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   3John J. HopkinsAlton(618) 307-4053jhopkins@gorijulianlaw.comjhopkins@gorijulianlaw.comGori Julian & Associates PCwww.gorijulianlaw.comwww.gorijulianlaw.comhopkinsjohn.jpgNursing Home Negligence LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticeMedical malpracticeBirth injuriesNursing home neglect and abuseCar and truck accidentsWrongful death
John J.
Gori Julian & Associates PC
500 E 6th St
Alton IL 62002
Ph.(618) 307-4053 Fx.(618) 655-9690Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Nursing Home Negligence Law    Medical malpractice
Personal Injury Law: General    Birth injuries
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice     Nursing home neglect and abuse
    Car and truck accidents
    Wrongful death
Advisory Board Member
County:  Madison
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Hopkins, the son and grandson of ironworkers, was taught the value of hard work at an early age. Working out of Ironworkers Local 392 in East St. Louis, Illinois, he financed his college and law school by working in the trade. The lessons learned on the job site have guided him well through his 38 years of practice, representing the interests of working men and women throughout the Southern Illinois area.

Mr. Hopkins focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home litigation and workers' compensation. He has achieved success before both the Illinois and the United States Supreme Court and was voted as the best attorney in the Tri-City (Granite City) area in 2000. In 2002, Mr. Hopkins was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Association, an honor reserved for less than 1% of the legal profession.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Most recent settlement: $28 million, Farmer vs. Jackson National Life

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1977
U.S. District Court
  Southern District of Illinois, 1977
  Central District of Illinois, 1992
U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Missouri, 1990

Year of Birth:  1951

Law School:  University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1977

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Moot Court finalist, 1975

Undergraduate School:  St. Louis University, B.A., English, 1973

Representative Clients:  
Severely injured persons

Employment History:  
Private practice, 1977 to present
Special assistant to attorney general, Illinois, 1985-1987
Assistant city attorney, Granite City, Illinois, 1985-1987

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Madison County Bar Association
  President, 1996-1997
Tri-City Bar Association
  President, 1985-1986
American Trial Lawyers Association
  Charter Member President?s Club, 1999
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  Medical Malpractice Committee, 1992-present
  Civil Practice Committee, 1992-present
  Elected Board of Managers, 1996-2000; 2007
  Elected secretary, 2000-2002
  Elected treasurer, 2001-2002
Illinois State Bar Association
  General Assembly, 1998- 2002
  Committee on Future of Legal Profession
  Committee on Attorney Financial Responsibility
  Committee on Educating the Public on Judicial Process
  Committee on Judicial Evaluations
  Task Force on Allocation of Judges
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Campaign for Equal Justice
  Madison County co-chairman, 2000-2002
Re-appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Serviam Award, Marquette Catholic High School, 1994
  • Civic Award, Alton Branch NAACP, 1996, 1999
  • Alumni Award, University of Tulsa College of Law, 2000
  • Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation, 1998
  • Tri-City Lawyer of the Year, 2000
  • Life Member, NAACP, 1996
  • Elected fellow, American Bar Association, 2002 Who's Who in American Law of the 13th Edition, 2003-04
  • Leading Lawyers, recognized in Personal Injury Law and Workers' Compensation Law, 2009-present

Published Legal Writing:  
Author of more than 100 articles in the past six years, appearing in a variety of publications in the Metro East area, some state-wide; among them:

"Nursing Home Litigation," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 2001

"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night: The Case for Punitive Damages in Nursing Home Litigation," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2002

Faculty and Other Teaching Positions
Instructor in a Constitutional Law class for laypeople, operating on a once-a-month basis in Alton

Firm Description:  
In personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, wrongful death and employment law, our firm deals with clients in a compassionate and personalized manner. As a small law firm, we are able to focus our efforts on every case that we handle and only handle those that have merit.

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