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Matthew L. Johnson is a shareholder and one of the vice-presidents of the firm.  He also co-chairs the firm’s health care law practice group.

Mr. Johnson's practice is largely focused on medical malpractice defense, the defense of lawsuits brought under Illinois’ Nursing Home Care Act, and general tort litigation. He has been an active trial attorney in Illinois’ Cook County (Chicago), a well as the suburban and downstate counties, for the past 15 years. He has achieved a number of successful verdicts on behalf of health care practitioners and institutions. He is the son of former Johnson & Bell president, William V. Johnson, and began his career at the firm as a law clerk in 1995.

Mr. Johnson has defended most of the major health care delivery systems in the Chicagoland area, as well as several local long-term care facility management companies.  He also has substantial experience in defending claims and lawsuits for insurance companies brought against their insureds in the retail, hospitality, pharmacy, and transportation industries.

Mr. Johnson is an active member of several legal and health care-oriented organizations. These include the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC), and the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). He is a frequent speaker on medical liability and risk management issues for hospitals and long-term care facilities.