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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 »

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 »

Johnson & Bell Receives Tier 1 Ranking from US News – Best Lawyers

In its recently released 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers gave Johnson & Bell, Ltd. a Tier 1 ranking as a top personal injury defense law firm. According to the two publications, firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Bars "Every Exposure" and "Cumulative Exposure" Theory of Causation

On August 31, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld key rulings on the admissibility of expert testimony in light of substantive law regarding causation.  Click here to download the ruling. Charles Krik alleged that his lung cancer was caused, in part, by exposure to asbestos attributable to his work at an Exxon Mobil   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 »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Catherine P. Gorman

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OSHA Inspections to Increase, along with Severity of Fines

The new federal budget suggests that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be increasing its inspections over the coming 12 months and increasing the severity of its fines. A provision in the new federal budget – Section 701 – requires OSHA to “catch up” fine levels to account for increases in the Consumer   Continue Reading »

Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Asbestos Cases

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Employee’s Direct Action Against Employer for Claimed Asbestos Related Illness In a much anticipated opinion, on November 4, 2015 the Illinois Supreme Court found that the provisions of Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act (“the Acts”) barred an employee from bringing a direct civil action against his   Continue Reading »

Carlos Secures Positive Determination from IDES Over Employee Classification Issue

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Christopher J. Carlos, successfully represented a professional services firm during an employee classification audit investigation conducted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). IDES was investigating the professional services firm over allegations that it was misclassifying its workforce.  After a thorough investigation, IDES issued a no finding determination that Mr. Carlos’   Continue Reading »

Celebrating 40 Years Through the Eyes of “The Originals” - A Chat with Bill Johnson & John Bell

The legal profession has changed a lot over the past 40 years. As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we thought it would be interesting to take a step back in time with “The Originals” – the seven attorneys who joined Johnson & Bell in the 1970s and are still practicing today. We sat down   Continue Reading »
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