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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 »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Kevin A. Pacini

Johnson and Bell as seen in the Chicago Tribune.

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

Johnson and Bell as seen in the Chicago Tribune.

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 »

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissing Case Against Police Officers

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s summary judgment for Johnson & Bell’s clients, a municipality and its police officer employees.  In this case, plaintiff argued that the defendants violated her decedent’s due process rights, secured by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, by creating a danger that ultimately led to his   Continue Reading »

Brian P. Gainer Secures Defense Verdict for Chicago Police Officers

Brian Gainer recently obtained another not liable verdict from a federal court jury in a police misconduct case against the City of Chicago.  In this latest victory, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant police officers stopped his car for no reason, used excessive force while beating and tazering him repeatedly, and then maliciously prosecuted him   Continue Reading »

Monica Gutowski

Monica Gutowski focuses her practice on municipal liability, insurance defense and governmental tort liability. Ms. Gutowski has successfully defended cases in both state and federal court, in which she has obtained dismissals and summary judgment rulings in favor of her clients which include municipalities, police officers and security personnel. Ms. Gutowski has considerable litigation experience, having tried 34   Continue Reading »

Brian P. Gainer Earns Defense Verdict for Chicago Police Officers

Brian P. Gainer received a not guilty verdict for his clients, two Chicago Police Officers. The plaintiff alleged false arrest and unlawful search, and claimed emotional distress and mental anguish as a result of the arrest and for time spent in Cook County jail. The on-duty officers overheard a conversation about the sale of narcotics coming   Continue Reading »

Brian P. Gainer

Brian P. Gainer focuses in the areas of municipal and governmental tort liability, premises liability, product liability, trucking and transportation law, construction law and toxic torts.  Mr. Gainer was formerly a member of the Chicago Police Department, and received the Chicago City Council Lifesaving Award. He also was recently named chair of Johnson & Bell’s   Continue Reading »
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