For more than 35 years, Dennis Johnson has represented businesses in healthcare, commercial and employment cases in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, arbitration hearings, administrative agency proceedings and investigations.
Dennis's recent experience includes internal investigations, including a nationally prominent investigation of claimed racial harassment in college basketball. He also has recently defended arbitrations of managed care contract disputes for a major insurer. He has defended ERISA and employment cases ranging from national class actions to individual claims, and has handled cases concerning preemption, exhaustion, recovery of fraudulently billed amounts and plan documentation issues.
He has defended suits by employees and competitors arising from mergers, acquisitions and franchising agreements, and tried wrongful death cases. His employment experience also includes successful trials of various discrimination suits; workplace and campus harassment and sexual violence claims; other workplace violence claims; whistleblower and retaliation claims; FMLA suits; and restrictive covenant and trade secret claims. Dennis also has defended constitutional claims, Section 1983, antitrust, securities and RICO suits and conducted internal investigations.
Prior to joining the Firm in 1992, Dennis was an equity partner in the Chicago law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd. He has been a volunteer in the Settlement Assistance Program in the Northern District of Illinois through the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law; has volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services; and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Dennis repeatedly has been selected as a Leading Lawyer, and also has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, and Top Rated Midwest Lawyer. He received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service (2010), presented by Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Dennis has represented Illinois colleges and universities for more than a decade in federal trials, the Illinois Court of Claims, Circuit and Appellate Court, internal investigations and federal and state administrative agencies. He also has defended insurance and manufacturing clients in commercial arbitration hearings and federal trials. His other clients include a public utility, a major wireless communications company, not for profit service providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, consulting, outsourcing, advertising and specialty construction firms in federal employment claims and in labor arbitrations.