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Johnson & Bell Elects Five New Shareholders

January 5, 2023

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys, Joel Brenord, Catherine P. Gorman, David F. Jasinski, Carlos A. Vera and Caroline K. Vickrey, have been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.

“We are proud to welcome these five promising attorneys to the rank of Shareholder,” said Robert M. Burke, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.  “They have invested a lot of hard work to get to this position.  They are talented trial attorneys and well regarded by their colleagues and clients.”

Joel Brenord concentrates his practice in health care law, commercial litigation and general negligence claims.  He represents hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and nurses in a wide variety of matters in state and federal court. In addition, he handles premises liability and other general negligence litigation for a number of clients. Mr. Brenord has participated in jury trials and mediations.  He has extensive experience in all stages of litigation, including: case management conferences, motion hearings, arbitrations, settlements, depositions and drafting motions. Mr. Brenord earned his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Catherine P. Gorman focuses her practice on premises liability, construction law, product liability and transportation law. Additionally, she has extensive experience in toxic tort matters representing manufacturers, public utilities and other companies throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. She has successfully disposed of claims against her clients through motion practice at the pleading stage and through summary judgment.  Ms. Gorman earned her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where she earned Dean's List honors and received the Public Interest Scholarship, the JMLS Alumni Scholarship, and the Dean's Scholarship. She also holds a master's degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

David F. Jasinski concentrates his practice in health care law, focusing on medical malpractice and long-term care defense. Mr. Jasinski represents Illinois hospitals, physicians, nurses, and medical practices, as well as long-term care and assisted living facilities in a wide variety of medical negligence matters throughout the State. Mr. Jasinski has successfully defended physicians and nurses at the federal level in civil rights and correctional healthcare litigation matters, prevailing on numerous dispositive motions through summary judgment. He also represents Chicago area universities in diverse general and premises liability matters. Mr. Jasinski was included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in 2021, 2022 and 2023, and was named as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2018 to 2022. Mr. Jasinski received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College.

Carlos Vera concentrates his practice in general and complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of business torts, professional liability, white collar defense and contractual disputes.  Mr. Vera has represented individuals and business entities in state and federal court, in regulatory matters before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, and the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. Mr. Vera was named as one of the “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for 2020 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  He earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Whittier College.

Caroline K. Vickrey is a trial lawyer with a multi-faceted career in both state and federal court.  She represents clients in health care, employment and general liability matters, including Chicago area hospitals and universities, doctors and nurses in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, nursing and mental health, among others. Ms. Vickrey also defends general liability matters involving Chicagoland hotels and sports facilities, and has successfully defended claims involving sexual abuse, civil rights, environmental, and employment matters.  She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law where she served as an editor on the law journal, and her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois. 

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