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William G. Beatty

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William G. Beatty focuses on product liability and employee benefits/employment litigation as well as defense of asbestos cases. Mr. Beatty represents manufacturers of heavy equipment used in several different industries, as well as electronic equipment and scientific instrument manufacturers. He has also defended product manufacturers and premises owners in asbestos-related lawsuits.

Mr. Beatty's clients include a broad spectrum of employers, insurers and third-party administrators in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in employment-related claims, including Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation. His peers have honored him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Beatty is a member of the State and Federal Bars of Illinois, Colorado, and Arizona. He is a member of the Committees on Employment Law, Life, Health and Disability Insurance and Product Liability of the Defense Research Institute. He is also a member of the Trial Practice and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar of Arizona, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

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Admissions & Education

Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
Arizona Supreme Court
Colorado Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Education

University of Edinburgh School of Law, CPD Certificate in Law and Medical Ethics, 2012
University of Oxford Dept. for Continuing Ed., Bioethics, History of Medicine, 2011 - Present
University of London University College and Queen Mary School of Law, Medical Law and Ethics Insurance Law, 2011 - Present
Creighton University School of Law; Chicago - Kent College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1978
Augustana College, B.A. (cum laude), 1975

Honors

AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Lawyers 2012-2022
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2008-2022

Presentations & Publications

Publications

“Second District Ruling Gives Plaintiffs a ‘Second Bite of the Apple’ as to Dismissed Defendants”, IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vol.28, No.4, Fourth Quarter, 2018.

"Federal Standards For the Admission or Exclusion of "Other Accident" Evidence in Illinois Product Liability Cases," ALFA International Products Liability Perspectives, Summer 2012.

"The Seventh Circuit Re-Examines the Reassignment Remedy Under the ADA," Johnson & Bell Employment Law Newsletter, May 1, 2012

"Product Manufacturers' Potential Liability for Users' Alterations of the Product," Johnson & Bell Product Liability Newsletter, April 1, 2012

"The Illinois Supreme Court Examines the Risk-Utility Test in Design Defect Cases," Johnson & Bell Product Liability Newsletter, October 1, 2011

"The Supreme Court Examines Remedies for Employer Misrepresentation in the Modification of Its Pension Plan," Johnson & Bell Employment Newsletter, Fall 2011

"Employee Privacy in the Illinois Workplace:  A Review of Principles and Precedents," IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vol. 11, No. 3, Third Quarter, 2001 (Co-author).

"Sexual Harassment: A Review of Current Legal and Practical Issues,"  IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vol. 9, No. 3, Third Quarter, 1999 (Co-author).

"The Age Discrimination in Employment Act: A Seventh Circuit Perspective,"  IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of the Defense Trial Counsel, Vol. 8, No. 2, Second Quarter, 1998 (Co-author).

"Introduction to the Americans With Disabilities Act,"  IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vol. 7, No. 2, Second Quarter, 1997 (Co-author).

"The Impact of Federal Regulation on the Employer/Employee Relationship in Illinois," IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vol. 6, No. 2, Second Quarter, 1996 (Co-author).

"The Scope of Evidentiary Review in ERISA Litigation",  For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, Vol. 34, No. 9, Sept., 1992, p. 15.

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