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Kovarik, D’Avanzo Secure Defense Verdict in $1.85M Nursing Home Care Act Dispute

In a rare trial win for a nursing home, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Andrew J. Kovarik and Matthew P. D’Avanzo, obtained a verdict for the defense in a Nursing Home Care Act case.  In this case, the plaintiff alleged that she developed a wound at the defendant’s facility and there was no documentation assessing the   Continue Reading »

Cischke, Connery Secure Defense Verdict in Scoliosis Diagnosis Dispute Seeking $4M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stacey A. Cischke, and Attorney, Margaret A. Connery, obtained a defense verdict in favor of their health care clients from a Cook County jury in a medical malpractice dispute.  In this case, the plaintiff sought between $3-4 million in damages over an alleged failure to diagnose scoliosis in an adolescent, resulting   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Grabarek Secure Positive Outcome for Indiana Attorney Facing Felony Theft Charge, Six Year Sentence

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, and Counsel, Christopher J. Grabarek, secured an extremely positive outcome for an Indiana attorney who was charged with stealing her client’s settlement proceeds – a level five felony carrying a maximum six-year prison sentence.  In this case, the Indiana attorney (our client) was retained to represent a Gary   Continue Reading »

Cischke, Jasinski Secure Defense Verdict for Dermatologist in Dispute Seeking $3.6M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stacey A. Cischke and Attorney, David F. Jasinski, obtained a defense verdict in favor of their client, a dermatologist, from a Cook County jury in a medical negligence case.  In this case, the plaintiff sought $3.6 million in compensatory damages over an alleged failure by the dermatologist to obtain informed consent   Continue Reading »

Belongia Closes Acquisition for Veristar LLC

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, recently closed an acquisition for Veristar LLC, a data management and document review company serving corporate legal departments and private law firms. Mr. Belongia handled the acquisition of certain assets from Franklin Data Ventures Inc. With the acquisition, Veristar LLC is now a national provider of expert forensic   Continue Reading »

Hannigan, Drouet Secure Defense Verdict for Cardiologist in Wrongful Death Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Susan M. Hannigan, and Attorney, Martha E. Drouet, received a defense verdict in favor of their client, a cardiologist, in a wrongful death dispute with a multi-million dollar damages demand. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants, a referring family medicine physician, and our client, a cardiologist, continued the   Continue Reading »

Hearn Scuttles Plaintiff’s Attempt to Expand Monetary Damages, Liability

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, obtained partial judgment on the pleadings in favor of his transportation client.  The Court’s ruling will have positive effects for defendants in the future, by eliminating one of the trial tactics that plaintiffs use to expend liability and inflate compensatory damages.  In addition, the Court’s ruling eliminates future exhaustive   Continue Reading »

Conspiracy Charges Dismissed Against Officers, Municipalities in Murder Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, and Attorney, Michael J. Lizzadro, succeeded in getting conspiracy charges dismissed against their clients – a police officer and an Illinois municipality.  The plaintiff sued Johnson & Bell’s clients, along with several other municipalities and their respective officers, after being arrested and charged with a shooting murder in   Continue Reading »

Sub’s Certificate of Insurance Insufficient to Garner Duty to Defend/Indemnify General Contractor

Johnson & Bell Insurance Coverage Shareholder, Glenn F. Fencl, won a coverage dispute on behalf of his insurance carrier client.  In this case, Johnson & Bell’s client had issued an insurance policy to a subcontractor at a construction jobsite. An employee of the subcontractor claimed he had been injured at the construction site and sued   Continue Reading »

Credit Union Website Target of ADA Lawsuit, But Appellate Court Says Plaintiff Case Lacks Standing

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of a Johnson & Bell credit union client.  The ruling likely will affect similar discrimination suits brought by a plaintiff’s firm across the country.  In the lower court case, Johnson & Bell Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, secured dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed against his credit   Continue Reading »
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