Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

Partner

jjohnson@woodrufflawyers.com

  • Bio

Jay Johnson

Partner

jjohnson@woodrufflawyers.com

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 Johnson 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.

Languages

If you need a workers’ compensation attorney in Aurora, Champaign, Chicago, or throughout the state of Illinois, contact Jay Johnson work comp and personal injury lawyer at Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices at (630) 585-2320.

Education

  • John Marshall Law School: J.D.
    • Law Review, Staff Editor
  • University of Kentucky: Political Science & Spanish (with honors)

Classes & Seminars

  • School Employees & Work Place Injuries, What you need to know. IEA RA Assembly, Presenter
  • When Cops Get Hurt: Workers’ Compensation Issues Unique to Law Enforcement, ILFOP Police Steward Training, Presenter
  • The Injured School Employee: Rights and Benefits IEA One Conference, Presenter
  • 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

  • IlFOP Blue and Gold Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Language Honorary Society)
  • Leading Lawyers, 2015 – 2020
  • Super Lawyer 2020

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
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Award

From day one, Russell Haugen and Woodruff Johnson & Evans handled the work comp case with empathy and diligence. Highly recommended.

I would definitely recommend Woodruff Johnson & Evans to anyone I know that need legal help with a worker’s comp issue. From day one I’ve felt comfortable and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Mr. Haugen was always pleasant and empathetic to my case and worked diligently. I would […]

Shelia W

Jay Johnson is a good communicator and speaks to his clients in a language they can understand.

Jay always answers or returns my calls promptly. Jay is able to share information about my claim in a non-lawyer kind of way.

Chris J.

Fighting for My Workers Compensation with Attorney Lee Alhambra Gave Me Peace Of Mind And Victory.

I Had A Nasty Tumble/Fall On A Cushioned Mat Behind A Desk At Work. I Had Been Totally Misinformed And Misled By Employers About Making A Full Recovery And Legal Processes. I Did Not Understand Any Legal Issues. I Contacted Woodruff Johnson & Evans And Spoke With Leandro A. Alhambra. Lee Explained To Me How […]

Karen K

Jay Johnson Helped Me Through A Nightmare of a Lawsuit

I just want to thank Woodruff Johnson & Evans Attorney Jay Johnson and his legal secretary, Annie,  for helping me through this whole lawsuit nightmare. I appreciate your time and effort, and YES, I would  highly recommend you to anyone.

Tammy B

It was a pleasure working with Russell Haugen and the legal team at Woodruff Johnson & Evans!

It was a pleasure working with Russ and his team!!! They explained everything thoroughly and helped me with all my needs during this difficult time! I was happy with the outcome, they were a great referral to me and I will gladly refer this office on to others!

Noelia M.

I would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff team on representing me.

Would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff Johnson & Evans legal team for representing me. Dex, I really appreciate you for standing on my behalf with this long journey.

Kennesha W.

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Timothy T

I have complete trust, confidence and satisfaction in Attorney Russell Haugen.

I have been represented by a number of lawyers in the last 3 years with no satisfaction and no confidence. That changed when Russell Haugen took my case. Russell updated me regularly and truthfully worked on my behalf. With Russell’s council, I received a fair settlement for my losses. I have complete trust, confidence and […]

Dennis C

Lee Alhambra: kind and patient when explaining things, and a calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Want to say thank you to Attorney Leandro Alhambra for not just being a good lawyer but for being kind and patient when explaining things. He has calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Conniebelle

Lee Alhambra will represent you well and will fight for your case. Highly Recommended.

Very professional, detailed and courteous. My case was handled with ease and I’m very grateful! Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices will represent you well and fight for you. Leandro Alhambra is a lawyer I would highly recommend.

Dylan C
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