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Seeking $1.4M in Damages for Alleged Injuries, Plaintiff Feels Pain of Defense Verdict

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Charles P. Rantis, Jeffery G. Chrones and Timothy R. Couture, secured a defense verdict for their client, a public transportation agency, in a personal injury lawsuit.  At trial, the plaintiff sought $1.4 million in damages for alleged injuries suffered while a passenger on a vehicle owned by Johnson & Bell’s client.    Continue Reading »

Schneiderman Pours Cold Water on Plaintiff's Theory in Premises Liability Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brad R. Schneiderman, obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Chicagoland hospital in a premises liability lawsuit.  The plaintiff’s theory of this case alleged her slip and fall caused a cerebrospinal fluid leak that necessitated neurosurgical intervention.  Plaintiff alleged she slipped and fell after stepping off a wet floor mat inside   Continue Reading »

Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst

Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst concentrates her practice in civil litigation. Catherine is a U.S. Navy veteran, who pursued her education following her enlistment. After receiving her J.D. from Valparaiso University, Catherine spent more than 10 years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Indiana, where she successfully handled several major felony jury trials. She holds the Lake County   Continue Reading »

Sciortino to Discuss Product Safety Standards at DRI Conference

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Meghan M. Sciortino will present at DRI’s Product Liability Conference taking place from February 7-9, 2018, in San Diego. Her product safety presentation will focus on the following topic, “Gray Areas Involving Industry Standards: Proposed Standards, the Period Between Publication and Effective Date, and Industry Responsibility to Be Proactive.” Her co-presenters   Continue Reading »

Casciato, Swing Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Johnson & Bell has promoted Jack J. Casciato and Susan K. Swing to Shareholder at the firm. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on this achievement. Jack J. Casciato focuses his practice on defending trucking companies in trucking accidents and hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice actions.  He also defends nursing homes in litigation   Continue Reading »

Owens, Garvey and Kotsalieff Secure Summary Judgment in $45M Steel Mill Case

Johnson & Bell attorneys Kevin G. Owens, Patrick T. Garvey and Angela M. Kotsalieff recently obtained summary judgment in favor of their client in a case pending in Porter County, IN.  The case involved the catastrophic collapse of a huge industrial machine that was in service at a northwest Indiana steel mill.  Plaintiffs alleged that   Continue Reading »

Genome Sequencing and its Role in Medical Causation

A team of Johnson & Bell Shareholders presented an emerging issue in personal injury lawsuits – genome sequencing and its role in medical causation – to one of our clients.  D. Patterson Gloor, H. Patrick Morris, Gregory E. Schiller and Stephen P. Ellenbecker covered three primary issues, including: 1) the role of a person’s genome   Continue Reading »

Article Spotlights Johnson & Bell Women Attorneys in Role As First Chair

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin recently highlighted several Johnson & Bell women attorneys who have served as first chair trial attorneys.  The article, “Firm celebrates wins by women in first chair job,” notes that just 13 percent of cases had women attorneys appearing as lead counsel, according to a research report by the American Bar   Continue Reading »

Owens, Kotsalieff Co-Author Illinois Section of 50-State Product Liability Compendium

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens and Associate Angela M. Kotsalieff recently authored the Illinois section of a 50-state product liability compendium.  The Compendium offers a synopsis of significant case law or statutes involving whether pre-injury waivers of jury trials are enforceable in each state, whether pre-injury waivers/releases of claims for injury or death   Continue Reading »

Mahony, Thompson Secure Defense Verdict in $1.5M Hospital Negligence Case

After a five-day trial stemming from a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence, Johnson & Bell Associates, Mackenzie J. Mahony and David J. Thompson, obtained a defense verdict for their client, a hospital in the suburbs of Chicago. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital was negligent in its transport of the plaintiff, resulting in a laceration to   Continue Reading »
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