Long-time Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert Spitkovsky, Jr., recently passed away at the age of 59. He had retired from the firm in 2020.
Born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Spitkovsky attended high school at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1984 from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and his JD from Drake University Law School in 1987. He joined Johnson & Bell in July 1991.
At Johnson & Bell, Mr. Spitkovsky concentrated his practice on toxic tort litigation, having extensive experience in asbestos, silica and other dust and chemical exposure-related cases. Mr. Spitkovsky defended a variety of defendants, including construction contractors, insulation contractors, industrial product and equipment manufacturers, and premises owners. Arguing in front of courts up to the Illinois Supreme Court, he regularly and successfully defended numerous clients in Illinois and around the country. In addition, Mr. Spitkovsky handled all stages of toxic tort litigation involving products containing asbestos, silica and other hazardous chemicals alleged to be found in work-related environments and commercial property sites.
Mr. Spitkovsky served as a mentor to many younger attorneys at Johnson & Bell and was known as someone other attorneys could always go to for advice and help.
Mr. Spitkovsky loved golf and other sports. He was a die-hard fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team as well as a life-long Cubs fan. He loved dogs and will be missed by his golden retriever, Theo.
“Sad news indeed,” stated William V. Johnson, chairman of the Johnson & Bell Board of Directors. “Bob was a genuinely nice guy, with a kind heart. When he was with the firm, he did a terrific job, among other things, in working on some high exposure, intense trials with me that were tried in very difficult venues. His work was invaluable to the client, and to me.”
“Rest in peace, Bob,” stated John W. Bell, vice-chairman of the Johnson & Bell Board of Directors.
A wake for Mr. Spitkovsky will be held on Monday, October 4 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 South Madison Street, in Willowbrook, IL.