Respect for working men and women is the driving force behind Jay Johnson’s commitment to workers’ compensation law. It is a respect that runs deep. One of Jay’s grandfathers was a Kentucky coal miner; the other, a member of the United Rubber Workers. Because both his grandfathers worked extremely hard in less-than-ideal environments, Jay has great empathy for those who get hurt on the job.
Over the years, Jay has recovered millions of dollars for people suffering from a variety of work-related injuries. He prides himself on thoroughly preparing for each case and staying in close, personal contact with clients. Jay travels statewide to represent his clients. He has argued cases at all 17 workers’ compensation sites throughout the state of Illinois. He has also argued cases in many Circuit Courts in the Illinois Appellate Court. Because he is bilingual, Jay works with a number of Spanish-speaking clients, many of whom are unfamiliar with the workers’ compensation system and are greatly relieved to discuss their legal dilemma in their own language. His clients find reassurance in Jay’s understanding, professional demeanor and his willingness to take even tough cases to trial.
Jay’s proudest moment as an attorney came when he helped a 23-year-old mentally disabled man beat the Social Security Administration. The federal government believed it had overpaid the young man by thousands of dollars and was trying to get it back. But this man had no source of income and his father was battling cancer. Jay argued the family had complied with all Social Security requirements and convinced the judge that it would be wrong to penalize the family for the government’s error.
Jay graduated in the top 15% of his class from the John Marshall School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review and served as a staff editor. He earned his undergraduate degrees in political science and Spanish at the University of Kentucky.
When he is not working, Jay enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. He is a NASCAR, hockey, and University of Kentucky basketball fan. On weekends, he cheers on his son in his Sabres Youth Hockey games and helps his daughter with her Girl Scout activities. He anchors his bowling team. Jay is a member of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church and helps support the Hunt Club Elementary School Parent Organization.
If you need a personal injury attorney in Chicago, Aurora, Champaign, or throughout the state of Illinois, contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans at (866) 400-4450.
John Marshall Law School: J.D.
- Law Review, Staff Editor
- University of Kentucky: Political Science & Spanish (with honors)
Classes & Seminars
- What is a Work-Related Accident? Illinois Education Association, Presenter
- Repetitive Trauma Injuries, United Food & Commercial Workers, Presenter
- Your Right to Benefits Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Service Employees International Union, Presenter
- Work-Related Injuries, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Presenter
- Immigrants’ Rights Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, The Mexican Consulate, Presenter
- Work-Related Injuries, Garment and Leather Workers, Presenter
- How Changes in Workers’ Compensation Law Affect Your Member, Illinois Valley Building Trades, Presenter
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
- Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Language Honorary Society)
- Leading Lawyers, 2015 – 2018
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Kane County Bar Association, 2007 – present
- Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, 2009 – present
- DuPage County Bar Association, 2010 – present
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 – present
Membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is limited to trial attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of their clients. We are proud to have several attorneys who are among the less than 1% of attorneys in the United States selected for membership.
Several of our attorneys have earned an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. This is the highest possible peer-review rating offered by the renowned organization. Attorneys are selected by their peers and clients based on a number of categories.
The annual Super Lawyers® list, published in Super Lawyers® Magazine, highlights attorneys who have made considerable professional achievements. We are proud to have several attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list multiple times.
We are proud members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that is committed to fighting for the rights of injured workers throughout the state of Illinois. As ITLA members, we are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of hard-working individuals and their families.
Casey Woodruff, Jay Johnson and Dexter Evans were all members of Illinois’ Leading Lawyers every year from 2015 to 2017. Eligibility for membership is based on a rigorous peer nomination process—attorneys must be nominated by their fellow attorneys to become Leading Lawyers members.
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