Careers at Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell offers a variety of career opportunities for new associates, lateral attorneys, paralegals and administrative professionals. We opened our doors in 1975 and over the past four-plus decades have grown to a firm of approximately 90 attorneys, backed by a similar sized staff. Our attorneys work in a variety of practice areas and many of them have been with us since the beginning of their careers. Client cases are concentrated mostly in Illinois and northwest Indiana, but we also regularly handle matters throughout the Midwest.

We value innovative thinking, problem solving and hard work. Our attorneys and staff take pride in what they do and strive to exceed client expectations. We also encourage our attorneys and staff to pursue interests outside the office, recognizing that balance is important in life.

We also encourage our attorneys and staff to pursue interests outside the office, recognizing that balance is important in life.”

In addition to offering a supportive work environment, we have a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Comprehensive Insurance Program
    • Health insurance: Choice of HMO or HSA plan
    • Dental insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Short-term disability
    • Long-term disability
    • Flexible spending benefit plans for health and dependent care expenses
  • 401(K) and Profit-sharing plan
  • Pre-tax transportation program
  • Paid time off
  • Wellness program
  • Professional License reimbursement (ARDC, Bar Memberships, CLE)


Johnson & Bell fosters a collegial atmosphere and works hard to keep it that way.

If you like to try cases, Johnson & Bell is a great place to practice. Our trial attorneys typically focus their practice in two or three areas. As a firm, we often are retained by clients to handle their most complex or demanding cases. Our clients ask for and expect a high level of courtroom expertise from a J&B attorney, and we deliver.

That said, we also have a growing corporate and commercial practice that handles transactional needs for private and family held companies, banks and other financial institutions, medical practices, real estate companies and more. Younger attorneys can expect to practice in three or four areas so they acquire experience and assess the type of legal practice they would like to build.

Johnson & Bell fosters a collegial atmosphere and works hard to keep it that way. We sponsor events for attorneys and staff throughout the year, and host client-focused events on a regular basis.

If you are interested in working for a firm that values work / life balance, professional development, a team-oriented mindset where diverse talents and skills are valued, please reach out via the form below and we will contact you for a conversation.


Johnson & Bell has openings for the following positions:

Associate Attorney - Chicago Office: Johnson & Bell seeks an attorney with at least 1-3 years of construction or civil litigation defense experience. Candidates must possess excellent research and communication skills, and have a proven aptitude for superior client service. Candidates must be detail oriented, creative thinkers, with excellent writing skills. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested candidates can email their qualifications to All new attorneys are required to work in office for their first year.  At that point, a hybrid work schedule may become available.

Human Resource Assistant: This is an entry-level position which affords a great opportunity for a recent graduate.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintaining applicant database
  • Communication with potential candidates and scheduling of interviews
  • Setting up new employees in HR system
  • Assisting with onboarding and following up with employees re: paperwork
  • Assisting with Open Enrollment & benefits administration
  • Preparing attendance data for payroll processing
  • Assisting with 401K enrollments


  • 4-year degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong multi-tasking & organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize work
  • A positive can-do attitude & desire to work within a team

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a copy of your resume and salary requirements to

If you have a general inquiry about Johnson & Bell, please email us at

Johnson & Bell

33 West Monroe Street
Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois
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