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 - Cranes and Derricks Engineering, Installation, and Planning; RE-130; Rigging, Equipment and Applications: RE-150 - Lift Planning Procedure, Considerations and Execution; RE-160 - Specialized Transport Planning and Engineering Considerations.
- Eagle Scout
- CIC Certified Rigger/Signalperson
News & Press Releases
- Employer's Responsiblility for Training Employees Under 29 C.F.R. 1926. 1400Masterlink, Issue 109, 2016
- Know Your Options: Available Defenses in Construction LitigationConstruction and Equipment Guide, Fall 2014
- Know the Law: How ASME, OSHA Regulations Affect Supervisor LiabilityConstruction and Equipment Guide: Crane, Summer 2013
- Crane and Rigging Hot Line, April 2013
Presentations & Events
- Regulations and Standards: The Legal Realities of Crane LitigationAmerican Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit; Orlando, FL, March 10, 2016
- Construction Law Update, 2014-2015Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Annual Case Law Update, December 2015
- The Legal Realities of Crane LitigationHouston Business Roundtable, October 14, 2014
- OSHA Regulations and ASME Standards for Cranes in ConstructionAmerican Society of Civil Engineers CI Summit, November 8, 2012
- May 11, 2012
- OSHA Best Practices: Emergency Response Through Administrative HearingSmithAmundsen Seminar & Webinar, February 15, 2012
- Construction LiabilityClient Training Seminar, February 9, 2012
- Crane Risk Management: Assignment of OSHA and ASME Responsibilities for Crane Operations on Construction SitesZurich and ENR Webinar, December 7, 2011
- November 8, 2011
- Responsibilities for Crane Operations in Construction: Regulations, Standards, and LiabilityNational Association of Surety Bond Producers Webinar, June 28, 2011
- Responsibilities for Crane Operations in Construction Under OSHA and ASME and Their Impact on Crane LitigationAssociation 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 LitigationChartis Insurance Company Webinar, April 26, 2011
- Understanding OSHA's New Crane Regulations and ASME's Responsibilities for Crane OperationsDawes 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