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Glenn F. Fencl

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Glenn F. Fencl is chair of Johnson & Bell's Insurance group, with a concentration in product liability and insurance coverage. Mr. Fencl has handled numerous declaratory judgment coverage trials in several jurisdictions, is lead trial lawyer for several national manufacturers and has more than 25 jury verdicts. He has given several presentations and has authored numerous articles, including the "Comprehensive General Liability" chapter for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education treatise "Liability Insurance Coverage Practice."

Holder of an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Fencl is involved in many law organizations, including: the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations, Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, American Arbitration Association, Defense Research Institute and Society of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Fencl is the current chair of the ALFA International Insurance Law Practice Group, and was the Vice Chair of Marketing in 2013. He additionally held the post of program chair for the ALFA International Employment Practices Liability Insurance seminar in 2010.

Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
Federal Trial Bar


IIT Chicago–Kent College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1980
University of Illinois, B.S., 1974


ALFA Insurance Law Practice Group, steering committee; Chair for the ALFA Insurance Group leadership committee, 2015; Vice Chair of Marketing for the ALFA Insurance Group, 2013; ALFA International Employment Practices Liability Insurance seminar program chair, 2010
American Arbitration Association
Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute, DRI Marketing Liaison and State Representative for the State of Illinois for its 2012 annual meeting


AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Illinois Super Lawyers 2004-2024
Leading Lawyers 2004-2022

Presentations & Publications


Featured webinar Panelist discussing insurance coverage issues in the aftermath of riots and vandalism, ALFA International Insurance Group, June 2020

Speaker, "Avoiding a Brush with Mayhem," National Catholic Risk Retention Group Winter Meeting, January, 2019.

Featured Panelist, "An Introduction to Defending TCPA Claims and Litigating TCPA Insurance Coverage Issues," ALFA International's Insurance Practice Group Webinar, October 2015

Speaker, "Scaffolds, Cranes & Aerial Devices: Case Law Update," DRI Product Liability Conference, February 2015

Speaker, "How Much Coverage Is There? Multiple Occurrences and Multiple Limits," Johnson & Bell Insurance Seminar, September 12, 2013

Speaker, "Litigation Management: The Key to Achieving Your Desired Results," Risk Management and Legal Defense Workshop sponsored by The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc., Braintree, Mass. July 23, 2013

“Recovering Funds After Settlement: A Practical Guide to Subrogation,” Scaffolding, Cranes and Aerial Devices Litigation Workshop, DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans

Moderated “Litigation Management,” workshop at the National Catholic Risk Retention Group Annual Writer Meeting, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2012

Spoke on the topic of “Case Law Updates” for the Recreational Product SLG at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012

Led witness preparation workshop “Testimony Under Fire: Deposition and Trial - A Witness Perspective” for The National Catholic Risk Retention Group’s Legal Defense Practice Workshop, Chicago, 2011


Author, "Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine", ALFA International Insurance Group, April 2022

Co-Author of Illinois section of 50-state insurance coverage law compendium compiled by the ALFA International Insurance Practice Group.

Author, "Self-Insured Retentions and High Deductibles: Their Impact on Insurers and Policyholders," Johnson & Bell Insurance Newsletter, Fall 2013.

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