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Johnson & Bell Receives Tier 1 Ranking from US News – Best Lawyers

In its recently released 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers gave Johnson & Bell, Ltd. a Tier 1 ranking as a top personal injury defense law firm. According to the two publications, firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently   Continue Reading »
Kevin G. Owens

Kevin Owens Named to ALFA International Board of Directors

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens was elected to the Board of Directors of ALFA International at the organization’s 2017 Annual Business Meeting, held October 25 – 28 in Baltimore, MD. He is one of four directors elected to serve three year terms, replacing current directors whose terms expired this year. Founded in 1980, ALFA   Continue Reading »
Brian Gainer

Gainer Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Police Officers

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Brian P. Gainer obtained a defense verdict in favor of his municipal clients, who faced multiple charges, along with a demand for significant monetary damages. In this case, the police officers responded to a traffic accident where they encountered the plaintiff, who had been involved in the accident. Plaintiff became combative   Continue Reading »

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 »
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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