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David A. Johnson


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The John Marshall Law School, LL.M. - Intellectual Property Law, with honors

The John Marshall Law School, J.D., with distinction and Order of John Marshall

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with distinction and distinction in the major  



David Johnson has represented commercial and residential construction owners, developers, architects, construction managers, general contractors, and specialty subcontractors for more than twenty years.  He has extensive experience in defending property damage, personal injury, and construction defect claims in mediation, arbitration and litigation.  He has lectured on construction claims and construction defect and has prosecuted and defended surety bond and mechanics lien claims.

David’s forte in construction litigation is crane accidents involving personal injury and property damage claims under general liability and inland marine policies.  In an effort to better understand the technical aspects of the crane and rigging industry, David became a Certified Rigger/Signalperson with extensive training in the crane and rigging disciplines.  He defends crane and rigging clients in personal injury, property damage and product liability cases. 

David is proficient in OSHA emergency response, compliance and appeals. He presents webinars and seminars and authors articles on OSHA’s regulations. He has represented clients in OSHA investigations of fatalities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Outside the area of construction law, David represents clients in trademark and unfair competition litigation that arise out of general liability advertising policies, having obtained an LLM with honors in 2001. He has represented clients in cases involving trademark infringement and unfair trade practices in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Eastern District of New York.  


  • Martindale-Hubbell BV® Distinguished™ rated

Memberships & Involvement

  • Legal Association Memberships: American Bar Association: Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Defense Research Institute; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; American Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Law and Subcommittees on copyright and trademark; American Intellectual Property Law Association and Subcommittees on copyright and trademark; Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and Subcommittees on copyright and trademark; Illinois State Bar Association and Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Law; Chicago Bar Association and Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Law
  • Trade & Professional Association Memberships: Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association; Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals: Serves as Member of the Board of Directors, Serves as Chair of the Regulations Committee; Associated Wire Rope Fabricators; American Society of Civil Engineers: Serves as Member of Crane Safety and Construction Committee; American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Serves as Contributing Member on ASME P30: Planning for the Use of Cranes
  • Crane & Rigging Training: The Crosby Group, Fundamentals of Rigging, Rigging Trainer Development; Mobile Crane Safety, Crane Institute of America; Mobile Crane Inspector, Crane Institute of America; Rigging Equipment Inspector, Crane Institute of America; Master Rigger, Industrial Training International; Crane Accident Investigation, Industrial Training International
  • Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering – Industrial Training International: RE-120-Crane & Derrick Engineering; RE-130-Rigging & Load Handling Equipment; RE-140-Alternative Load Handling Equipment; RE-150-Lift Planning Procedure; RE-160-Specialized Transport; RE-170-Standards & Regulations for Load Handling Equipment


  • OSHA Provides Guidance on New Injury Reporting Procedures
    Masterlink, Issue 110, 2016
  • Employer's Responsiblility for Training Employees Under 29 C.F.R. 1926. 1400
    Masterlink, Issue 109, 2016
  • Know Your Options: Available Defenses in Construction Litigation
    Construction and Equipment Guide, Fall 2014
  • Know the Law: How ASME, OSHA Regulations Affect Supervisor Liability
    Construction and Equipment Guide, Summer 2013
  • Crane and Rigging Hot Line, April 2013

Presentations & Events

  • Codes and Standards in Construction Litigation 
    Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; Chicago, IL, July 18, 2017
  • Regulations and Standards: The Legal Realities of Crane Litigation
    American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit; Orlando, FL, March 10, 2016
  • Construction Law Update, 2014-2015
    Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Annual Case Law Update, December 2015
  • The Legal Realities of Crane Litigation
    Houston Business Roundtable, October 14, 2014
  • OSHA Regulations and ASME Standards for Cranes in Construction
    American Society of Civil Engineers CI Summit, November 8, 2012
  • Crane Risk Management: Assignment of OSHA and ASME Responsibilities for Crane Operations on Construction Sites
    Zurich and ENR Webinar, December 7, 2011
  • November 8, 2011
  • Responsibilities for Crane Operations in Construction: Regulations, Standards, and Liability
    National Association of Surety Bond Producers Webinar, June 28, 2011
  • Responsibilities for Crane Operations in Construction Under OSHA and ASME and Their Impact on Crane Litigation
    Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals’ General Assembly and Workshop, May 11, 2011
  • Responsibilities for Crane Operations under OSHA 1926.1400 and ASME B30.5-2007 and Their Impact on Crane Litigation
    Chartis Insurance Company Webinar, April 26, 2011
  • Understanding OSHA's New Crane Regulations and ASME's Responsibilities for Crane Operations
    Dawes Crane Rental & Rigging, Inc.'s Annual Safety Meeting, February 26, 2011
  • Crane Litigation Under the New OSHA Rules (1926.1400) and ASME Standards (B30.5-2007)
    OSHA's New Crane Regulations Seminar/Webinar, November 8, 2010