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John A. Childers

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John A. Childers is a vice president at Johnson & Bell and serves on the firm's Board of Directors.  He is chair of the firm’s Retail group and also handles general negligence and premises liability, complex/catastrophic litigation and retail liability matters.  He also has defended clients in matters alleging sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

Mr. Childers has served as national coordinating counsel for a national drug store chain in numerous mass tort matters and has also filled this role in individual cases. He has worked in the same capacity with a tool manufacturer in cases alleging cumulative trauma injuries and loss of hearing, and with a building materials manufacturer for approximately 1,500 roof-related claims.

Mr. Childers has been recognized with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers 2004 -2014. He has also served on panels and given lectures on manufacturing litigation and risk and insurance management. Mr. Childers belongs to several organizations including the American and Chicago Bar Associations, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago and the Defense Research Institute.

Read our profile of “The First Law Clerk” – part of our “Originals” series celebrating Johnson & Bell’s 40th Anniversary.

Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Northwestern University, B.S., 1977


American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (Member, Mass Tort Steering Committee of Product Liability Committee)
Illinois State Bar Association


AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Illinois Super Lawyers 2004-2014, 2018-2020
Leading Lawyer 2005-2022

Presentations & Publications


"Sexual Harassment and Physical Assault Claims," Risk and Insurance Management Society at the Risk Management and Employee Benefits Conference and Exhibition (REBEX 1995), November 1995

"Harmonizing Manufacturing Agreements and Marketing with the Realities of Products Litigation," Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Seminar, February 1998

Panelist, "Medical Device & Drug Product Liability Litigation: Current Developments in Multi-District Litigation", American Law Firm Association, 2008 Product Liability Seminar; November, 2008

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