Appellate Practice

Appellate Practice

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP enjoys a well deserved reputation as one of the elite litigation firms in America. The members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group have made, and continue to make, several important contributions to the firm’s great success. First, the very knowledgeable appellate practitioners are available to provide advice and counsel to the firm’s highly skilled trial lawyers. The members of the Appellate Practice Group are indeed “lawyers’ lawyers.” They stand ready to assist trial counsel in developing and defining issues; in preparing case dispositive motions before trial; in preparing motions in limine to limit the presentation of an opponent’s evidence at trial; in preparing motions for directed findings and verdicts; and in preparing post-trial motions. The efforts of the Appellate Practice Group contribute to success in the trial court and to the creation of a record which is readily defensible in the courts of review.

The Appellate Practice Group is available to provide a client with effective appellate representation in state and federal courts of review throughout our country, including the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., if necessary. This appellate representation is available to clients who were represented in trial courts by other firms as well as to those clients represented by our own skilled trial counsel. A case may first come to the firm when it is approaching trial, when it has been decided, or when it is already on appeal. At any point in the case, the Appellate Practice Group stands ready to assist.

The record compiled by the Appellate Practice Group is quite impressive. Focusing its expertise in written and oral argument nationwide, these extremely capable attorneys have written more than 200 appellate briefs, which have been presented throughout the United States and which have resulted more than 50 published opinions.

Clients and prospective clients certainly have every reason to rely upon the high level of professional competence consistently displayed by the Appellate Practice Group of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.



News

Chicago, August 15, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Appellate Court Ruling in Noncompete Case
According the article, "in a ruling that broke new legal ground Monday, a state appeals panel found that connecting with a former colleague on a social media platform is not enough to violate a noncompete agreement."

Chicago, Lisle, January, 5, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Three New Partners
Sullivan practices in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Lisle office, while Lothson and Wahl practice in the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, March 22, 2016
McGovern, Wills Earn Appellate Victory in Legal Malpractice Case
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin included a front-page article on the result.

Chicago, June 26, 2015
Schichtel, Weiler and Schneider Win Opinion in Illinois Appellate Court for Hospital Client
The opinion affirmed a summary judgment for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client and clarifies the scope of agency law in Illinois.

Chicago, June 25, 2013
Weiler Named Director of Appellate Lawyers Association
Weiler was sworn in earlier this month for a two-year term.

Chicago, January 14, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners, Welcomes New Associate
Aiju C. Thevatheril was elected to equity partnership ranks, while Leanne W. Moore was named a non-equity partner.

Chicago, March 22, 2012
Wills Moderates Judges Panel on Civil Litigation Mistakes
Partner Daniel G. Wills will moderate a panel of 10 distinguished judges for the National Business Institute.

Chicago, May 6, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Elects Three New Partners
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the elevation of Richard J. Keating, Jr., Susan E. Sullivan and Catherine Basque Weiler to partner.


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