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Joseph F. Spitzzeri

General Counsel
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Joseph F. Spitzzeri serves as Johnson & Bell's General Counsel.  Previously, he was Chairman of our Construction and Employment groups. His construction practice includes the defense of owners, architects, engineers and contractors in construction defect, construction personal injury and contract disputes.  Mr. Spitzzeri also represents contractors and employees before the Inspectors General for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois, defends Fair Labor Standard Act cases and also defends Welfare & Pension Fund Contribution Deficiency and withdrawal liability cases.

Mr. Spitzzeri’s employment practice includes defending employers in EEOC and IDHR administrative proceedings, and proceedings in federal and state courts arising from Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Equal Pay Act and claims brought under the Illinois Human Rights Act. His employment practice also includes the drafting of employment policies as well as employee training. He represents municipalities in employment and civil rights litigation as well.

Mr. Spitzzeri previously worked as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, trying numerous cases in several circuit courts throughout Illinois. He has also tried cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, including two class actions. Mr. Spitzzeri has argued these same cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

An avid writer and speaker, Mr. Spitzzeri presents at the International Risk Management Institute’s Construction Risk Conference on topics such as Additional Insured Endorsements, Interacting with OSHA and Contractual Risk Transfer. Mr. Spitzzeri also speaks at the American Law Firm Association’s Labor and Employment conferences. His peers have noted his success as a trial attorney by honoring him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and he has been voted a “Super Lawyer” on numerous occasions.

Mr. Spitzzeri is a past member of the American, Illinois, Cook County and Kane County Bar Associations, and the Illinois Wind Working Group. He has also been a member of the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates - Chicago and the Illinois Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. Mr. Spitzzeri has achieved LEED certification.

Mr. Spitzzeri has been appointed to the Construction Management Association of the America Legal Counsel Committee. He has also served as President and Chairman of several societies, including the Kane County Justinian Society of Lawyers.

Mr. Spitzzeri is certified as a Chairperson for the Circuit Court of Cook County Court Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program.

Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana


John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1983
University of Illinois, B.S.,1979


AIA Northeast Illinois
Appointed to the Construction Management Association of America Legal Counsel Committee
American, Illinois, Cook County, Kane County Bar Associations
Certified to serve as a chairperson for the Circuit Court of Cook County Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program


AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2013, 2018-2022
Leading Lawyers, 2010-2019, 2021, 2022

Presentations & Publications


“Cybersecurity and Ethics for Law Firms,” Johnson & Bell presentation to firm attorneys, June 19, 2017

“Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements - Are They Still Viable?” ALFA International’s Labor and
Employment Practice Group Seminar, January 12, 2017

ALFA International 2016 Ethics Challenge,” June 8-10, 2016

Moderator, “Litigating Against the EEOC: Conciliation, Discovery Tactics and Limits,” ALFA International 2015 Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar

“Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodation,” training seminar on October 16, 2015

Moderator, "Can You Hear Me Calling?," ALFA International's 2013 Labor and Employment Practice Group Seminar, October 2-4, 2013

"Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Profession" Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Health Seminar, May 12, 2011

“Third-Party Retaliation Claims”IDC Employment Law Committee Lunch & Learn, Chicago, IL, February 24, 2011


Ninth Circuit Opens Divide in Equal Pay Cases.” Client Advisory, May 15, 2017

"New Whistleblower Settlement Guidance Announced by OSHA." Client Advisory, November 17, 2016

"Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack in Illinois." Client Advisory, June 14, 2016

"Drafting a Leave Policy - Easier Said Than Done." Client Advisory, May 12, 2016

"EEOC Ordered Back to Conciliation." Client Advisory, November 2, 2015

"Motor Carrier's Self-Reporting Policy Violates the ADA." Client Advisory, November 2, 2015

"DOL Whistleblower Investigations: A Summary Overview." Client Advisory, July 25, 2014

"Statutory Amendments Likely to Increase Whistleblower Activity." Client Advisory, January 2013

"Liability Issues in the Defense of Construction Defect Cases in Illinois."

"Best Practices in Wind Energy Options, Easements, & Leases."

"Recent Seventh Circuit Opinion Continues Support of Exemption in FLSA Overtime Pay Complaints."

"Construction Negligence Cases in Illinois, A Look at Sections 414 & 343 of the Restatement (2d) of Torts."

"Coverage for Construction Defects: An Illinois Perspective."

"What to Know if the Whistles Blow."

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