Anita S. Johnson


Chicago Office

111 West Monroe Street, Suite 700

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Telephone: (312) 566-0040

Facsimile: (312) 566-0041


Anita S. Johnson is an associate in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Since commencing private practice in 1976, she has practiced in many areas of civil litigation. She was founding partner of a Chicago law firm and for 18 years practiced in the areas of labor and employment, workers' compensation, personal injury tort defense and defense of employer/management in third party tort litigation. Her practice focuses in these areas and includes all areas of civil litigation involving employment litigation, workers' compensation defense, and third party litigation. Ms. Johnson advises employers in analysis of issues involving insurance coverage, independent contractor status, indemnity agreements and construction and transportation concerns as well as claims handling, audits, and risk analysis.

Prior to joining QPWB, Ms. Johnson was a partner with a premier litigation defense law firm where she practiced in Chicago in all her current areas of practice. Previously, she was a partner and chair of the Workers' Compensation Practice Group at a Chicago top-tier litigation, business and employment law firm where she worked for 17 years.

Ms. Johnson received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 1976 and Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Northwestern University in 1973.

Ms. Johnson is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She is a member of the Federal Bar and Illinois State Bar since 1976. Ms. Johnson is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, she is also a member of the Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association.

She serves her community as a member of the Catholic Charities of Chicago and Lake Counties.

Publications and Presentations

  • Chapter Author, "Workers' Compensation Compliance and Preparedness Audit," Conducting Employment Practices Audit Publication, IICLE, 2014.
  • Presenter, "Workplace Violence and Workers' Compensation Implications," 7th Annual Workers' Compensation Conference for Illinois Employers, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Lisle, IL, September 24, 2014.
  • Presenter, "The Pitfalls of Doing Business Under Competing Laws in IL (from hiring, through claim investigation and conclusion)," Diamond Mark Educational Meetings, LLC, Chicago, IL, February 28, 2014.
  • Contributor, "Medical Marijuana Law to Have Little Impact for Many Employers," Workers Comp Central, August 7, 2013.
  • Contributing Author, Illinois Employment Law Handbook, 3rd Edition, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, June 2013.
  • Presenter, "Workers' Compensation Law is Still Bad: Now What?" Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar, April 25, 2012.
  • Guest speaker, "MBA Program," Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, April 17, 2012.
  • Co-presenter, "A Deep Dive Into the World of Workers' Compensation," Assurance University, Rolling Meadows, IL, June 30, 2011, September 28, 2011.
  • Presenter, "Workers' Compensation: A Helping Hand or a Free Ride?" The Ohio Department of Mental Health & NEOUCOM in association with the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law Midwest Chapter, Cleveland, OH, March 25, 2011.
  • Panelist, "Workers' Compensation Solutions: A Panel of Experts Discuss the Issues," Dreyer Occupational Health Services' Seminar, Aurora, IL, May 12, 2010.
  • Presenter, "The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act: A Refresher OSHA 2010: Know What to Expect This Year," Dreyer Occupational Health Services' Seminar, Aurora, IL, January 20, 2010.
  • Co-presenter, "Taking Control over Worker's Compensation Claims: Combat Fraud & Fight Claims," Valley Industrial Association, Aurora, IL, October 28, 2009.
  • Speaker, "Illinois Workers' Compensation," Assurance Educational Seminar, 2004.
  • Speaker, "Workers' Compensation v. General Liability," State Farm Casualty Conference, 2003.
  • Speaker, "Exposure v. Repetitive Trauma," Casualty Adjusters Association of Chicago, 2001.
  • Panelist, "True Role of Rehabilitation in the Light of New Expense Cutting Efforts of Insurance Companies and TPA's," Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago, 1998.
  • Speaker, "Workers' Compensation," client seminar, 1996.
  • Speaker, "The Workers' Compensation Dilemma," Scientific Meeting of the Midwest Pain Society, 1995.

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Construction Claims
  • General Litigation
  • Insurance and Insurers
  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation Defense


DePaul University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (1976)

Northwestern University, B.A., cum laude (1973)

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