Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

Partner

jjohnson@woodrufflawyers.com

  • Bio
  • Education
  • Classes & Seminars
  • Awards
  • Professional Associations

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 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 Chicago, Aurora, Champaign, or throughout the state of Illinois, contact Jay Johnson at Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices at (866) 891-9211.

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

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Timothy A

He settled my case for more than I had expected.

Mr. Haugen is always so very kind and very involved with his client. He’s very attentive when it comes to his client relationship. Any questions I had for him were always answered in a very timely fashion, and explained very well. He settled my case for more than I had expected. Great Attorney! Highly Recommended!

Molly P

Thank you so much for great service and representation!

Attorney Russ Haugen was truly amazing. He kept in touch with me every time there was new information or changes with my case. The company he represents were very professional every time I called and responded back within a reasonable amount of time. I would recommend not only Russ Haugen to represent you, but the […]

Alexis W

Russ fought for me and I received more than double from the 1st settlement offer.

In July of 2018 I injured my back on the job. I was advised by someone to find a lawyer. I was given Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices telephone number. I called and had a consultation with Russell Haugen. I knew nothing as far as what to do or expect. He was very informative […]

Sheryl D

Thank you, Jay Johnson, for all that you do. You are truly one of the good guys.

This is the second time I’ve needed the services of Jay Johnson, and it will be the second time that I am completely satisfied with Mr. Johnson’s performance. He thoroughly explains all aspects of a case and is always able to answer questions and concerns. I would recommend, and have recommended him, to other people […]

Richard V

Very glad I chose them for my lawsuit.

They were very professional with my case. They were patient and always kept me informed. Very comfortable environment. I was very glad to choose them for my lawsuit.

Matthew D.

Russell Haugen represented me, and he was absolutely amazing!

Excellent Law firm! Russell Haugen represented me, and he was absolutely amazing! He always checked on me and answered every phone call regarding my concern we settled for way more than I expected! He’s kind and considerate! I highly recommend Russell! He won’t let you down and God forbid but if I were to get […]

Samia L.

I was very pleased with this firm! Highly recommended!!

Not a fan of lawyers (previous encounters with different firm); but, I was very pleased with this firm and with Casey Woodruff. Answered my questions and addressed my concerns in a timely manner. Highly recommended!!

Dane S.

Honest conversation, personable team and timely responses.

Honest conversation, personable team and timely responses. Working with Mr. Evans and Cynthia has been a wonderful experience at a difficult time. Phone calls and emails are answered within a very reasonable time frame, each conversation is handled in a compassionate manner.

Deidre S.

DJ did a fantastic job on my auto-accident claim!

I highly recommend Mr. Dexter Evans, and the Woodruff law firm. DJ did a fantastic job on my auto-accident claim. I really appreciated all the detailed information provided, and finding medical assistance for me. It was awesome. All my questions were addressed properly and asap. I made my final decision with confidence. Over all the […]

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