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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

Johnson and Bell as seen in the Chicago Tribune.

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 »

Supporting Our Community This Holiday Season

We got an early start on “Giving Tuesday” this year.  Just before Thanksgiving, Johnson & Bell delivered 250 bags of hand-made trail mix and 200 bags of hand-baked cookies to The Night Ministry.  In addition, we also sent dozens of disposable diapers for the organization to share with the families it helps.  All of these   Continue Reading »

Ava L. Caffarini

Ava L. Caffarini focuses her practice in toxic tort, with a concentration in asbestos litigation. She holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. While in law school, Ms. Caffarini participated in the Review of Intellectual Property Law, where her   Continue Reading »
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