Nicholas Johnson focuses his practice on construction law, construction litigation, business litigation, auto liability, commercial litigation, and property litigation. Mr. Johnson has obtained summary judgments on behalf of multiple clients and has tried numerous cases before juries to verdict with favorable results in each case.
Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the State of Wisconsin, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois in both its General and Trial Bars.
While in law school, Mr. Johnson held a position with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office researching issues and drafting opinions based on current legal and social trends. He was also a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and the recipient of the John D. Voelker award for the most outstanding contribution to the Law Review. He also competed on a National Moot Court Team in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Johnson has presented at the Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member Lorman Education’s Seminar on Illinois Mechanics Liens several times and has written numerous legal articles on construction law, mechanics lien law, insurance law, and workers' compensation law. Mr. Johnson also previously served on the Zoning and Building Commission for the Village of Antioch.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 2005
University of Wisconsin, BA, 2000
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Illinois Bar Association
Wisconsin Bar Association
Lake County Bar Association
McHenry County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Successfully represented an electrical contractor in court for its lien on public funds and breach of contract action arising out of work done at a Chicago Public School. After discovery and negotiations, the electrical contractor obtained a favorable settlement that paid its supplier in full and satisfied the contractor’s lien. (March 2014).
Successfully represented a general contractor as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the homeowners of house that the general contractor built. The homeowners claimed that the general contractor improperly installed a main support beam in the house and demanded more than $800,000 for repairs and damages when the second floor started to sink into the first floor. After discovery and negotiations, the general contractor paid $1,250 to the homeowners with no acknowledgment of wrongdoing to the settle the case against it. (Dec. 2013).
Successfully represented a renter sued by her landlords for overdue rent and claimed damages to the home she rented. Although the landlord filed the suit and demanded $30,000+ in damages a settlement in favor of the renter was obtained and the landlords had to pay the renter $5,000. (Nov. 2013).
Successfully represented a defendant in a rear-end automobile accident. Plaintiff claimed extensive injury with medical specials of more than $17,000. Plaintiff demanded more than $40,000 to settle the case. Settlement was reached for less than $10,000. (Feb. 2014).
Successfully obtained a $245,000 settlement on behalf of a personal injury client who suffered a broken femur in a T-bone collision. (July 2013).
Successfully represented a client in obtaining a confidential settlement after the client was unable to obtain any reasonable settlement offer while being represented by 3 previous attorneys over the course of 5 years. The settlement was obtained on the eve of trial against a multi-national corporation. (Nov. 2012)
Represented an Architect in resolving disputes with a client that claimed substandard work on a large commercial project through AAA mediation. (April 2012)
Obtained a $195,000 settlement on behalf of a personal injury client who suffered multiple back injuries in a rear end collision. (Jan. 2012)
Obtained a $30,000 settlement on behalf of a personal injury client who suffered neck and back sprains as a result of an accident caused when the defendant drifted into the client’s lane and caused her to veer into the ditch. (Dec. 2011)
Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a corporate client that was sued for violation of the American Disabilities Act by a former executive. The client’s previous attorneys recommended a settlement of more than seven figures. Mr. Johnson was able to secure a settlement of less than six figures after extensive discovery and negotiation. (Jan. 2011)
Successfully defended a large Homeowners Association against a contractor through AAA arbitration. The contractor originally brought a claim for more than $2 million. Counterclaims were filed and after the offset of all claims, the contractor’s award was significantly reduced. (May 2010)
Nicholas Johnson successfully represented a roofing contractor in state and federal bankruptcy court for claims against a large developer who went bankrupt. Mr. Johnson was able to obtain relief in bankruptcy court and his client received 95% of its lien values in state court after numerous other parties settled for far less. (Oct. 2011)
Nicholas Johnson successfully represented a Defendant in an automobile accident in which Plaintiff claimed a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Plaintiff’s initial demand was for the policy limit of $250,000. After extensive discovery, mediation, and a last minute countenance of the trial Plaintiff settled for less than $100,000. (June 2010)
Nicholas Johnson obtained a jury verdict of less than the opposing party’s last demand in an intersection collision. (Sept. 2007)
Nicholas Johnson successfully defended a case of admitted negligence, in which defendant's vehicle struck plaintiff's vehicle, causing it to roll over and spin like a top down the roadway. Plaintiff suffered cuts on his arms from broken glass and had to crawl out of the vehicle. Plaintiff presented almost $15,000 in medical bills and claimed cervical and thoracic somatic dysfunction disc bulging, and permanent loss of the range of motion in his neck. To settle the case prior to trial, Mr. Johnson offered $13,000, which was promptly declined. Plaintiff demanded $50,000 prior to trial and asked the jury for more than $117,000. After 3 hours of deliberation, the jury awarded $11,856.46 -- $1,000 for past pain and suffering, $932 for lost wages, and $9,924.46 for medical bills. The jury awarded nothing for future medical or pain and suffering. (July 2007)
Nicholas Johnson recently obtained summary judgment for another Lake County municipality police officer who was sued for false arrest, malicious prosecution, and violation of civil rights. The lawsuit arose out of the arrest of the plaintiff for driving under the influence of alcohol. The plaintiff went to trial on the DUI charge and prevailed. The court granted summary judgment based upon the qualified immunity granted to police officers under the Municipal Tort Immunity Act, based upon the police officer's testimony that he smelled the aroma of alcohol on the plaintiff after he stopped her for speeding, plaintiff's admission that she was speeding, and that she had consumed a single glass of wine earlier that evening, although she denied that she was intoxicated. (Jan. 2007)
Nicholas Johnson recently obtained summary judgment for a Lake County municipality in a case seeking damages against the village for an incident that occurred at the village's sports complex. The plaintiff was a rock wall climber who sustained personal injury when the village employee who was assisting him lost her grip on the belaying rope, causing the plaintiff to fall. Defendants argued that the plaintiff was involved in a "hazardous recreational activity," as that term is defined in the Municipal Tort Immunity Act. The court agreed and granted the motion.(Jan. 2007)
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