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Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Monica Burkoth and Matthew P. D’Avanzo have been promoted to Shareholder.  Prior to being promoted, Ms. Burkoth and Mr. D’Avanzo were associates at the firm.

“We are proud to welcome Monica and Matt to the rank of Shareholder,” said Joseph R. Marconi, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. “They are part of our group of talented, young trial attorneys.  They are well-regarded by their colleagues and their clients.  We look forward to their continued growth over the coming years at Johnson & Bell.”

Since joining Johnson & Bell in 2014, Ms. Burkoth has focused her practice on municipal liability, class actions, civil rights law and prison litigation. Her clients include municipalities, law enforcement officers and security personnel. Ms. Burkoth 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. Ms. Burkoth has tried 37 jury trials to verdict.  She was recently part of the trial team that secured a defense verdict in a wrongful death case that stemmed from an officer-involved shooting.

She has been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2018 and 2019. While in law school, she was a Board Member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, and also participated in several national mock trial competitions, taking first place in the Texas Young Lawyers Advocacy National Trial Competition.

Mr. D’Avanzo also began his career with Johnson & Bell in 2014. He 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 also has handled the defense of a class action case brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Mr. D'Avanzo holds a B.A. in Economics & Business with a minor in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While attending Loyola, he received a certificate in trial advocacy. He was also a member of the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court team. He also has been named an Illinois Rising Star from 2015-2019.

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