William G. Stone, Jr.

William G. Stone, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Stone & Johnson, Chartered
 | 111 West Washington Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-332-5656
Fax: 312-332-5858
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

William Stone (“Bill”) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is a product of the Chicago Public School System.  Bill served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. His trial experience began in his last year of law school when he served as the assistant public defender in Benton County, Arkansas. Bill is a trial lawyer who has participated in over 40 civil trials and injunction hearings, including more than 10 jury trials as "first chair."  Bill concentrates his practice in the areas of professional liability, products liability, construction injury, commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters. 

Bill has tried cases in both state and federal courts in Illinois and Indiana and handled the cases through appellate resolution. Most recently, Bill's focus has been on the defense and trial of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving $16 to $18 million dollar demands.  Bill has also mediated, litigated, arbitrated and resolved prior to trial many $10 million to $300 million dollar personal injury and insurance coverage related cases.

In June 2012 Bill was honored to try the first case in Indiana where the Indiana Supreme Court allowed the proceedings to be video taped and webcast. The case was a fourteen day long jury trial of a wrongful death case arising out of a construction accident. Bill represented the target defendant and despite the plaintiff's request for the jury to award $16 million in damages and to find Bill's client 60% at fault, Bill persuaded the jury to find his client merely16% at fault. This resulted in only a $1.3 million judgment against Bill's client which was significantly less than the pretrial demand.

 

About William Stone, Jr.

Admitted: 1980, Illinois

Honors/Awards:

  • Illinois’ Super Lawyers among the top 5% of Lawyers in Illinois, as published in Crain’s Chicago Business. Member of Leading Lawyers Network.  "AV" peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell representing the Highest Rating given in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Recently recognized in Presidential Who's Who among Business and Professional Achievers.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Ilinois licensed Managing Real Estate Broker, 2012
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Colorado.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of Chicago Bar Association, guest Lecture on Insurance related topics.  Member of the Bars of Missouri, Colorado, Illinois and Indiana.  Member of Federal Trial Bar for the 7th Circuit, American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Served on the Boards of the Arrowhead Farm Property Owners Association; Highlands Lodge Property Owners Association; Master Association and the Beaver Creek Property Owners Association.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecture to Chicago Bar Association for continuing legal education credit on insurance coverage related topics; Lecture on Professional Liability and general changes in the law for firm clients.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Representative Trials: Estate of Komacko v. Central Rent-A-Crane, et al, Cause No. 45C01-1106-CT-0091. (June 2012).  This was the first case tried in Indiana where the Indiana Supreme Court allowed a video camera in the court room and the delayed web broadcasting of the trial to the general public.  Komacko was a 14 day jury trial of an ironworker wrongful death case arising from a construction accident. The case received extensive media attention.  Witnesses included the past and present presidents of the Ironworkers’ Union Local 395.  Bill represented the target defendant. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $16 million in damages and to find Bill's client 60% at fault. Bill successfully persuaded the jury to apportion only 16% of fault against his client which resulted in a verdict of $1.3 million which was well below the pretrial demand.Hadrys v. Morrow Equipment, et al, Case No. 01 L 001279. (December 2008).  Hadrys was a construction injury "arm off" case tried twice. The first trial involved Bill's client and three other construction company defendants. It ended in a mistrial on Bill's motion due to the plaintiff's liability expert's violation of several critical motions in limine. The case was retried 10 months later solely against Bill's client with the other defendants reaching settlements. The plaintiff’s pretrial demand was $14 million and the plaintiff asked the jury to award damages of approximately $17 million against Bill's client.  Bill successfully persuaded the jury to apportion 40% of the fault against the plaintiff which resulted in a net judgment of approximately $2.7 million. This judgment was quickly satisfied.  Yongping Zhou v. John Huang, et al, Case No. 03 L 5438.  (April 2010).  This was the trial of an attorney malpractice case where Bill represented the plaintiff who claimed as a result of his immigration attorney's prior malpractice he was wrongfully incarcerated for 25 months. The jury, following 10 days of trial, returned a verdict in favor of Bill's client for $4 million to compensate him for his loss of liberty, psychological and emotional injuries sustained and likely to be sustained in the future and the reasonable amount of psychological treatment needed stemming from his wrongful detention. The defendant appealed the case.  Bill handled the appeal. The appellate court, in a non-published Rule 23 decision, granted the defendant judgment notwithstanding the verdict finding that attorneys (unlike doctors), in Illinois, cannot be held liable for non-economic damages. The appellate court based its decision on orbiter dictum and even held that the jury's award of economic or money damages to compensate Bill’s client for his needed psychological treatment was also "non-economic damages". The appellate court refused to publish the opinion and the Illinois Supreme Court denied the petition for leave to appeal., 2008

Representative Clients:

  • National and Fortune 500 construction, manufacturers and insurance companies.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • President, Christian Legal Society, 1979-1980; President, Phi Beta Lambda (business fraternity), 1974-1976; selected to try first Indiana webcast trial, 2012.

Videos:

  • Tried first web broadcasted case in Indiana allowed by the Indiana Supreme Court.  See Komacko v. Central Rent-a-Crane, et al, Cause No. 45C01-1106-CT-0091.

Educational Background:

  • University of South Florida (B.A., Finance 1976, top 10%); Phi Kappa Phi, President of Phi Beta Lambda; Second Place Award in National Competition for Extemporaneous Speaking; University of Arkansas (J.D., 1980) graduated 13; Arkansas Law Review; President, Christian Legal Society.

Industry Groups

  • Armadillo Insurance Group
  • Defense Research Institute
Office Location for William G. Stone, Jr.

111 West Washington Street
Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60602

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Last Updated: 9/10/2018

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