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Stanzione, Bolde Secure Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case Against Indiana Hospital

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, and Associate, Michael J. Bolde, received a defense verdict in favor of their hospital client in a medical malpractice wrongful death case. The case involved a 28-year-old woman who came to the emergency room with chest congestion and was treated by an ER doctor and staff, then discharged.   Continue Reading »

Renken, Marshall Secure Defense Verdict in $2.75M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital

After nearly four weeks at trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, and Associate, John C. Marshall, obtained a defense verdict for their client, a major academic hospital in Chicago. Plaintiff sought $2.75 million in damages. In this case, plaintiff alleged the hospital was negligent by failing to prevent and treat a sacral pressure   Continue Reading »

Post-Shooting Drug and Alcohol Testing Required for Cops

Law enforcement agencies are your post-shooting testing programs in place? As of August 25, 2017, Illinois law enforcement agencies are required to adopt drug and alcohol testing policies for officer involved shootings. Specifically, 50 ILCS 727/1-25 provides an unfunded mandate requiring each agency to develop a written policy for any discharge of an officer’s firearm   Continue Reading »
Kevin G. Owens

Kevin G. Owens To Lead Crisis Response Panel at Products Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens will speak at the 2017 Product Liability and Complex Torts Practice Group Seminar taking place from October 4-6, 2017 at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Owens will moderate the panel “I Hear You Knocking But You Can’t Come In!” The presentation will provide   Continue Reading »
Brian Fetzer

Brian C. Fetzer Elected to Society of Trial Lawyers Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Society of Trial Lawyers elected Brian C. Fetzer to its board on September 12, 2017. Founded in 1934, The Society of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only group that includes many of Chicago’s top trial lawyers on both the defense and plaintiffs’ sides. The Society encourages and fosters a spirit   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Bars "Every Exposure" and "Cumulative Exposure" Theory of Causation

On August 31, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld key rulings on the admissibility of expert testimony in light of substantive law regarding causation.  Click here to download the ruling. Charles Krik alleged that his lung cancer was caused, in part, by exposure to asbestos attributable to his work at an Exxon Mobil   Continue Reading »

Glenn F. Fencl and David J. Rock Obtain Summary Judgment in Complex Coverage Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Glenn F. Fencl, and Attorney, David J. Rock, received summary judgment in favor of their client in a complex insurance coverage case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Messrs. Fencl and Rock represented an insurer which issued Commercial General Liability (CGL) and Employers’ Liability (EL)   Continue Reading »

Best Lawyers recognizes Four Johnson & Bell Shareholders

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholders, William V. Johnson, John W. Bell, Brian C. Fetzer and D. Patterson Gloor, have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers lists are assembled by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers   Continue Reading »
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Illinois Issues Ethics Opinion for In-House Corporate Counsel

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and General Counsel, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, provides his analysis of a new ethics opinion directed to in-house corporate counsel. In May 2017, the Illinois State Bar Association (“ISBA”) issued Ethics Opinion #17-05 relating to the ethical duties of in house corporate counsel. In essence, the opinion provides that an in-house corporate lawyer may   Continue Reading »

David J. Rock Gets Summary Judgment in Coverage Case, Saving Client $300K

Johnson & Bell Attorney, David J. Rock, got summary judgment in favor of his client in a complex Underinsured Motorist (UIM) insurance coverage case in Cook County Chancery court. In this case, the plaintiff previously won an arbitration award for his UIM claim in the amount of $3 million against Rock’s client, an insurance company.   Continue Reading »
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