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Chicago, IL, July 9, 2013

Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently welcomed seven lateral attorneys, including four partners, to the firm’s Chicago office.

Partner David A. Kanter joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, where he was also a partner. He focuses his practice on Toxic Tort Litigation, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, Product Liability, and Class Action Defense. Mr. Kanter received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1984 and his B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1981.

Partner Robert R. McNamara focuses his practice on Product Liability, Toxic Tort Litigation, Asbestos Litigation, Construction Litigation, and Fire and Explosion Litigation. He was formerly a partner at Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Mr. McNamara received his J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in 1987 and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1984.

Partner Ronald L. Wisniewski focuses his practice on Employment Litigation and Counseling, Civil Rights and Governmental Liability, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, Toxic Tort Litigation and Product Liability. He was formerly a sole practitioner at the Wisniewski Law Firm. Mr. Wisniewski received his J.D from Valparaiso University Law School in 1991 and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. 

Partner Jennifer S. Kilpatrick was formerly Of Counsel at Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC in New Orleans, La. Her practice focuses on Toxic Tort Litigation, Product Liability and Class Action Defense. Ms. Kilpatrick received her J.D. in 1999 from Tulane University Law School and her B.A. from Rhodes College in 1996.

In addition to the four partners, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP also welcomes Associates Nathan A. Quaglia, April A. Vesely and Julie D. Miller. Mr. Quaglia was formerly an associate at Foley Mansfeld. He focuses his practice on Toxic Tort Litigation, Environmental, and Asbestos Litigation. Mr. Quaglia received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 2007 and his B.S. from Allegheny College in 1997. 

Ms. Vesely joins the firm from Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP, where she was also an associate. She focuses her practice on Product Liability, Toxic Tort Litigation and Asbestos Litigation. She received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2006 and her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000. 

Ms. Miller was formerly an associate at Complex Litigation Group LLC.  She focuses her practice on Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, as well as Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services.  She received her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2008 and her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in 2005.

“We are pleased that these skilled attorneys have chosen to bring their practices to our firm,” said Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels

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