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Johnson and Bell, Ltd. is pleased to announce that shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, has been named one of the “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for 2010 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” honors Illinois attorneys who show a passion for their profession, have had a series of successful verdicts, and above all, demonstrate a dedication and commitment to the legal profession. Honorees are chosen in a nomination process that evaluates candidates’ career achievements, advancement in their fields and community involvement. Ms. Renken was selected from over 1000 nominees statewide. Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi said “Sammi Renken is a lawyer’s lawyer. She has the drive to find the nugget in every case she handles. That is what separates her from the crowd.”

“Sammi is an excellent young attorney and is well deserving of this honor,” said William V. Johnson, President of Johnson and Bell, Ltd.

Ms. Renken has defended multiple area hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, urgent care centers, group homes for minors with developmental disability, same day surgery centers, individual physicians and nurses. She has defended claims across the spectrum of health care litigation including: birth injury, pharmaceutical and medical device product liability claims, cardiac care, emergency medicine, EMTALA claims, anesthesia related complications, surgical perforation and retained sponge claims, delay in cancer diagnosis, decubitus ulcer/wound care, plastic surgery claims, spinal cord injury, psychiatric care, restraints, organ transplantation, and medication error claims. Ms. Renken has participated in all aspects of cases that have gone to verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Renken earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999.