Every team is better with an All-American. Since 1999, Quinn Johnston has been fortunate to have Jon Stump, an athletic and academic All-American, on its roster.
Jon attended Oakland University on a swimming scholarship. While studying political science, history and economics, he gained a spot on the NCAA Champion 200 Yard Free Relay and earned NCAA honors as a Division II All-American and as an Academic All-American. “When I wasn’t studying, I was in the pool,” he recalls. “But in the end, putting in the long hours was definitely worthwhile. You can’t expect a superior finished product without thorough preparation.”
Preparation and competition serve as a foundation for Jon’s tort defense litigation practice today. He represents individuals and small- to large-sized businesses in all aspects of personal injury defense, including automobile negligence cases, premises liability claims and construction site injuries. Employers and insurers often retain Jon prior to litigation to assist in arson and fraud investigations, or the investigations of industrial accidents. Jon is understandably proud of his trial record, having taken over 20 cases to verdict throughout central and downstate Illinois.
Jon lists the following among his more significant victories:
- A summary judgment ruling in a $5,000,000 claim for products liability and general negligence against an equipment rental company and contractors for a worker’s 20 foot fall from scissor lift.
- Representing a nurse in a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim for an alleged failure to monitor a patient’s pulse oximetry, and a dismissal of the nurse after a two-week jury trial.
- Obtaining a not guilty verdict for a homeowner in a premises liability jury trial where plaintiff asked for $350,000 in damages for his spiral elbow fracture.
- A recent appellate court ruling that will likely have a lasting impact on personal injury litigation: a finding against a plaintiff who filed a claim for bankruptcy where he failed to list his personal injury claim as an asset. The appeals court ruled that the plaintiff could not pursue his personal injury claim because he took inconsistent positions in bankruptcy and civil court proceedings, claiming in one court that he had limited assets, and in the other court that he was owed money for an unresolved tort claim.
- J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1996
- Honors: Moot Court Honors, Trial Advocacy Honors
- B.A., Political Science, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1993
- Honors: NCAA Academic All American, NCAA Division II All American 50, 100 Freestyle (swimming), NCAA Division II National Champion (200 FR relay swimming)
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Michigan Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Greater Peoria Claims Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
- Illinois Leading Lawyers List, 2017-2018
- Illinois Rising Stars lists, 2008-2010
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.
News From the Firm – Summer 2012
Four of Quinn Johnston's attorneys successfully defended a surgeon and a neurosurgeon in two separate medical malpractice jury trials. Jon Stump won a trial related to a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck and farm tractor. John Kamin obtained a defense verdict for an employer in a case involving a trip-and-fall in a parking lot.