Of Counsel

John A. Krivicich



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.



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


  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2020)


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


Wilkins v. Defendant Ambulance Driver and Ambulance Service

06/20/2013 Client:

Defendant Ambulance Driver and Ambulance Service


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

A motorist collided with an ambulance transporting a patient on a non-emergency basis from a hospital to a nursing home. Sustaining severe head trauma in the collision, the motorist sued ...


Show v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

09/19/2011 Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer


Affirmed judgment in favor of the firm's client.

The plaintiffs were the driver and passenger in a vehicle that was in a “T-bone” intersection collision with another vehicle, causing the plaintiff’s vehicle to roll over. Plaintiffs contended that ...

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