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Casciato, Swing Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Johnson & Bell has promoted Jack J. Casciato and Susan K. Swing to Shareholder at the firm. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on this achievement. Jack J. Casciato focuses his practice on defending trucking companies in trucking accidents, hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice actions, nursing homes in litigation brought pursuant to the   Continue Reading »

Owens, Garvey and Kotsalieff Secure Summary Judgment in $45M Steel Mill Case

Johnson & Bell attorneys Kevin G. Owens, Patrick T. Garvey and Angela M. Kotsalieff recently obtained summary judgment in favor of their client in a case pending in Porter County, IN.  The case involved the catastrophic collapse of a huge industrial machine that was in service at a northwest Indiana steel mill.  Plaintiffs alleged that   Continue Reading »

Genome Sequencing and its Role in Medical Causation

A team of Johnson & Bell Shareholders presented an emerging issue in personal injury lawsuits – genome sequencing and its role in medical causation – to one of our clients.  D. Patterson Gloor, H. Patrick Morris, Gregory E. Schiller and Stephen P. Ellenbecker covered three primary issues, including: 1) the role of a person’s genome   Continue Reading »

Owens, Kotsalieff Co-Author Illinois Section of 50-State Product Liability Compendium

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens and Associate Angela M. Kotsalieff recently authored the Illinois section of a 50-state product liability compendium.  The Compendium offers a synopsis of significant case law or statutes involving whether pre-injury waivers of jury trials are enforceable in each state, whether pre-injury waivers/releases of claims for injury or death   Continue Reading »

Kevin Owens Named to ALFA International Board of Directors

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens was elected to the Board of Directors of ALFA International at the organization’s 2017 Annual Business Meeting, held October 25 – 28 in Baltimore, MD. He is one of four directors elected to serve three year terms, replacing current directors whose terms expired this year. Founded in 1980, ALFA   Continue Reading »

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 »

Brian C. Fetzer Elected to Society of Trial Lawyers Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Society of Trial Lawyers elected Brian C. Fetzer to its board on September 12, 2017. Founded in 1934, The Society of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only group that includes many of Chicago’s top trial lawyers on both the defense and plaintiffs’ sides. The Society encourages and fosters a spirit   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 »

Wilson v. Clark - Its Use and Its Ramifications

In a feature article in IDC Quarterly, Circuit Judge Donald J. O’Brien, Jr. (Ret.) and Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Charles P. Rantis, delve into the facts and other materials expert witnesses can and cannot include in their testimony at trial.  The authors outline how the adoption of Federal Rules of Evidence 703 and 705 by   Continue Reading »

Stephen P. Ellenbecker Discusses Food Borne Litigation Issues at University of Nebraska Seminar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen P. Ellenbecker, served as a featured presenter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s FDST 951: Advanced Food Science Seminar.  The March 13 event was sponsored by the University’s Department of Food Science and Technology.  Mr. Ellenbecker’s presentation, “Whole Genome What? Genetic Fingerprinting in Litigation,” was attended by students and professors in   Continue Reading »
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