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Johnson and Bell, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, has been named one of the “20 Under 40 Indiana Professionals” for 2010 by The Times of Northwest Indiana and BusINess magazine.

The Times of Northwest Indiana and BusINess magazine’s 20 Under 40 awards is an annual program that identifies and honors individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and have already become key players in the growth and development of northwest Indiana. This prestigious award serves to encourage young entrepreneurs, business owners as well as those who serve in government and non-profit sectors to develop their potential, reinforce their values and become role models for others. Each of The Times and BusINess magazine’s 20 Under 40 has an inspiring success story and Ms. Stanzione, who was selected from hundreds of upstanding nominees, stands proudly among those individuals selected for this year’s honor.

President William V. Johnson said “We are very pleased that Sharon has received this honor. She has earned it with her diligence and hard work in representing her clients.” Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn added, “Sharon is one of the few trial lawyers today that litigates cases to verdict regularly with excellent results for our clients. Her recognition is well-deserved.”

Ms. Stanzione concentrates her practice in civil trial and appellate litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice. She is experienced at navigating Indiana’s unique medical review panel system and her work has helped establish malpractice law in the State of Indiana. Ms. Stanzione has successfully tried cases to verdict throughout Indiana, and has argued cases in the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals, resulting in published opinions that have helped shape Indiana health care law. Just recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Ms. Stanzione’s client on a case of first impression in Indiana. The case has created favorable law for health care providers by protecting them from liability for the good faith reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect even in the event the underlying diagnosis, which leads to the report of suspected abuse, is determined to be inaccurate.

Along with her appellate work and litigation practice, Ms. Stanzione is a Registered Civil Mediator and she is able to provide her clients with expert legal counsel. Ms. Stanzione is experienced and available to speak on issues such as risk management, business start-up, trademark and health care law. Ms. Stanzione is an adjunct faculty member of Purdue University where she teaches Conflict Management and Organizational Leadership to undergraduate students.

Ms. Stanzione is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, Indiana State, and Lake County Bar Associations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Bar Association. She was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Ethics Task Force from 2000 to 2001. Ms. Stanzione is also a current member of the Calumet American Inns of Court where she has served as an officer.