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Joy N. Johns

Associate | jjohns@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Joy Johns focuses her practice on toxic tort and premises liability defense. In the toxic tort arena, Ms. Johns serves on the National Coordinating Counsel team for an international company and frequently defends a number of industrial product manufacturers and Fortune 500 premises owners at depositions throughout the country. She has taken numerous cases to trial as a 1st chair and 2nd chair in both State and Federal court.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, she worked as an Assistant State's Attorney at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. She gained invaluable experience trying misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from drug and gun charges to violent crimes.  Earlier on her career, she had the benefit of working there as a law clerk with the Gangs Prosecution Unit.  Ms. Johns tried several class X felony cases with her Illinois Supreme Court Rule 7-11 license under supervision. She also served as a summer extern for Judge Sharon Johnson-Coleman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2012.

Ms. Johns earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she earned Dean's List honors for six semesters between 2012 and 2014, and she participated in the National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history with a minor in international studies from the University of Michigan. 

Community service is also important to Ms. Johns.  She currently serves as co-vice president of advocacy for the Junior League of Chicago and is a member of the Chicago chapter of the NAACP. 

Honors

  • Exceptional Law Clerk C.F. Stradford Award (State’s Attorney’s Office)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Co-Vice President of Advocacy Council, Junior League of Chicago
  • NAACP, Chicago chapter member

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., Dean's List (2014)

University of Michigan, B.A. in political science and history, minor in international studies, Merit Scholar (2011)

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2016