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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 »

Best Lawyers recognizes Four Johnson & Bell Shareholders

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholders, William V. Johnson, John W. Bell, Brian C. Fetzer and D. Patterson Gloor, have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers lists are assembled by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers   Continue Reading »

Catherine P. Gorman

Catherine P. Gorman focuses her practice on asbestos and toxic tort, as well as complex commercial litigation. In asbestos and toxic tort matters, she has extensive experience representing manufacturers, public utilities and other companies throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. She also is experienced at conducting and defending depositions, reviewing medical records, drafting settlement agreements, releases and contracts, and presenting legal   Continue Reading »

Manganese Toxicity: Defending the Welding Rod Industry

Starting in the early 1990s, welders began suing the manufacturers of welding consumables claiming they developed a neurological disease caused by exposure to manganese in welding fumes. Pat Gloor, Steve Ellenbecker, and Steve Shear were retained by the welding industry to defend these cases in the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania)   Continue Reading »

When Manganese Presented a Potential Health Issue for the Welding Rod Industry, We Responded.

For a combined eight years, the team of D. Patterson Gloor, Stephen P. Ellenbecker and Steven M. Shear defended numerous claims within the welding rod industry alleging neurological damage and physical complications allegedly caused by manganese in welding fumes. Over the course of their defense of welding rod manufacturers, Messrs. Gloor, Ellenbecker and Shear developed unparalleled knowledge and   Continue Reading »

D. Patterson Gloor

D. Patterson Gloor has represented some of the country’s biggest companies in their most important civil litigation. He has tried more than 200 cases to verdict, in state and federal courts across the country, winning a national reputation for his skill with juries. His practice includes mass tort and environmental litigation (often as national coordinating   Continue Reading »

Stephen P. Ellenbecker

Stephen P. Ellenbecker concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, construction, and general civil litigation. Among other areas, he was a trial attorney on cases involving the food industry and welding industry. He works on litigation as both local and national counsel and coordinates scheduling, discovery and trial work with national and local counsels,   Continue Reading »

Steven M. Shear

Steven Shear focuses his practice in the area of product liability, mass torts and general civil litigation. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in employment matters at trial. He has represented the welding industry, alcohol manufacturers, garment manufacturers, tool manufacturers and vitamin manufacturers in product liability cases.  Steven has worked as both local and   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Steven Shear

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Owens, Cusack to Serve as Featured Speakers at July Product Liability & Complex Tort Conference

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Kevin G. Owens and Dennis C. Cusack, will be discussion leaders at the 2014 ALFA International Product Liability & Complex Tort Conference. Kevin Owens will serve as a panelist in a session on “The Politics of Litigation.” Kevin’s session will focus on the political issues involved when companies face significant litigation   Continue Reading »
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