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Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Trial Attorney, Sammi L. Renken, will discuss strategies and techniques for delivering effective opening statements at the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ (WBAI) Civil Litigation Dinner.  The event takes place at the Hotel Allegro, Savoy Room, on November 9, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County Judge, the Honorable Lynn M. Egan, is the featured guest for the evening.  She has invited Ms. Renken and other trial lawyers to join her as they provide tips and strategies for crafting and delivering effective opening statements.

Ms. Renken is an experienced trial lawyer with litigation, advocacy and counseling skills that cross practice areas. Based on a broad jury trial background, Ms. Renken provides solutions and results for her client’s most challenging cases.  Her practice has included representation and trials involving malpractice and medical actions, commercial and business disputes, nursing home litigation, medical device lawsuits, and attorney malpractice litigation.

The event is open to WBAI members and non-members.  Tickets are available by visiting

For more information, please contact the event Chairs, Courtney Lindbert ( or Melanie VanOverloop (