Jim has more than 25 years of experience practicing in Illinois state courts and U.S. federal courts. His practice is large in scope concerning many types of civil lawsuit defense. He began his practice with Quinn, Johnston, Henderson and Pretorius in 1991, immediately following his graduation from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Three years into his career, Jim relocated to Springfield, Illinois in light of the firm’s need for expansion into Springfield and downstate Illinois. He helped open the firm’s office there and has remained there ever since. Jim takes great pride in Quinn Johnston’s successful expansion into Springfield, where the practice has grown from handling workers’ compensation matters and a few subrogation cases to a large docket of cases and staffing including three partners. During the last 20 years, the Springfield office has continued to grow and offers an opportunity for clients to utilize a familiar name in cases located in central and southern Illinois. Jim’s practice area ranges from Quincy in the west to Danville in the east and Bloomington in the north to Marion in the south.
Jim currently defends municipal liability tort claims, product liability cases, premises liability lawsuits and automobile liability claims. Although he has been involved in the trial of numerous cases in Illinois and in federal courts, his more recent experience concerns the mediation of files during the last few years; his focus is on achieving the most efficient result so that the trial expenses need not unnecessarily be undertaken. Toward this end, he often frames his cases for summary judgment, which he has received in more than 30 cases.
Among the highlights of Jim’s career, he cites:
- Defending a local hardware store that sold a gel pot that severely burned a minor’s face. At mediation, a settlement was reached which did not require any input from Jim’s client.
- Receiving summary judgment from a three-person panel arbitration board, which ultimately awarded a commercial premise’s owner more than $3 million due to water damage; Jim’s client, the roofer, paid nothing.
- Employing the “admission of negligent act” on three occasions which resulted in verdicts for the plaintiffs but resulting damage awards of zero dollars for the plaintiffs.
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Sangamon County Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, 1991
Honors: Phi Delta Phi
- B.A., Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois, 1988
Honors: summa cum laude, Phi Alpha Theta
Illinois Leading Lawyers List, 2015-2018
News & Events
Quinn Johnston’s Entire Partnership Named as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Practice Areas
Leading Lawyers has announced that 18 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. Sixteen of the lawyers were named Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers registered to practice in Illinois and two were named Emerging Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent. Significantly, every firm partner was named a leading lawyer in their designated areas of practice.
Quinn Johnston Attorneys Named as 2016 Leading Lawyers
Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division has announced that 15 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Government & Liability Seminar
Quinn Johnston hosted an informative government and liability seminar on Wednesday,September 16, 2015. This complimentary seminar was suited for Insurers, Adjusters, Risk Managers, Municipalities, City Managers and others in government.
Health Insurers’ Subrogation Liens Are to Be Legislatively Regulated
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Health Care Services Lien Act, which will become effective January 1, 2013. The amended law answers questions for health insurers who hold subrogation liens on personal injury claims.
News from the Firm – Fall 2012
Quinn Johnston was recently awarded a contract to provide legal services to the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD), effective October 1, 2012. Our attorneys have also recently obtained summary judgment for multiple clients in municipal law and premises liability cases, and the Fourth District Appellate Court recently upheld summary judgment for an insurance company client.