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Comfort to Speak at Risk Management & Security Symposium

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert J. Comfort, is a featured speaker at the 2016 Risk Management & Security Symposium at the Chicago Hilton.  Mr. Comfort will discuss general liability issues, guest security and review recent legal cases involving the hospitality industry.  The Symposium is sponsored by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s Education Foundation and   Continue Reading »

Hotel Stalking and Guest Safety at Hotels

In the wake of the $55M verdict in the hotel stalking case involving Erin Andrews, one of the most popular items on the Johnson & Bell website over the past several days is Katherine A. Twardak’s article, Making Hotels Safer for Their Guests.  Ms. Twardak provides an overview of several steps hotels can implement to enhance   Continue Reading »

Risk Management "Moment" -- Enhancing Guest Safety at Hotels

Several quick suggestions for improving guest safety at hotels. Premises Audit: Often referred to as a legal liability audit, these initiatives help hotels identify and address the risks they face on their properties. The audit can be performed by a hotel’s security team or a third party, but it needs to be conducted by an   Continue Reading »

Southern Hospitality? Comfort Moderates ALFA Panel on Trial Tactics for Dealing with Opponents' Experts

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert J. Comfort, will moderate, “The X’s and O’s of Cross Examination: Strategies & Techniques for Cross-Examining Your Opponent’s Expert,” during the ALFA International 2014 Hospitality Law Practice Group Seminar in New Orleans, LA.  The seminar takes place from November 5-7, 2014.  On November 7, Bob’s panel will conduct re-enactments of actual   Continue Reading »

Comfort Moderates Panel at ALFA Hospitality Law Seminar

Robert J. Comfort, Johnson & Bell shareholder, moderated the panel discussion, “Under Lock & Key – Who’s in Control? (The Franchisor-Franchisee Dilemma)” at ALFA International’s Hospitality Law Seminar in Coronado, CA.  Bob serves as co-chair of J&B’s Hospitality practice group.  His panel wrestled with the critical role “control” plays in assessing liability when mishaps occur   Continue Reading »

Matthew L. Johnson Receives Favorable Result in Premises Liability Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Matt Johnson, obtained a favorable result for a national restaurant chain in a premises liability case. Plaintiff claimed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) stemming from a fall inside a restaurant which occurred while plaintiff, a 39-year-old beer delivery man, was transporting 2 kegs of beer plus a cylinder of beer (300 +   Continue Reading »

Joseph F. Spitzzeri

Joseph F. Spitzzeri is the co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Construction and Employment groups. His construction practice includes the defense of owners, architects, engineers and contractors in construction defect, construction personal injury and contract disputes.  Mr. Spitzzeri also represents contractors and employees before the Inspectors General for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois,   Continue Reading »

Matthew L. Johnson

Matthew L. Johnson is a member of Johnson & Bell’s health care law department. Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, with particular emphasis on defending hospitals and long-term care facilities from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. He is a trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal courts,   Continue Reading »

Michael J. Linneman

Michael J. Linneman focuses his practice on trucking, transportation law, premises liability and general negligence. Mr. Linneman represented creditors and other interested parties before several U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Clients include: construction contractors, trucking companies and business and property owners. He has tried several jury and bench trials to verdict and represented clients in dozens of   Continue Reading »

Robert J. Comfort

Robert J. Comfort focuses in general negligence, premises liability, transportation and trucking, hotel hospitality, as well as medical malpractice and aviation. Mr. Comfort has represented a national hotel chain, and handled cases in several states. In addition to Illinois, he has appeared as trial counsel in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New York and Texas. For the   Continue Reading »
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