John J. Hopkins

John J. Hopkins

Alton, Illinois

Practice Description:

John J Hopkins is the Senior member of The Gori Law Firm, with over 40 years’ experience in the Courts of the greater St Louis area.  He has been honored by his peers as an LEADING LAWYER in the fields of Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Litigation, a designation reserved for less than 5 % of attorneys.

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 more than 40 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, and nursing home litigation. 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, John J. Hopkins 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


  • 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

  • Over 150 published columns in local newspapers
  • 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

  • Injured parties and their families

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
  • Top Fifty, Leading Consumer Lawyers in Downstate Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, 2011
  • Leading and Emerging Metro East Area Lawyers, Alton Telegraph 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Madison County Bar Association, President, 1996 - 1997
  • Alton/Wood River Bar Association President, 2011
  • 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
  • Re-appointed by the Illinois S Ct. to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee

Past Employment Positions

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Great Rivers Tourism Bureau, 2010 to present, Chairman 2018-2021
  • Riverbend Headstart. Board member, 2009 to present
  • Alton Children's Home, Board Member 2004-2009
  • ELL, Adult Constitutional Law Program, Moderator 2009 to present