Asbestos Litigation

Asbestos Litigation

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is a nationally recognized trial firm, with decades of experience in representing clients in asbestos litigation. Attorneys with the firm have successfully tried asbestos cases to verdict in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including in some of the most challenging forums for asbestos defendants, such as California, Illinois, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP serves in the role of national coordinating counsel, national or regional trial counsel, discovery counsel and national expertise counsel. The firm also serves as local counsel in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin for many clients. Many Fortune 500 companies look to Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s asbestos expertise, to manage and control the particularly catastrophic risks of asbestos litigation.

The firm maintains an extensive library of materials developed and collected in the course of more than twenty years of asbestos litigation, including expert deposition and trial testimony, medical and scientific articles, regulatory information, briefs and motions on key asbestos issues. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys frequently lecture at national conferences and author articles on asbestos defense strategy and litigation management.

Firm attorneys have performed a variety of functions for their clients to help them manage and defend their asbestos litigation, including:
 
  • Preparation and coordination of discovery responses and document production
  • Location, selection and training of local counsel
  • Development, preparation and presentation of all corporate witnesses at deposition and trial
  • Development and presentation of defense experts at deposition and trial
  • Research, preparation for and cross-examination of plaintiffs’ local and national experts at deposition and trial
  • Coordination of product testing or survey of premises
  • Lead trial counsel in cases throughout the United States
  • Evaluation of litigation exposure
Firm attorneys have developed an extensive network of contacts with other asbestos defense attorneys throughout the country which allows firm attorneys to be kept constantly abreast of all new developments in the litigation. Also, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers enjoy long-time professional relationships with many of the most prominent expert witnesses in asbestos litigation. Many firms, without the same experience and commitment to the litigation, are unable to obtain the service of key local counsel and expert consultants.

Firm attorneys have defended cases involving a wide variety of products, including: gaskets, packing, pumps, valves, brakes, clutches, cranes, fire trucks, tractors, industrial equipment and machinery, automobiles, aircraft, flooring, roofing, siding, joint compounds and plasters, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, large appliances, small appliances, wire and cable, electronics and consumer products.

In addition, firm attorneys have represented a number of premises defendants including owners of power plants, refineries and a variety of manufacturing facilities. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP successfully defended the first case to go to trial against a premises owner in Cook County, Illinois in 2004.


News

Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, June 6, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Grows St. Louis, Madison County Offices With Lateral Additions
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to add more strength and expertise in the firm’s Toxic Tort Litigation, Asbestos Litigation and Product Liability.

Chicago, April 28. 2017
Law360 Highlights ABA Panel on Millennial Jurors
Drumke, Kilpatrick discussed strategies for making a successful case with millennial jurors,

Chicago, April 17, 2017
Drumke, Kilpatrick Talk Communication with Millennial Jurors at ABA TIPS Conference
The interactive panel will help trial lawyers frame their arguments with millennial jurors in mind.

Chicago, Madison County, March 9, 2017
Ferguson Addresses Mass Toxic Tort Case Investigations in IDC Presentation
Ferguson's presentation is part of a day-long beginner's guide to mass toxic tort litigation seminar.

Chicago, February 7, 2017
O'Sullivan Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Attorneys List
O'Sullivan was one of 319 attorneys to be named by clients for superior client service.

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, St. Louis, Madison County, January, 4, 2017
Report Names Illinois, Missouri Courts as “Judicial Hellholes”
The report said courts in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation.

Chicago, St. Louis, December 9, 2016
Lateral Associate, Four New Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four practice in the firm's Chicago office; one practices in the firm's St. Louis office.


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Chicago, August 15, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers List
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP also received the firm a Tier 1 ranking in the area of "Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants" in 2016.

Chicago, July 27, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Four Lateral Attorneys
The four women range in practices from Medical Negligence and Healthcare or Toxic Tort Litigation.

Chicago, May 17, 2016
Drumke, Kilpatrick Discuss How to Communicate with Millennial Jurors
They addressed challenges to consider when communicating with millennial jurors and what litigators should consider when preparing their trial strategy.

Chicago, January 12, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Clyder and Haddox practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office, while Henne practices in the firm’s Libertyville office.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, August 24, 2015
Law Bulletin Photos Highlight Drumke, TIPS' Awards Reception
Photos feature Michael W. Drumke presenting an award to Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

Chicago, August 17, 2015
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Partner Dale Wills was also named the Product Liability Attorney of the Year.

Chicago, Madison County, July 30, 2015
Associate General Counsel, Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

Chicago, July 23, 2015
Drumke Caps TIPS Chairmanship With ABA Annual Conference, Awards Ceremonies
With over 25,000 members and 32 general committees, TIPS is one of the ABA’s largest sections.

Chicago, June 2, 2015
Wahl Elected to IDC Board of Directors
Wahl and fellow newly elected directors will be recognized at the IDC's Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Chicago, May 18. 2015
ABA TIPS Chair Drumke Offers "View From the Chair"
Drumke writes about the return he has received on his involvement with TIPS for the past 20 years.

