Brian W. Bell

Biography

Brian W. Bell is a founding partner of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, a firm formed by nine partners who left a large Chicago law firm to better serve the needs of their clients. Over the last 23 years, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has become a dynamic litigation powerhouse employing more than 100 lawyers.

Brian has a broad range of trial experience. He spent his early years trying small personal injury cases, which provided an excellent foundation for his skills as a trial lawyer in some of the largest and most complex cases tried to verdict in the Midwest. He has tried cases in many states throughout the country and is licensed and actively practices in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. 

Brian has tried to verdict diverse cases involving personal injury, product liability, toxic tort, contracts, guarantees, fiduciary duties and professional liability involving lawyers, accountants and other professionals. A case he tried in the St. Louis City Circuit Court was awarded the Top Verdict for the State of Missouri in 2008.

As his experience and reputation as a trial lawyer developed, Brian also became actively involved in business. He was a founding investor in a de novo community bank, which was later successfully sold to a large bank holding company. He formerly served as a director of another community bank, also serving on that institution’s audit committee. Brian also has served for many years as a hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, the regulatory body that is responsible for the discipline of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Product Liability
Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services
Fire and Explosion Litigation
Professional Liability

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Product Liability Advisory Council

Awards

  • Awarded Top Defense Verdict in 2008 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for product liability defense in St. Louis City Circuit Court
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in civil litigation defense
  • Named to Top Lawyers in Illinois
  • Named to the Leading Lawyers Network list

News

Chicago, May 28, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Summary Judgment Ruling in Alleged BIPA Violation
The article focused on the recent summary judgment that Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP clients were awarded in a proposed class-action regarding the alleged violation of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Chicago, May 21, 2018
Employees Lose Bid for Statutory Damages for Alleged BIPA Violation Without Proof of "Injury or Adverse Effect"
Attorneys from Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Verticchio & Verticchio Law Office were awarded summary judgment on behalf of their clients in a proposed class-action regarding the alleged violation of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Chicago, Libertyville, Madison County, January 26, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 35 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 20 Super Lawyers and 14 Rising Stars among its attorneys.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 23, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2018
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, Indiana, October 30, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights New Indiana Office, 25th Anniversary
The article quotes partners Brian W. Bell and Timothy G. Nickels, and speaks of the firm's long history in Indiana.

Chicago, January 16, 2017
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 38 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

July 1, 2016
Bell, Weiler and Sphar Win Opinion in Employment Discrimination Case
The opinion affirmed a jury verdict for their client, a medical corporation, in an employment discrimination case.

Chicago, May 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers List
Thirty-six Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys were named Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, June 3, 2015
2Civility Highlights Givers and Getters Panel with WBAI
'“Women tend to be natural relationship-builders in their personal lives. The trick is how to translate those relationships to business opportunities.”'

Chicago, May 4, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Host Women’s Business Development Seminar
Prominent in-house counsel and law firm attorneys served as panelists.

Chicago, March 31, 2015
WBAI, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Pair Up on Women's Business Development CLE Presentation
Today women law school graduates outnumber men – but how do they become rainmakers? Join us for an informative, two-part panel discussion with experienced Business Givers and Business Getters.

Chicago, February 4, 2015
Bell, Monaco Defeat Plaintiff’s Federal False Claims Act Complaint
The lawsuit alleged that the manufacturer violated the federal False Claims Act in relation to warranties provided to the government.

Chicago, January 29, 2015
Bell, McCaskey Recognized in "Unique Verdicts of 2014" Publication
The case was tried in Cook County, Ill. in March 2014.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, March 31, 2014
Bell, McCaskey Win Not Guilty Verdict in Cook County
The trial resulted in a defense verdict for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client, an industrial lift manufacturer.

February 11, 2014
Bell, Monaco Win Not Guilty Verdict for Automaker
The trial ran for two weeks in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, December 12, 2013
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Entertainment and Media Law Practice
The article quotes Partner Brian W. Bell and Practice Group Chair Jeffrey S. Becker.

Chicago, September 11, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Not Guilty Verdict in ADA Case
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represented the client at both the administrative level before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and through to verdict.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, October 1, 2011
Chicago Lawyer Quotes Bell on Confidentiality in Settlements
Bell, who primarily represents major manufacturers of automotive and industrial equipment in product liability cases, said the majority of significant settlements become confidential.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 19, 2011
Thirty Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to announce that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, April 9, 2010
Twenty-Five Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 17 of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, March 6, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Awarded #1 Top Defense Verdict in 2008 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partners Brian W. Bell and Anthony J. Monaco were recently awarded #1 Top Defense Verdict in 2008 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Chicago, Lisle, January 26, 2009
Sixteen Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to announce that eleven of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 1, 2009
Twenty-One Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to the 2009 Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 21 of its partners have been named to the 2009 Leading Lawyers Network, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Chicago, November 6, 2008
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Successfully Defend Product Liability Case in the Southern District of Illinois
Brian Bell and Jody Kahn of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Ryan McQueeney of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP in Chicago recently represented Chrysler LLC in the successful defense of a product liability case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Chicago, Lisle, February 11, 2008
Fifteen Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2008 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 11 of its partners have been named to the 2008 Leading Lawyers Network, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 1, 2008
Twenty-One Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to the 2008 Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 21 of its partners have been named to the 2008 Leading Lawyers Network, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

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