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Kevin G. Owens To Lead Crisis Response Panel at Products Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens will speak at the 2017 Product Liability and Complex Torts Practice Group Seminar taking place from October 4-6, 2017 at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Owens will moderate the panel “I Hear You Knocking But You Can’t Come In!” The presentation will provide   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 »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Catherine P. Gorman

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Asbestos Cases

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Employee’s Direct Action Against Employer for Claimed Asbestos Related Illness In a much anticipated opinion, on November 4, 2015 the Illinois Supreme Court found that the provisions of Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act (“the Acts”) barred an employee from bringing a direct civil action against his   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Secures Not Guilty Verdict in Case Alleging Asbestos Exposure

On Friday afternoon May 1, 2015, a jury in the Northern District of Illinois returned a verdict for defendants ExxonMobil and Owens-Illinois, Inc. and rejecting plaintiff Charles Krik’s claim that his lung cancer developed as a result of a “synergistic effect” between his alleged asbestos exposure and his cigarette smoking.  It is one of the   Continue Reading »

Ava L. Caffarini

Ava L. Caffarini focuses her practice in toxic tort, with a concentration in asbestos litigation. She holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. While in law school, Ms. Caffarini participated in the Review of Intellectual Property Law, where her   Continue Reading »

James K. Toohey

James K. Toohey is the co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Toxic Tort defense group, focusing his area of practice in business law and litigation, as well as toxic tort. Within commercial and casualty litigation, Mr. Toohey has primarily represented manufacturers in products liability, toxic tort and commercial breach of contract and breach of warranty claims   Continue Reading »

Kevin G. Owens

Kevin G. Owens is a shareholder and co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Product Liability practice group. His civil litigation practice includes the defense and trial of catastrophic injury, consumer and other product liability actions, construction and general negligence actions, and the litigation of commercial disputes in state and federal courts.  His experience also includes litigation   Continue Reading »

Robert Spitkovsky, Jr.

Robert Spitkovsky, Jr. concentrates on toxic tort litigation, having extensive experience in asbestos and continuous exposure-related cases. Mr. Spitkovsky deals mostly in cases involving asbestos abatement in commercial property. Arguing in front of courts up to the Illinois Supreme Court, he regularly defends and wins favorable verdicts for suppliers of products containing asbestos in personal injury litigation.   Continue Reading »

H. Patrick Morris

H. Patrick Morris concentrates his practice in products liability, toxic tort, food-borne illness claims, regulatory matters, including OSHA hearings and investigations, and business litigation. He is a co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Toxic Tort group. A former adjunct law professor with Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Morris has taught  intensive clinical training in trial advocacy,   Continue Reading »
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