Brett M. Henne

Biography

Brett Henne started his career in 1989 with the Grayslake Fire Protection District, working his way up to the position of Fire Marshal, Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and as a licensed paramedic. From there he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Lake County State’s Attorneys Office. His experience includes trials of civil and criminal matters before juries, judges and arbitrators, both as a private attorney and as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He has tried over 60 cases to verdict, from property related crimes to murder to medical malpractice. His immense experience in the medical field, fire and explosion investigation and construction field coupled with his vast trial experience allows Brett to efficiently and zealously represent his clients’ interests throughout all phases of litigation. At Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Brett serves as vice chair of the Fire and Explosion Practice Group.

Practices

General Trial Practice
Fire and Explosion Litigation
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Insurance
Construction
Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services
Family Law

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Adjunct Instructor, Fire Administration and the Law, College of Lake County, Lake County, Illinois, 2001-present
  • Teen Court Judge, Lake County, Illinois, 2009-present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Arson Investigators–Illinois Chapter
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Fire Investigation from a Legal Perspective,” Illinois Fire Service Institute, May 2016
  • Speaker, “Fire Investigation in Today’s Environment,” IAAI Illinois Chapter, Rockford, Illinois, October 2015 
  • Presenter, "The Independent Private Investigation and Complex Litigation," Fire Investigators Strike Force, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, May 2015 
  • “Arson for Prosecutors,” National Advocacy Center for the National District Attorneys Association, Columbia, South Carolina, October 2010

News

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, Libertyville, May 18, 2015
Henne, Firm Attorneys Speak at Fire Investigators Strike Force Presentation
Five Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys spoke on "The Independent Private Investigation and Complex Litigation,"

Libertyville, February 7, 2014
Libertyville Office Volunteers with Feed My Starving Children
Participants packed 21 boxes of food that was then shipped to malnourished children in the Philippines.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.

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