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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  



Dave Johnson’s name is known to most in the construction community. For more than 30 years Dave has successfully represented construction companies, networked with leaders in the construction industry at trade shows, educational events and association meetings.

In an effort to better understand the technical aspects of the crane and rigging industry, Dave became a CIC Certified Rigger/Signalperson with extensive training in crane and rigging safety and inspection. He provides counsel on crane and rigging accidents that result in personal injury, property damage and product liability cases. He is proficient in OSHA emergency response compliance and appeals. He presents webinars and seminars and authors articles on OSHA’s crane regulations and the ASME B.30.5 mobile crane standards with respect to compliance, and roles and responsibilities.

In the construction industry Dave represents developers, architects, construction managers, general contractors, and specialty subcontractors in the defense of personal injury, property damage, construction defect, mechanics liens and OSHA.


  • 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
  • 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; Managing Crane Safety, Crane Institute of America; Understanding OSHA's New Crane Regulations, Crane Institute of America; Rigger Safety Training, Equipment Training Solutions; Rigging Equipment Inspector, Crane Institute of America; Master Rigger, Industrial Training International; Accident Investigation, Industrial Training International.
  • Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering - Industrial Training International: RE-120 - Crane & Derrick Engineering: Installation & Planning; RE-130 - Rigging & Load Handling Equipment: Engineering & Applications; RE-140 – Alternative Load Handling Equipment: Engineering & Applications; RE-150 - Lift Planning Procedure: Considerations & Execution; RE-160 - Specialized Transport: Planning & Engineering Considerations; RE-170 - Standards & Regulations for Load Handling Equipment 
  • Eagle Scout
  • CIC Certified Rigger/Signalperson


  • 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: Crane, 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