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Gainer Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Police Officers

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Brian P. Gainer obtained a defense verdict in favor of his municipal clients, who faced multiple charges, along with a demand for significant monetary damages. In this case, the police officers responded to a traffic accident where they encountered the plaintiff, who had been involved in the accident. Plaintiff became combative   Continue Reading »

Post-Shooting Drug and Alcohol Testing Required for Cops

Law enforcement agencies are your post-shooting testing programs in place? As of August 25, 2017, Illinois law enforcement agencies are required to adopt drug and alcohol testing policies for officer involved shootings. Specifically, 50 ILCS 727/1-25 provides an unfunded mandate requiring each agency to develop a written policy for any discharge of an officer’s firearm   Continue Reading »

Kevin A. Pacini

Kevin A. Pacini concentrates his practice in municipal and government tort liability, health care law, and general negligence. Mr. Pacini defends municipalities and law enforcement agencies throughout Cook County. He also defends hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in all phases of medical malpractice and nursing home cases. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Pacini worked   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Kevin A. Pacini

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Gainer to Speak at International Association of Claim Professionals Annual Conference

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, will be a featured speaker at the 2016 International Association of Claim Professionals Annual Conference on September 28, 2016 in Sonoma, California. Mr. Gainer will discuss recent incidents of alleged police misconduct across the nation, and will examine how those incidents affect the defense of police officers and   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Names Brian P. Gainer Municipal Liability Practice Chair

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Brian P. Gainer Named Chairman of Johnson & Bell’s Municipal Liability Practice Group

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Brian P. Gainer has been named chairman of Johnson & Bell’s Municipal Liability practice group. Mr. Gainer’s impressive qualifications in the courtroom, combined with his commitment to his clients, make him ideal for this leadership role.  Mr. Gainer’s trial record includes securing more than a dozen defense   Continue Reading »

ADA Compliance Enforcement Shifts Focus to Local Governments

ADA compliance enforcement is zeroing in on local governments. Long an issue of seemingly more bluster than action, access to local government facilities for people with disabilities has taken on a new urgency. The Justice Department recently reached an agreement with McLennan County, TX to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people   Continue Reading »

Defense Verdict for Chicago Police Officer in $15M Wrongful Death Case

In a wrongful death case seeking $15 million in damages against a Chicago police officer, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, and Associate Attorney, Monica Gutowski, secured a defense verdict in favor of their client. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that a Chicago police officer shot and killed the decedent without legal justification.  Moreover, the   Continue Reading »

Beatty, Gainer Get Multiple Charges Dismissed Against Chicago Police Officer

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, William G. Beatty and Brian P. Gainer, successfully defended a Chicago Police Officer in a case involving charges of civil rights violations (under Section 1983), a statutory “hate crime”, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  In this federal court case, the plaintiff, who worked as a “bouncer” in a Chicago   Continue Reading »
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