Brian P. Gainer is a vice president at Johnson & Bell and serves as the firm's treasurer. He is chair of Johnson & Bell's Municipal Liability practice group. He focuses his practice in the areas of municipal and governmental tort liability, premises liability, product liability, trucking and transportation law, construction law and toxic torts. He was formerly a member of the Chicago Police Department, and received the Chicago City Council Lifesaving Award.
Mr. Gainer routinely handles complex, high-profile matters for his clients. These lawsuits involve serious personal injury and death. He has obtained numerous favorable jury verdicts for his clients. His defendants include municipalities, police officers, doctors and nurses in federal civil rights litigation. He’s also obtained dismissals and summary judgment rulings in both state and federal court. He has successfully defended trucking companies, product manufacturers and premises owners in various types of suits. His peers have also recognized him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Gainer earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
"In Biegert, Seventh Circuit Ruling Sustains Use of Lethal Force When Officers Face Immediate Threats of Serious Harm." Client Advisory, August 19, 2020
"Probable Cause for Arrest vs. Probable Cause to Initiate Criminal Proceedings - How the Standard Differs Based on the Claim," Johnson & Bell Municipal Newsletter, Summer 2012.
"Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Brings Tort Immunity Act Back to Full Strength," Johnson & Bell Municipal Law Alert, Summer 2011
"Immunity from Liability for Police Officers in Vehicle Pursuit," Journal of Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, April 2010, Vol. 8, No. 4.