Glenn F. Fencl: Lawyer with Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Glenn F. Fencl

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone(312) 984-6688

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
University University of Illinois, B.S., 1974
Law SchoolIIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1980
Admitted1980, Illinois; Illinois Supreme Court; Federal Trial Bar Association


•ALFA Insurance Law Practice Group, steering committee;
Chair for the ALFA Insurance Group leadership committee, 2015;
Vice Chair of Marketing for the ALFA Insurance Group, 2013;
ALFA International Employment Practices Liability Insurance seminar program chair, 2010

•American Arbitration Association

•Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago

•Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations

•Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

•International Association of Defense Counsel

•Defense Research Institute, DRI Marketing Liaison and State Representative for the State of Illinois for its 2012 annual meeting

BornElmhurst, Illinois, October 9, 1952

Glenn F. Fencl is co-chair of Johnson & Bell's Insurance group, with a concentration in product liability and insurance coverage. Mr. Fencl has handled numerous declaratory judgment coverage trials in several jurisdictions, is lead trial lawyer for several national manufacturers and has more than 25 jury verdicts. He has given several presentations and has authored numerous articles, including the Comprehensive General Liability chapter for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education treatise Liability Insurance Coverage Practice.

Holder of an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Fencl is involved in many law organizations, including: the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations, Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, American Arbitration Association, Defense Research Institute and Society of Trial Lawyers. On the steering committee of the ALFA Insurance Law Practice Group, Mr. Fencl has held the post of chair since 2015 and was the Vice Chair of Marketing in 2013. He additionally held the post of program chair for the ALFA International Employment Practices Liability Insurance seminar in 2010.


•AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Illinois Super Lawyers 2004-2015



Speaker, Scaffolds, Cranes & Aerial Devices: Case Law Update, DRI Product Liability Conference, February 2015.

Speaker, How Much Coverage Is There? Multiple Occurrences and Multiple Limits, Johnson & Bell Insurance Seminar, September 12, 2013.

Speaker, Litigation Management: The Key to Achieving Your Desired Results, Risk Management and Legal Defense Workshop sponsored by The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc., Braintree, Mass. July 23, 2013.

“Recovering Funds After Settlement: A Practical Guide to Subrogation, ” Scaffolding, Cranes and Aerial Devices Litigation Workshop, DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans.

Led witness preparation workshop “Testimony Under Fire: Deposition and Trial - A Witness Perspective” for The National Catholic Risk Retention Group's Legal Defense Practice Workshop, Chicago, 2011

Moderated “Litigation Management, ” workshop at the National Catholic Risk Retention Group Annual Writer Meeting, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2012

Spoke on the topic of “Case Law Updates” for the Recreational Product SLG at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012


Self-Insured Retentions and High Deductibles: Their Impact on Insurers and Policyholders, Johnson & Bell Insurance Newsletter, Fall 2013.

Reported CasesRepresentative Cases; Wocjik v. Yamazaki Mazak Corp. (1st Dist.) Statute of limitations on products case. Sportmart v. Daisy Manufacturing (1st Dist.) Duty to defend under additional insured endorsement. Fitzpatrick v. Perry (1st Dist.) Owners duties under SWA. Thomas v. Hollymatic (1st Dist.) Statute of limitations on product liability case

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Glenn F. Fencl

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2700
ChicagoIL 60603-5404


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