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AMY E. 
JOHNSON

Partner

ajohnson@heplerbroom.com

312-205-7726

Chicago, IL

 

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, n/k/a UIC John Marshall Law School J.D., 1997
  • St. Mary's University of Minnesota, B.A. in Political Science/History, 1993

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Southern District of Indiana
    • Eastern District of Michigan

Practice Description


Amy E. Johnson focuses her practice on insurance, personal injury and property damage, premises, cybersecurity, and appellate law. She is a certified mediator with a strong track record in both corporate and private practice.

Ms. Johnson has 20 years of experience mitigating risk on coverage issues and high exposure or bad faith claims. She also has significant litigation experience in bad faith insurance claims, including a successful appeal record. Her work includes all product lines (third-party general liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers/professional risk, EPL, first-party commercial property, personal umbrella, and surety bonds), as well as primary, umbrella, and excess coverage. She has a strong understanding of risk analysis, sharp organizational and tactical skills, and the ability to promote and execute strategies. Ms. Johnson is known for achieving cost-effective resolution of claims. She has the unique ability to simultaneously create high-level strategic plans and execute them at a detailed level.

Her past experience includes 13 years as Director of Property & Casualty Claims at a national insurance company. As in-house counsel, she was in charge of bad faith litigation and extra-contractual claims at a national level. She developed a unique, settlement-based strategy based on intensive investigation and expert resources, which minimized risk and maximized negotiating position. In addition, she has private practice experience litigating insurance coverage, bad faith, and personal injury/property damage cases.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Insurance Coverage and Business Issues Arising out of the #MeToo Movement,” Insuralex U.S. Seminar on Cutting Edge Insurances Issues (Chicago IL, 2019).
  • “Top 5 Ways to Ensure Good Faith Handling of Fire Claims,” Insurance Committee for Arson Control webinar (2019). (co‑presenter with HeplerBroom partner Rick Hammond)
  • “Emerging Issues in the Workplace: Discrimination and Harass­ment,” Property & Liability Resource Bureau’s Claims Conference (Indianapolis IN) (2019).
  • “Coverage Claims, Bad-Faith Disputes, and What’s in the Claim File,” DRI Women in the Law Conference (Coronado CA) (2019). (co‑presenter)
  • “Bad Faith Dilemma Facing Insurers,” Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (2010)
  • “Bad Faith Litigation in Illinois,” National Business Institute (2004)

 

HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.