John Kohnke Joins Hawkins Parnell & Young in Chicago

June 12, 2019 – Press Release

June 12, 2019 (Chicago, IL) – Hawkins Parnell & Young is pleased to announce John J. Kohnke has joined HPY’s Chicago office. His arrival brings the firm’s number of Illinois-attorneys to 17.

As a trial lawyer for more than 35 years, Kohnke brings extensive experience representing government entities and corporations from the manufacturing, construction, and transportation sectors. He has litigated a range of matters from employment and contract disputes to product liability, environmental, and high-risk catastrophic accidents.

“John is an outstanding lawyer that represents his clients masterfully,” said Catherine Goldhaber, partner-in-charge of the Chicago office. “I was fortunate to be partners with him at our previous firm and am even more delighted he has also decided to join Hawkins Parnell & Young. HPY Chicago has served over 50 clients, including companies, individuals and insurers, since opening in 2017. With the addition of John, we can further broaden the scope of our representations. We look forward to continued growth.”

“I could not resist the offer to join such a forward-thinking firm with a team of stellar lawyers nationwide,” added Kohnke. “I was inspired by the strategic vision and seeing the success Catherine’s team has enjoyed since starting the Chicago office just over two years ago.”

Prior to joining HPY, Kohnke was a shareholder at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney. He chaired their Hiring Committee, was a member of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and Technology Committee, and was responsible for an asbestos docket in Illinois.

Kohnke received his law and undergraduate degrees from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

About Hawkins Parnell & Young

Hawkins Parnell & Young is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states.