Coming out of law school in 1986, Kevin was anxious to get into the court room. Now after 28 years as a lawyer, 25 medical malpractice jury trials, and countless other trials and hearings, the thrill of the court room still stays with him. “Trial is the culmination of the lawyer’s training, his construction of the case, and the ultimate proving grounds for his client’s cause,” he says. “I enjoy being a medical malpractice defense attorney, and take great pride in trials I handle at Quinn Johnston.”
After finishing his law degree cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law, Kevin’s first stop in his legal career was at Quinn Johnston, where he counts it a privilege to have worked alongside of the firm’s founding partners Dick Quinn and Tom Johnston.
About the time that Mr. Quinn retired, Kevin also left the firm and went to work for a high-volume plaintiff’s personal injury practice, handling all manner of personal injury cases. While he gained valuable trial experience in that practice, he soon realized his comfort zone was on the defense of tort cases. He joined another civil defense firm in 1994 and since that time, has devoted his entire professional time to the defense of medical malpractice cases. In 2004 he was pleased to return to Quinn Johnston as a partner, handling medical malpractice defense cases for hospitals, doctors and a variety of other healthcare providers.
What professional accomplishments is he most proud of? Kevin considers these at the top of his list:
- In a span of four months, he tried five cases to jury verdict for various healthcare providers (a dentist, a hospital, two ER doctors, a family doctor and a surgeon). One case sought punitive damages. Another was brought under the legal theory of res ipsa loquitor. Three of the cases alleged wrongful death. He won not-guilty verdicts in all five cases.
- He enjoys representing the medical profession in court. “No doctor, hospital or nurse ever wishes harm for a patient. The public needs to know that. Jurors need to be reminded of that.”
- He is a frequent presenter at CLE seminars on topics of professional ethics, having written and produced professional responsibility seminars for the Peoria County Bar Association. The PCBA is a 620 member organization of diverse attorneys, and Kevin served as their President from 2011–2012.
- J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, 1986
- Honors: cum laude
- B.A., English, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 1981
- Iowa (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- Peoria County Bar Association, President 2011 – 2012
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Defense Research Institute
- Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
- Leading Lawyers list, 2009 – 2018
- Super Lawyers list, 2010 – 2014, 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.
2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Eight Quinn Johnston attorneys in Central Illinois were named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers / Rising Stars lists.
Kevin Miller Featured by 2Civility
Kevin Miller, a partner at Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo in Peoria, was recently featured by 2Civility, an online communication channel of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
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.
Defense Verdict in Brain-Damaged Baby/Maternal Death Lawsuit
Kevin Miller recently obtained a defense verdict in a two-week medical malpractice claim. At trial, Plaintiff claimed that the doctor was negligent in failing to order a loading dose of magnesium sulfate to prevent eclamptic seizures, and that he failed to perform a perimortem Cesarean section delivery in a timely fashion. Attorney Matt Maddox second-chaired the case.
Attorneys Named to 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Thirteen attorneys from our Peoria law firm have been recognized for outstanding achievements by two prominent ratings services.
1st Annual Pig Roast Raises Over $2,600
Quinn Johnston proudly hosted a pig-roast benefit in July 2013 to support the Neighborhood House Meals on Wheels program. The family-oriented event took place at Ravina on the Lakes in Peoria. One hundred percent of collected proceeds benefited Meals on Wheels, which serves over 900 hot meals per day in the Peoria area.
Medical Malpractice Legislation Introduced
The Standard of Care Protection Act (H.R. 1473) would mandate that guidelines adopted in federal healthcare programs may not be used to establish a standard of care in a malpractice action brought in state court. HB-5151 may answer questions surrounding Section 2-622 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations – Part 2
Kevin Miller writes of a conversation between himself and his Uncle Will, who had concerns about medical malpractice statutes of limitations. Kevin explained that there are exceptions to the general rule that a plaintiff must file a medical malpractice claim within two years from the time he or she is injured.
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.
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.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations – Part 1
Kevin Miller describes a conversation he had with his Uncle Will, who wanted to understand why medical malpractice cases can take several years following the date of injury to proceed to trial. Kevin explained statute of limitations, the discovery rule, and the statute of repose. As an example, he used a recent case involving a doctor who allegedly should have diagnosed a case of cancer more quickly.