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Preparation and competition serve as a foundation for Jon’s tort defense litigation practice. He represents individuals and small- to large-sized businesses in all aspects of personal injury defense, including automobile negligence cases, premises liability claims and construction site injuries. Employers and insurers often retain Jon prior to litigation to assist in arson and fraud investigations, or the investigations of industrial accidents. Jon is understandably proud of his trial record, having taken over 20 cases to verdict throughout central and downstate Illinois.
Notable Cases and Results:
A summary judgment ruling in a $5 million claim for products liability and general negligence against an equipment rental company and contractors for a worker’s 20-foot fall from a scissor lift.
Representing a nurse in a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim for an alleged failure to monitor a patient’s pulse oximetry, and a dismissal of the nurse after a two-week jury trial.
Obtaining a not guilty verdict for a homeowner in a premises liability jury trial where plaintiff asked for $350,000 in damages for his spiral elbow fracture.
A recent appellate court ruling that will likely have a lasting impact on personal injury litigation: a finding against a plaintiff who filed a claim for bankruptcy where he failed to list his personal injury claim as an asset. The appeals court ruled that the plaintiff could not pursue his personal injury claim because he took inconsistent positions in bankruptcy and civil court proceedings, claiming in one court that he had limited assets, and in the other court that he was owed money for an unresolved tort claim.
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Year of Birth: 1970
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1996
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Moot Court Honors, Trial Advocacy Honors
Undergraduate School: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, B.A., political science, 1993
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:
NCAA Academic All American; NCAA Division II All American 50, 100 Freestyle (swimming); NCAA Division II National Champion (200 FR relay swimming)
Employment History: Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo, partner, 1999-present
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association
Michigan Bar Association
Peoria County Bar Association
Greater Peoria Claims Association
Defense Research Institute
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2017-present
Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
Illinois Rising Stars lists, 2008-2010
Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, with offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, provides dedicated, experienced counsel and litigation for individual and corporate clients. Its mission is to provide quality counsel and aggressive representation to clients in an ethical and civil manner. The firm solves legal issues when they arise, and helps its clients avoid situations that may become problems. The firm provides a wide breadth of defense and litigation services with particular emphasis on healthcare law, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, products liability, and personal injury, as well as commercial litigation and business law.
Handling business and commercial matters, insurance law, and litigation defense matters ranging from personal injury to civil rights defense, our lawyers take special pride in their ability to meet clients' needs, resolve issues, and work for the best possible outcome.