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Joseph B. Carini, III

Shareholder / Vice President
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Joseph B. Carini, III, is a vice president at Johnson & Bell, Ltd., and also serves as the firm's data security officer.  He is co-chair of the Construction group. He concentrates his practice in construction litigation and general negligence. He has extensive experience defending owners, project managers, general contractors, architects, engineers, and subcontractors in construction litigation involving personal injury accidents and construction defect and design disputes. He also defends contractors and municipalities in litigation involving accidents arising out of highway construction, signage, and signal maintenance.

Mr. Carini serves as an emergency on-site presence for catastrophic accident investigations. He also conducts risk management seminars for managers and workers, addresses insurance coverage issues, and provides contract review services. Mr. Carini is a certified litigation management professional, having completed his certification at the Litigation Management Institute at Columbia Law School in New York. His success as a trial attorney has been recognized by his peers, who have honored him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and election to the Chicago Society of Trail Lawyers and American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.


Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana


The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1988
Marquette University, 1985


ALFA Construction Law Practice Group, vice chair
The American Bar Association
Midwest Regional Editor, ALFA Construction Law Compendium, 2007 and 2009
Member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Midwest Regional Editor, ALFA Construction Law Compendium, 2007 and 2009
Member, Council on Litigation Management
ALFA International Construction Group Steering Committee
Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America


Named to Illinois Super Lawyers in 2007, 2020, 2024
An AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Admitted to the Society of Trial Lawyers
Leading Lawyer 2014-2023

Presentations & Publications


Co-Presenter, "The Brave New World of Prevention Through Design," ALFA International Construction Practice Group Regional, Detroit, MI, April 2023

Presenter, "Genetics' Growing Interaction with the Law - Scanning the Legal Landscape: The Discoverability and Admissibility of Genetic Evidence in Civil Litigation", June 30, 2021

Panelist, ALFA International Construction Seminar, "Is Your Job Site Hazard Analysis Putting the Company at Risk?", July 25-27, 2018 Alberta, Canada

Moderator, ALFA International Construction Practice Group Seminar, "Undocumented Workers in the Workforce", July 27-28, 2016, Racho Palos Verdes, California

Moderator, ALFA Construction Practice Group Seminar, "Lee'ding the Way to a Greener Tomorrow: Leed V4 and its Impact On Building Design", July 30-August 1, 2015, Asheville, North Carolina

Speaker, "Pinch Hitting: Choosing the Best Expert for Your Construction Case," Spring Symposium hosted by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Insurance Association, Chicago, IL, April 4, 2014

Speaker, ALFA Construction Law Practice Group Seminar, “Product Failure Claims in Construction”, July 25-27, 2012

Speaker, “Accident Investigation Techniques Helpful to Defending Litigation”, Builders Association of Greater Chicago, Contractor Safety Forum, November 2011

Speaker, “Selection Use and Management of Expert Witnesses”, Council on Litigation Management, July 2011

Speaker, “Avoiding and Resolving Construction Disputes”, The International Association of Claims Professionals, June 2011

Program Chair and Speaker, Anatomy of a Case, Chicago ALFA Seminar

Speaker, "Jury Selection from the Defense Perspective", Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Speaker, “Techniques to Minimize Exposure,” ALFA Seminar on Accident & OSHA Investigation


Targeted Tenders and Horizontal Exhaustion

OSHA Increases Penalties, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Construction Law Alert, Fall 2010

Co-Author ALFA Construction Law Compendium

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