William K. McVisk: Lawyer with Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

William K. McVisk

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone(312) 984-0229

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Practice Areas

  • Health Care
  • Insurance
University University of Illinois, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977
Admitted1977, Illinois; 1999, Indiana; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Tenth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Defense Research Institute
American Board of Medical Specialties, general counsel
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, board of directors, former chairman of its Insurance Law Committee
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, past president
Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society

BornChicago, Illinois, October 8, 1953

William K. McVisk concentrates his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation, and hospital law and medical liability. Mr. McVisk has handled all areas of coverage and bad faith litigation, especially third-party bad faith and coverage litigation involving commercial general liability, hospital professional liability and physicians professional liability coverages.

Holder of an honorary AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. McVisk has written several articles on insurance coverage, including a quarterly column he penned for the IDC Quarterly for several years.

He holds positions at many associations, including general counsel at the American Board of Medical Specialties, and on the board of directors at the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, as well as former chairman of its Insurance Law Committee. He is also past president of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and belongs to the Defense Research Institute and the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, among other associations.


AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Illinois Super Lawyers 2004-2014 in Insurance Coverage

Presentations and Publications

Published Articles

Author, Illinois Supreme Court Rules That TCPA Damages are Insurable, Johnson & Bell Insurance Newsletter, Summer 2013.

Co-author, Risk Shifting in Construction : The Use of Indemnity Agreements and Insurance Coverage to Allocate Risk Among the Parties to Construction Contracts, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 1.

Author, The Attorney Client and Work Product Privileges in Insurance Litigation, DRI In House Defense Quarterly (Third Quarter 2007).

Coauthor, The IDC Monograph: Insurance Coverage for Defense Counsel: A Primer,IDC Quarterly (First Quarter 2006)

Author, The IDC Monograph: Insurance Law: Defining the Contours of the Duty to Defend,IDC Quarterly (First Quarter, 2002).

Author, The IDC Monograph: Allocating Loss Between Self-Insurance and Insurance,IDC Quarterly (First Quarter 1999).

Additional Insureds and Targeted Tenders an Anaylysis of Illinois Law

Illinois Supreme Court Holds that Duty to Defend Is Triggered by Insured's Allegations in Counterclaim & Affirmative Defense , Johnson & Bell Insurance Coverage Newsletter, Spring 2010


Protecting Your Organization from Data Breaches -- the Legal Perspective, Life Services Network Annual Meeting, May 2, 2014.

PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference, Third-Party Insurance Disputes, Indianapolis, IN, March 16-19, 2014.

Adventures in Shifting Risk - Illinois & Indiana Perspectives, Johnson & Bell Insurance Seminar, September 12, 2013.

Legal Risks Presented by Behavioral Health Patients and Strategies to Reduce Those Risks, Clarity Group, Chicago, Illinois, June 18, 2009.

PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference, Extrinsic Evidence and the Duty to Defend, Seattle, Washington, March 23-25, 2009.

Top Ten Ways to Pay More Than You Should For A Claim In Illinois, Markel Insurance Company and Colony Insurance Company, Richmond, Virginia, September 3-5, 2008.

PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference, Wrongful Death - Claims Handling and Defense, Boston, Massachusetts, April 13-16, 2008.

PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference, Risk Shifting in Construction : Third Party Actions for Contribution & Additional Insured Coverage to Allocate Risk Among the Parties to Construction Projects,Orlando, Florida, March 17-18, 2007.

PLRB/LIRB Northeast Regional Conference, New Developments in Case Law Constructing the Commercial General Liability Policy, Schaumberg, Illinois, September 6-7, 2006.

ISBA Medical Malpractice Section Council, Physician, Insurer and Legal Counsel Relationship, Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 2006.

NAMIC Claims Conference, Targeted Tenders and Additional Insureds,Savannah, Georgia, January 26, 2006.


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William K. McVisk

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2700
ChicagoIL 60603-5404


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