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ICYMI: Sammi Renken Recognized as 2020 Women in Law Inaugural Honoree

In case you missed it, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, has been recognized as one of the inaugural honorees of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s and Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s influential Women in Law Awards.  Ms. Renken is one of 50 women in metropolitan Chicago recognized by the publications and was recognized because of her   Continue Reading »

Tabirta v. Cummings Ruling Amplifies Change of Venue Thresholds in Illinois

Tabirta v. Cummings Johnson & Bell Shareholder Rory L. Margulis analyzes the recent Tabirta v. Cummings ruling that addresses whether one part-time employee who services a few customers from his home in Cook County satisfies the “other office” or “doing business” prongs of section 2-102(a) of the venue statute.  735 ILCS 5/2-102(a) (West 2016). The   Continue Reading »

General Contractor Avoids OSHA Violations for Electrocution Fatality on Project

Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Katie E. Gorrie of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.’s Construction Practice Group successfully represented a general contractor in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into an electrocution fatality on its project.  The foreman for the electrical subcontractor was electrocuted when he came into contact with live voltage in the switchgear   Continue Reading »

Former Shareholder, Daniel C. Murray, Dies at Age 71

It is a sad time at Johnson & Bell.  Long-time Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Daniel C. Murray, passed away on November 27 at the age of 71. Born and raised in Evanston, IL, Mr. Murray earned an undergraduate degree from Marquette University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Mr. Murray began   Continue Reading »

Loans Over $2 Million? PPP Borrowers Must Justify

The scrutiny continues. The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently requested that two new forms be required from borrowers of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in excess of $2 million. The forms will be used to assess whether borrowers applied for loans in good faith. Companies requesting loans were to make good faith certifications, claiming the   Continue Reading »

Owens, Mathias Discuss Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis at Defense Trial Counsel Meeting

On November 5, 2020, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Kevin G. Owens partnered with Anne Mathias, P.E., Director of Safety and Risk Assessment at Engineering Systems, Inc. to deliver a presentation, Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis – How and Why: Improving Your Company’s Defensibility to members of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (“DTCI”) as part   Continue Reading »

Lightning Strikes Twice: Belongia, Caffarini Recover Client’s Money in Second Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

In less than one month, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Associate, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a second fraud case on behalf of a client against a local marketing firm. In this case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm never fulfilled the contract with the   Continue Reading »

Ellenbecker Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Chiropractor

In a trial taking place in Peoria County, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen P. Ellenbecker, secured a defense verdict for his client, a chiropractor practicing in the Peoria, Illinois area.  In closing, the plaintiff asked the jury for $852,000 in damages for his client, who claimed the chiropractor committed malpractice and failed to meet the   Continue Reading »

Statewide Jury Selection Will Continue During the Pandemic

On October 27th, the Supreme Court of Illinois released an order giving permission and guidelines in remote jury selection for civil cases in the time of COVID-19. As jury trials are necessary for the administration of justice in Illinois, it is necessary that jury selection goes forward in a way that minimizes the COVID-19 exposure   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Caffarini Help Clients Resolve Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a fraud case on behalf of two start-up companies against a local marketing firm. In this fraud case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm failed to develop the two cell phone applications and two   Continue Reading »
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