Paul B. Johnson

Paul B. Johnson

Paul B. Johnson is one of the principals in the firm of Knight, Hoppe, Kurnik, & Knight Ltd.  Mr. Johnson concentrates his practice in the fields of construction litigation, commercial litigation and insurance defense.  Mr. Johnson has taken on cases involving premise liability, products liability, environmental torts and personal injury defense. He has handled cases involving wrongful death allegations and significant property damage claims.

Mr. Johnson’s general civil litigation practice includes all areas of litigation from investigation and discovery to the trial in both state and federal courts. He has a distinct track record in successfully utilizing the alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve cases, when appropriate. Mr. Johnson has also developed a reputation in working directly with self-insureds when litigation is forthcoming to protect their interests.

Prior to joining the firm of Knight, Hoppe, Kurnik & Knight, Ltd., Mr. Johnson worked at a mass tort litigation firm specializing in asbestos defense.  Mr. Johnson earned a B.A. in Political Science from Quincy University, cum laude, where he also played four years of college baseball.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School.

Mr. Johnson is licensed to practice before the state bars of Illinois and Indiana. In addition, Mr. Johnson has appeared before the Bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois and the Bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana.  Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  Mr. Johnson resides in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, which allows him the flexibility to work out of the Rosemont, Illinois and Schererville, Indiana offices.

Recent Career Highlights

  • State Court jury verdict in favor of City where hockey coach slipped on mat and sustained injuries. Crawford v. City of Mishawaka, October 20, 2015, St. Joe County Case No. 71D04-1110-CT-229.
  • Judgment in favor of Defendant in small claims bench trial on Plaintiff’s claim that motor sports dealer damaged her ATV when she brought it in to be repaired. Rolston v. Arms Power Sports, Inc., February 6, 2015, Kosciusko County, Case No. 43D03-1406-SC-716.
  • State Court granted Motion for Summary Judgment where the Plaintiff alleged that police officers trespassed, invaded privacy, and attempted breaking and entering after being dispatched to a reported shots fired call at the Plaintiff’s residence.   Summary Judgment was granted based upon the Indiana Tort Claims Act, law enforcement immunity, I.C. 34-13-3-3(8).  The Court determined that all actions taken by the police officers on the night in question were well within the scope and course of their employment as city police officers and entered judgment in favor of the Department.  Buzalski v. City of Mishawaka, October 20, 2016, 71D04-1208-CT-00179.