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David J. Rock Gets Summary Judgment in Coverage Case, Saving Client $300K

Johnson & Bell Attorney, David J. Rock, got summary judgment in favor of his client in a complex Underinsured Motorist (UIM) insurance coverage case in Cook County Chancery court. In this case, the plaintiff previously won an arbitration award for his UIM claim in the amount of $3 million against Rock’s client, an insurance company.   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri, Lizzadro Obtain Dismissal of Passenger's Claims in Airline Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, and Attorney, Michael J. Lizzadro, obtained partial summary judgment in favor of their airline client in a breach of contract dispute argued in federal court. In this airline dispute, a passenger sued the airline for breach of contract and violation of the Montreal Convention and EU 261 (the   Continue Reading »

American Overseas Group EVP and GC, Patricia A. Ryan, Joins Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. announced today that Patricia A. Ryan has joined the firm as a Shareholder.  Ms. Ryan comes to the firm from American Overseas Group Limited (AOREF), a Bermuda insurance holding company, where she served as executive vice president and general counsel for the holding company and operating entities since 2013.  She will   Continue Reading »

Patricia A. Ryan

Patricia A. Ryan focuses on insurance regulatory, transactional and risk management issues.  She is a former insurance company executive with extensive and diversified experience delivering legal counsel and practical business solutions to her clients.  Ms. Ryan represents clients in the financial services and insurance industries, including property and casualty insurers, captive insurers and reinsurers, producers,   Continue Reading »

Vicarious Liability Issue Earns General Contractor a Defense Under Subcontractor's GL Policy

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 »

Second Time Around, Hearn Secures (Another) Favorable Outcome in Motorcycle Lawsuit Seeking $1.1M

After a four-day trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn secured a favorable outcome for his insurance company client and its insured party.  At closing, plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict for $1.1 million.  The jury awarded the plaintiff $100,000. This was the second time Mr. Hearn tried this case, initially securing   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes David J. Rock

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David J. Rock

David J. Rock focuses his practice on insurance coverage and defense. He handles coverage disputes, including preparing coverage opinions and advocating for clients in declaratory judgment actions. Dave has practiced insurance coverage since becoming a licensed attorney in 2011. He also handles general negligence litigation and labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, he worked   Continue Reading »

Fencl, Spitzzeri to Speak at EPLI Seminar in NYC

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Glenn F. Fencl and Joseph F. Spitzzeri, will be featured speakers at the Strategic Considerations and Practical Solutions for Managing Employment-Related and Professional Liability Claims Seminar, which will be hosted by ALFA International’s Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, and Professional Liability practice groups. This seminar will take place June 8-10, 2016   Continue Reading »

Fencl Receives Summary Judgment in Construction Injury Coverage Dispute Seeking Recovery of $1.6M

In a construction injury coverage dispute, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Glenn F. Fencl successfully argued that his client’s duty to defend or indemnify a construction contractor as an additional insured was never properly triggered under the policy.  Based on this condition, Mr. Fencl further argued that the construction contractor was therefore not entitled to potentially   Continue Reading »
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