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Ryan T. Johnson

Ryan T. Johnson

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(312) 565-8399

Ryan is a trial lawyer practicing in the areas of construction law, professional liability and complex commercial litigation. He has successfully tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. Ryan also serves as national counsel to a large professional liability insurer. Short of trial, Ryan regularly obtains dismissals and favorable resolutions on behalf of the design professionals, contractors and owners.  In addition to dispute resolution, Ryan also engages in contract negotiations and business counseling on behalf of clients.  

  • Areas of Practice -
  • Civil Litigation, Professional Liability, Commercial LitigationConstruction Law and LitigationTort Liability Defense, Appellate Practice, Coverage Litigation 

  • Achievements+
  • Ryan regularly achieves outstanding, timely and cost effective results for his clients. Some of his recent notable cases are as follows:

    • Granted summary judgment on behalf of an architectural firm in a construction fire case with alleged damages in excess of $83 million.
    • Negotiated a complex and favorable resolution arising out of breach of contract and professional liability allegations on behalf of a client in connection with a $400 million project. 
    • Successfully argued a summary judgment motion on behalf of a national engineering firm in a matter involving the deaths of 3 people and injuries to 3 others. The matter had a demand in excess of $13 million. The trial court’s ruling was later affirmed on appeal.
    • Obtained a large six-figure settlement on behalf of an owner of property that experienced significant water damage subsequent to a construction project.
    • Obtained a dismissal of a national engineering firm in a matter that later settled for three million dollars. 
    • Obtained dismissal of a national engineering firm in a matter arising out of a large construction project case with claims of permanent and debilitating personal injury.
    • Obtained the dismissal of an architectural firm in a lawsuit arising out of the construction of a municipal building with alleged damages in excess of $250,000.
    • Secured the dismissal of an international engineering firm in a dispute arising out of the construction of a large residential building complex.
    • Obtained a significant financial settlement on behalf of a contractor supply company that was the victim of theft and fraud, in which the defendant met the settlement demand just prior to the jury selection.
    • Secured a dismissal with prejudice of a suit against an engineering firm accused of malpractice with respect to a land development project and alleged damages in excess of one million dollars.
    • Recovered a six-figured settlement on behalf of an Illinois healthcare company that was the victim of fraud. The settlement was the entire amount sought. 
    • In a matter involving allegations of negligence on behalf of an engineering client, Ryan was able to negotiate a settlement for less than 2% of the alleged damages.
    • Subsequent to deposing the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against an engineering company for work on an Illinois' toll road, Ryan was able to negotiate a settlement of less than 1% of the alleged damages.
    • Secured a settlement with the plaintiff for less than 2% of alleged damages in a lawsuit filed against an elevator contractor for personal injuries that was immediately agreed to.
    • Obtained the dismissal of a large engineering firm involved in a large downtown condominium project lawsuit with claimed damages exceeding $500,000.
    • Secured a dismissal of an engineering firm sued pursuant to a trench collapse during a municipal project. 
    • Granted dismissal on behalf of a national engineering firm pursuant to a construction accident and claim of permanent disability. 
  • Thought Leadership+
  • “Risk Management for Engineers,” Client Seminar, March 2017

    "The Administrative Side of the Practice Part XII," Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2016

    "Email: Type with Care," Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2016

    American Institute of Architects Illinois, Citizen Architect, Published Fall 2015

    “Data Breach and Privacy Protection for Businesses,” Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2015

    "Litigation Topics for Design Professionals," Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2014

    "Green Building and Litigation," Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2013

    "I've Been Served, Now What?", Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals, Oak Brook, IL, 2012

     

  • Education +

    J.D., Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa 2003

    Member, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team

    B.A., English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 2000

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois, 2003

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003

    Illinois Supreme Court, 2003

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2009

  • Experience +

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, IL

    Partner
    2014 to Present

    Associate
    2009 to 2014

    Crisham & Kubes, Ltd.
    Chicago, IL

    Associate
    2008-2009

    McKay, Nora & Tanzillo, LLP
    Chicago, IL

    Associate
    2004-2008

    Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
    Crystal Lake, IL

    Associate
    2003-2004

  • Professional Memberships +

    Chicago Bar Association

    Cook County Bar Association

    Defense Research Institute

    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

  • Civic Affiliations +

    St. John Berchmans' Guardian Angel Gala (Committee member 2009-10)