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The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin recently highlighted several Johnson & Bell women shareholders 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 appearing as lead counsel, according to a research report by the American Bar Association. Continue Reading »
An interesting legal development in Texas might prove significant for construction companies and other employers within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – and any other jurisdiction that follows its view. The ruling should also encourage employers in other jurisdictions to challenge their circuit court’s rulings on multiemployer or controlling employer policies Continue Reading »
On May 22, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made an important announcement that affects the reporting of injuries at the workplace. OSHA announced it is suspending its previously issued electronic reporting requirements on workplace injuries. Earlier this year, OSHA had instituted a new rule that was to take effect in July that Continue Reading »
Johnson & Bell Shareholder William K. McVisk and Associate Attorney, David J. Rock, recently obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of their contractor client in an insurance coverage dispute in the Chancery Division in Cook County. The dispute involved whether the contractor was entitled to a defense under its subcontractor’s general liability insurance policy, Continue Reading »
Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, obtained summary judgment in a construction negligence claim filed against her client, a large general contractor in Illinois. It is rare that motions for summary judgment are granted in construction negligence cases, which makes this ruling a development of potential interest to general contractors throughout Illinois. In this Continue Reading »
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Stephen P. Ellenbecker concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, construction, and general civil litigation. He also handles cases involving the food industry and welding industry. He has utilized bacterial genomic sequencing to defend foodborne outbreak litigation, and uses human genome sequencing to establish alternative causation and dispel notions of genetic susceptibility. In Continue Reading »
Defense attorneys and their clients received a boost in construction accident cases involving personal injury thanks to a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling. The decision restricts construction negligence and premises liability theories of recovery in Illinois. Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, provides an overview of the decision and its potential impact.
Katie Gorrie to Moderate Discussion on Getting More Women Litigators into the Lead Trial Counsel Role
Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Trial Lawyer, Katie E. Gorrie, will moderate the discussion, “A Woman’s Place: Getting into the First Chair,” at ALFA International’s upcoming 2016 Women’s Initiative Program on October 27, 2016. Ms. Gorrie’s panel is part of a series of presentations and discussions of the reasons for the disproportionately low percentage of Continue Reading »
On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, which directly impacts employer recordkeeping. The revised regulations impose a new obligation that requires many employers to annually submit certain electronic injury and illness data directly to OSHA. This information will then Continue Reading »