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Conforti and LeFevour Achieve Favorable Verdict in Construction Site Accident

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys, Gregory Conforti and Genevieve LeFevour, received a favorable verdict for their client in a case that involved a construction site accident that resulted in the death of an independent contractor.  The plaintiff asked for $9.5 million to cover pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and loss of society.  The   Continue Reading »
Brian Gainer

Gainer Obtains Defense Verdict in Municipal Liability Case

In a municipal liability case, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder Brian P. Gainer obtained a defense verdict in favor of his clients, two Chicago Police Officers. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant police officers used excessive force against him, unlawfully searched and seized his vehicle, conspired to violate his civil rights, and failed to provide him medical care.   Continue Reading »

Gorrie Achieves Not Guilty Verdict in Contribution Action

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Attorney, Katie E. Gorrie, recently received a not guilty verdict in favor of her client, a Chicago cab driver and taxi company. The case involved an insurance carrier seeking contribution to a previously settled $1.5 million claim relating to an automobile accident. In January 2006, the plaintiff, traveling southbound, was attempting a left   Continue Reading »
School Law

Indiana Court Grants Summary Judgment in Favor of School Charged with ADA Violations

Johnson & Bell obtained summary judgment from Judge Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in favor of its School Corporation client. The case, entitled Sandlin v. Switzerland County School Corp., involved claims by Jonathan Sandlin that he had been mistreated by school officials related to his seizure events during   Continue Reading »
Greg Conforti

Conforti Successfully Defends Waste Removal Trucking Company - Plaintiff Sought $3.3 Million

Gregory D. Conforti of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. obtained a not guilty verdict in favor of all defendants, including a waste-removal trucking company and its driver from a jury in Cook County, Illinois. The plaintiff, a 34-year-old male, had pre-existing paraplegia from a gunshot to the back when he was 15 years old. The plaintiff alleged   Continue Reading »
William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson Obtains Verdict in Favor of Chicago Medical Center, Obstetrician in Birth Injury Case

William V. Johnson of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. obtained a verdict in favor of a major Chicago medical center and its obstetrician following a week-long jury trial.  Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $4 million. The birth injury lawsuit arose out of allegations that a 1996 birth at the medical center was handled inappropriately, leaving   Continue Reading »
William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson Receives Professional Achievement Award from Chicago-Kent

William V. Johnson, President/Shareholder, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. is a 1966 graduate of Chicago-Kent, Mr. Johnson is an acclaimed litigator who has tried many high-profile catastrophic injury and mass tort cases in Chicago and across the United States. A co-founder of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Mr. Johnson has also served as the firm’s president since   Continue Reading »
William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson Inducted Into the Illinois Academy of Lawyers

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Academy of Illinois Lawyers inducted William V. Johnson into its 11th class of Laureates during a luncheon on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at The Standard Club in Chicago. The 2011 Class of Laureates was recognized during a ceremony conducted by John G. O’Brien of Arlington Heights, chancellor of the Academy   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Fetzer Honored with Trial Lawyer Excellence Award

Jury Verdict Reporter
Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholders, William V. Johnson and Brian C. Fetzer, were recently honored for their outstanding achievements as trial lawyers at the Jury Verdict Reporter’s 50th Anniversary Gala. The event was held on October 21, 2010 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Fetzer were recognized as part of a select   Continue Reading »
Sammi Renken

Sammi L. Renken Selected as “40 Under 40” Attorney in Illinois

Johnson and Bell, Ltd. is pleased to announce that shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, has been named one of the “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for 2010 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” honors Illinois attorneys who show   Continue Reading »
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