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Johnson & Bell Attorneys Designated Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers in 2021

Congratulations to the Johnson & Bell attorneys designated as either Leading Lawyers or as Emerging Lawyers! 2021 Leading Lawyers William G. Beatty – Employee Benefits Law; Products Liability Defense Law John W. Bell – Medical Malpractice Defense Law; Personal Injury Defense Law; Products Liability Defense Law Mark D. Belongia – Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law;   Continue Reading »

Belongia Leads Veristar Acquisition of Planet Data Solutions, Inc.

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, recently closed an acquisition for Veristar LLC, a premier legal services delivery firm serving corporate legal departments and private law firms. Belongia handled the acquisition of Planet Data Solutions, Inc. With the acquisition, Veristar LLC continues its expansion as a national provider of expert forensic data collection, electronic   Continue Reading »

Indiana Supreme Court to Assess Two Questions that Could Impact Healthcare Providers and their Insurers

A recent Seventh Circuit ruling puts before the Indiana Supreme Court two issues of interest to healthcare providers in Indiana, their professionals and their insurance companies.  Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, provides an overview. On February 3, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit certified two questions to the Indiana   Continue Reading »

Appellate Ruling Brings End to Heated Legal Malpractice Dispute

The First District Appellate Court affirmed a circuit court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice dispute based upon res judicata.  The Illinois Supreme Court rejected plaintiff’s request for further review. The appellate ruling followed a prior dismissal of the legal malpractice lawsuit in 2019.  At that time, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Rory   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Attorneys Selected as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to our 26 attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers.   2021 Super Lawyers William G. Beatty – Personal Injury Defense: General John W. Bell – Civil Litigation Defense Robert M. Burke – Civil Litigation Defense Joseph B. Carini – Construction Litigation Gregory D. Conforti – Transportation/ Maritime Timothy R. Couture – Civil Litigation Defense Glenn   Continue Reading »

Proposed 9% Prejudgment Interest in Illinois – An Assessment of Its Impact

Illinois’ proposed bill to allow for prejudgment interest (PJI) in personal injury and wrongful death cases is raising eyebrows among the defense bar, insurers, and businesses. We can provide some insight based on our experience practicing in Indiana which also allows for recovery of PJI in tort cases.  Indiana has had a statutory provision for   Continue Reading »

Telemedicine Doctor Visits Count Under FMLA to Establish Serious Health Conditions

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits (health care appointments held via video conference) to qualify as in-person appointments during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees up to 12 workweeks of leave for, among other things, serious   Continue Reading »

Illinois Proposes Adding 9% Annual Prejudgment Interest to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In an effort to “…get litigation moving,” Illinois lawmakers recently passed a bill that will add 9% prejudgment interest to awards in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Under the new bill, interest will begin to accrue as soon as a defendant has “notice” of the injury or receives written notice of a potential claim.   Continue Reading »

DOL Issues Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

On January 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status, meaning the business they perform work for does not have to pay them either minimum wage or overtime, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will go into effect   Continue Reading »

Julie Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela Kotsalieff, and Alan Kus Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys Julie J. Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela M. Kotsalieff, and Alan M. Kus have been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.  “We are proud to welcome these four promising attorneys to the rank of Shareholder,” said Joseph R. Marconi, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. “They   Continue Reading »
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