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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 »
Joe Spitzzeri

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 »

Johnson & Bell Trio Helps Hospital Succeed at Labor Arbitration

Johnson and Bell Shareholders William K. McVisk and Genevieve M. LeFevour, and Johnson & Bell Associate Kevin A. Pacini successfully defended a hospital client in a labor arbitration proceeding alleging wrongful discharge.  The grievant, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, maintained he had been wrongfully discharged and that even if there were   Continue Reading »
Joe Spitzzeri

Spitzzeri to Moderate July 28 Employment Roundtable Discussion

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Joseph F. Spitzzeri will moderate the roundtable session, “A Sierra Nevada Look into Recent Employment and Labor Law Developments,” during the ALFA International 2017 Labor & Employment Conference. Mr. Spitzzeri’s session will review recent developments in employment law and analyze how the change in philosophy in the executive branch might affect   Continue Reading »

Thirty Johnson & Bell Attorneys Designated Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers in 2017

Congratulations to the Johnson & Bell attorneys designated as either Leading Lawyers or as Emerging Lawyers! 2017 Leading Lawyers William G. Beatty – Employee Benefits Law; Products Liability Defense Law John W. Bell – Medical Malpractice Defense Law; Personal Injury Defense Law; General Products Liability Defense Law Robert M. Burke – Personal Injury Defense Law:   Continue Reading »
Joe Marconi

Joseph R. Marconi to Discuss Complex Legal Malpractice Issues at ABA’s LPL Young Professionals Program

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Joseph R. Marconi will be a speaker on the Strategy Snapshots panel at the American Bar Association’s Lawyers’ Professional Liability Young Professionals Program scheduled for June 29 at the ABA HQ in Chicago. The program offers an educational and networking opportunity for young professional liability professionals and young lawyers. The Strategy Snapshots roundtable   Continue Reading »

Ruling Raises Questions about OSHA Worksite "Controlling Employer" Policy

An interesting legal development in Texas might prove significant for construction companies and other employers within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – and any other jurisdiction that follows its view. The ruling should also encourage employers in other jurisdictions to challenge their circuit court’s rulings on multiemployer or controlling employer policies   Continue Reading »
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