John Hopkins



Alton, IL 62002
(618) 307-4085



Practice Description:

  The son and grandson of ironworkers, Mr. Hopkins was taught the value of hard work at an early age. Working out of Ironworkers Local 392 in East St. Louis, Illinois, he financed his college and law school by working in the trade. The lessons learned on the job site have guided him well through his 31 years of practice, representing the interests of working men and women throughout the Southern Illinois area.    Mr. Hopkins focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home litigation and workers' compensation. He has achieved success before both the Illinois and the United States Supreme Court, and in the year 2000 was voted as the best attorney in the Tri-City (Granite City) area. In 2002, Mr. Hopkins was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Association, an honor reserved for less than 1% of the legal profession.    We have won Major Personal Injury and Class Action Cases. Recently, we reached a settlement of 28 Million dollars in Farmer vs. Jackson National Life.  

Bar Admissions

  Illinois, 1977    Missouri, 1990    U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1992    U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1997    U.S. Supreme Court, 1989  

Education

  University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma    J.D. - 1977    Honors: Moot Court Finalist, 1975    St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri    B.A. - 1973    Major: English  

Published Works

  Nursing Home Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December, 2001  "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night: The Case for Punitive Damages in Nursing Home Litigation", Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 4, Number 2, Summer, 2002    Representative Clients    Severely Injured Persons  

Honors and Awards

  Serviam Award, Marquette Catholic High School, 1994    Civic Award, Alton Branch NAACP, 1996    Civic Award, Alton Branch NAACP, 1999    Alumni Award, University of Tulsa College of Law, 2000    Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation, 1998    Tri-City Lawyer of the Year, 2000    Life Member, NAACP, 1996    Elected fellow, American Bar Association, 2002    Who's Who in American Law of the 13th Edition, 2003 - 2004    Professional Associations and Memberships    Madison County Bar Association, President, 1996 - 1997    Tri-City Bar Association, President, 1985 - 1986    American Association for Justice, Charter Member President's Club, 1999    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Committee, 1992 - Present    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Civil Practice Committee, 1992 - Present    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Elected Board of Managers, 1996 - 2000    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Elected Board of Managers, 2007    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Elected Secretary, 2000 - 2002    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Elected Treasurer, 2001 - 2002    Illinois Bar Association, General Assembly, 1998 - 2000    Illinois Bar Association, Committee on Future of Legal Profession    Illinois Bar Association, Committee on Attorney Financial Responsibility    Illinois Bar Association, Committee on Educating the Public on Judicial Process    Illinois Bar Association, Committee on Judicial Evaluations    Illinois Bar Association, Task Force on Allocation of Judges    Trial Lawyers for Public Justice    Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Campaign for Equal Justice, Madison County Co-Chairman, 2000 - 2002  

Past Employment Positions

  Attorney General, Illinois, Special Assistant, 1985 - 1987    Assistant City Attorney, Granite City, Illinois, 1985 - 1987