Chicago, May 4, 2015
ABA Introduces Section Officers Conference Chair-Elect Drumke in Publication
Elected the 2015-2017 Chair of the Section Officers Conference, Drumke will commence his two-year term at the close of the 2015 ABA Annual Meeting.

Chicago, February 26, 2015
Drumke Named Chair-Elect of ABA Section Officers Conference
The Section Officers Conference is the organizing body for all ABA Sections, Divisions and Forums and works to advance the interests of those entities within the ABA.

Chicago, February 20, 2015
Drumke Shares "View from The Chair" in ABA Publication
Drumke, Chair of the ABA's TIPS Section, writes about fair funding for the courts.

Chicago, February 18, 2015
Legal Talk Network Interviews Drumke at ABA Midyear Meeting
Drumke discusses his role as chair, TIPS' involvement with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, and the opportunities TIPS offers its members.

Chicago, January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.

Chicago, October 24, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Indiana Practice, New Attorneys Highlighted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article
With an increasing workload in the Hoosier State, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP has added a lateral partner and four lateral associates over the past five months.

Chicago, October 20, 2014
Drumke Offers "View From The Chair" in ABA Publication
Drumke announces the the inaugural TIPS section conference in his first letter as TIPS Chair.

Chicago, October 9, 2014
Drumke Tells TortSource About "When I Was a Young Lawyer"
Drumke answers questions about his career and offers advice for new lawyers in the Summer 2014 issue of TortSource.

Chicago, September 24, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Merger with Kernell Law Firm
Swanson, Martin & Bell now has nearly 120 attorneys in five offices, including offices in Chicago, Lisle and Libertyville.

Chicago, September 23, 2014
Kernell Law Firm Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, SMB Opens St. Louis and Madison County Offices
“We believe our new St. Louis and Madison County offices will provide the same excellent service that clients have come to expect from Tom Kernell and his team,” said Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels.

Chicago, August 21, 2014
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Drumke, Martin and Wills were named to Best Lawyers in various practice areas.

Chicago, June 17, 2014
Wahl Receives Rising Star Award at IDC Awards Reception
Wahl also received the Meritorious Award and the President's Commendation.

Chicago, June 4, 2014
Lateral Associates, New Grad Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes three associates, including one who was recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Chicago, October 30, 2013
Drumke Speaks at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar
Drumke will address "Defending the Rest—Basics on Lung Cancer, Other Cancers, and Asbestosis: Review of the B-Read and Pulmonary Function Testing."

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, April 03, 2013
Drumke Presents at Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation
Drumke's presentation will address numerous points related to both bankruptcy trusts and disclosures/discovery.

Chicago, January 2, 2013
Drumke Speaks at ACI Asbestos Claims and Litigation Forum
Drumke's presentation will address numerous points related to both bankruptcy trusts and disclosures/discovery.

Chicago, November 26, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three New Associates
All three associates were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, October 9, 2012
Byrne Addresses Premises Liability at Asbestos Litigation Conference
The conference covers emerging issues for the most active jurisdictions in 2012.

Chicago, Lisle, August 22, 2012
Two Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago, Lisle Offices
Erica S. Longfield joins the Chicago office, while Kevin L. Sterk practices in the Lisle office.

Chicago, August 6, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Drumke Elected Vice Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Drumke's term commences a three-year leadership track as an ABA Section Officer.

Chicago, March 20, 2012
Product Liability Law360 Profiles Drumke
The publication highlighted new Partner Michael W. Drumke's experience in toxic tort and product liability litigation.

Chicago, March 19, 2012
Toxic Tort Team, Former Patent Examiner Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to its Chicago office.

Chicago, January 23, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
The firm's new partners focus on a variety of practice areas.

Chicago, January 10, 2012
Lateral Attorney, New Law School Graduates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes three new law school graduates and one lateral attorney to the Chicago office.

Chicago, March 14, 2011
Byrne Serves on Panel at Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference
Peggy Byrne, a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, will be a panelist at the 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference held April 7-8 in Chicago.

Chicago, February 4, 2011
Fitzpatrick Gives Purdue Students Tips for Building a Career
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. spoke to Purdue University College of Liberal Arts students about his legal career as part of the college’s “LA Influentials” lecture/discussion course.

Chicago, August 4, 2010
Fitzpatrick Presents at 2010 National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. will be a presenter at the National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) in Chicago.

Chicago, April 21, 2010
Fitzpatrick Presents at the 2010 Asbestos Litigation Insurance Coverage Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. was a presenter at HB Litigation Conferences’ 2010 Asbestos Litigation Insurance Coverage Conference in Philadelphia.

Chicago, November 19, 2008
Byrne Successfully Defends Living Mesothelioma Asbestos Case in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Peggy Byrne of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Matt O’Connell and Doug Simek of Sutter, O’Connell & Farchione in Cleveland recently represented Chrysler LLC in the successful defense of a living mesothelioma asbestos case in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.


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