Of Counsel

John A. Krivicich

Chicago, IL (312) 422-0972 V card Print bio

General Info

Education

J.D., University of Illinois, cum laude, 1980
B.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1976

Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2020)

Admissions

Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
United States District Court, Southern Distict of Illinois
United State Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Overview

John A. Krivicich concentrates in the defense of personal injury litigation, with emphasis on representing automotive, industrial, software, and consumer product manufacturers. In September, 2014, he was named one of Illinois’ top ten lawyers in product liability defense based on a survey of Illinois lawyers conducted by Leading Lawyers’ Magazine.

He also has an active practice defending senior care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

He has litigated cases in Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Georgia and has obtained defense verdicts in cases involving quadriplegia and wrongful death. In his last five trials alone, plaintiffs’ attorneys have requested juries return awards totaling $92 million. All were defense verdicts.

Mr. Krivicich has also argued numerous appeals before the Illinois Appellate Courts and the federal Seventh Circuit and is counsel of record in over thirty published appellate court opinions.

Mr. Krivicich is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and ALM, the U.S.’s largest legal journalism company, the highest rating achievable.

Mr. Krivicich is also an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of Product Liability Defense. Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law and Politics.

Mr. Krivicich is a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of Products Liability Defense Law. The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with lawyers asking which of their peers comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify as Leading Lawyers.

Mr. Krivicich has spoken before professional audiences on trial techniques, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and product liability actions.

Mr. Krivicich is Donohue Brown’s managing partner and chairman of its management committee, having been reelected in 2014, after previously serving in those positions in 2007-2010. Mr. Krivicich has been a member of the firm’s three person compensation committee for the past eight years. He joined the firm as a partner in 1996. Previously he worked as a partner at Baker and McKenzie, and before that he was associated with Reuben & Proctor.

Mr. Krivicich obtained his law degree from the University of Illinois, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He is a former arbitrator in Cook County’s arbitration program and a former director of the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago. He was Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Western Springs, Illinois.

Experience

In his last five trials alone, plaintiff’s attorneys have requested juries return awards totaling $92 million. All were defense verdicts for Mr. Krivicich’s clients.

Mr. Krivich has also argued numerous appeals before the Illinois Appellate Courts and the federal Seventh Circuit and is counsel of record in over thirty published appellate court opinions.

Wilkins v. Defendant Ambulance Driver and Ambulance Service

2013 IL 114310 (Supreme Court, June 20, 2013)06/20/2013

Client:

Defendant Ambulance Driver and Ambulance Service

Outcome:

Supreme Court reinstated order granting summary judgment to the defendants after reversal by the appellate court.

Show v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook)09/19/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Affirmed judgment in favor of the firm's client

Cars R Us Sales & Rentals Inc., et al. v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Northern District of Illinois (Judge Philip G. Reinhard)01/19/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary Judgment Granted

Reese v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

State Court of Cobb County, GA10/29/2010

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Herschbach v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

20th Judicial Circuit of Illinois11/23/2009

Client:

Defendant Automotive Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Steinhoff v. Defendant Snow Vehicle Manufacturer

Second District Appellate Court 08/04/2009

Client:

Defendant Snow Vehicle Manufacturer

Outcome:

Reversed in favor of defendant

Favia v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

First District Appellate Court03/31/2008

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Verdict Affirmed in favor of Defendant

Christopolous v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

U.S.D.C. Northern District of Illinois (Coar)10/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Directed Verdict

Francois K. v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Circuit Court of Grundy County, IL (Peterson)05/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Skowronski v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, First District04/01/2004

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict; Judgment at Appeals Trial Affirmed in Favor of Defendant

Morgen v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Supreme Court of Indiana, 797 N.E.2d 1146 (IN 2003)03/01/2003

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict; Judgment at Appeals Trial Affirmed in Favor of Defendant

Goodenough v. Defendant Equipment Manufacturer

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois11/01/2002

Client:

Defendant Equipment Manufacturer

Outcome:

Favorable Settlement

Novak v. Defendant Appliance Manufacturer

Circuit Court of Iroquois County, Illinois10/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Appliance Manufacturer

Outcome:

Favorable Settlement

Lowe v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 730 N.E.2d 58 (Ill. App.1st Dist.), leave denied, 191 Ill. 2d 534 (2000)05/01/2000

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Dismissal in Favor of Defendant Affirmed

Rice v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 736 N.E.2d 1145 (Ill. App.1st Dist. 2000)03/01/2000

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Denial of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Reversed

Norton v. Defendant Insurance Company

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 756 N.E.2d 483 (Ill. App.1st Dist. 1999)04/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Insurance Company

Outcome:

Dismissal of Amended Complaint Affirmed

Furlow v. Defendant Automotive Manufacturer

Untied States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois05/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Automotive Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Highlights

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