included Mr. Johnson in the 2021 edition.
In addition to his health care clients, Mr. Johnson represents a number of insurance companies in the defense of their insureds on personal injury and wrongful death matters. These include cases involving premises liability, construction liability and transportation liability.
Mr. Johnson is an active member of several legal and health care-oriented organizations. These include the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC), the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), and the Chicago Hospital Risk Management Society (CHRMS), where he serves on the board of directors. He is a frequent speaker on medical liability and risk management issues for hospitals and long-term care facilities.