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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 LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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