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Monica Burkoth Named One of Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch

September 22, 2022

Johnson and Bell, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Shareholder, Monica Burkoth, has been named one of the “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for 2022 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

“We are very proud of Monica. She is a talented lawyer, who has developed into a skilled litigator and counselor,” states Robert M. Burke, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.  “It has been exciting to watch her grow professionally and as a leader here at the firm. More importantly, she has accomplished all this while also raising two boys under the age of two with her husband.  She brings a great deal of passion and purpose to her practice and her family life.”

Monica Burkoth focuses her practice on municipal liability, class actions, civil rights law and personal injury litigation. Her clients include municipalities, law enforcement officers and medical professionals.  Ms. Burkoth has successfully defended cases in both state and federal court, and has an excellent record in obtaining favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgment rulings.  Ms. Burkoth has tried more than 45 jury trials to verdict.  She has been included in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and has been recognized as an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers in 2021 and 2022, and as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2018.

While in law school, Ms. Burkoth was a Board Member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, and also participated in several national mock trial competitions, taking first place in the Texas Young Lawyers Advocacy National Trial Competition.  Additionally, Ms. Burkoth has assisted in the coaching and mentoring of a number of trial teams since graduating from law school.

Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” honors Illinois attorneys who show a pas­sion for their profession, have had a series of successful verdicts, and above all, demonstrate a dedication and commitment to the legal profession. Honorees are chosen through a peer nomination process that evaluates candidates’ career achievements, advancement in their fields and community involvement.

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