Daniel G. Wills

Biography

Daniel G. Wills is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on insurance coverage litigation, transportation law, and appeals. Dan has litigated nearly 100 appeals, representing the insurers in Kunkle v. Walton, the first test case of Illinois’ tort reform legislation, and the plaintiff in Home Ins. Co. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., a seminal insurance coverage case, both before the Illinois Supreme Court. Dan has been an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School since 2009, and has been a guest lecturer for the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, National Business Institute, Casualty Adjusters of Illinois and the National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues.

Practices

Insurance
Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation
Appellate Practice

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009-2018

Presentations

  • "As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation,” National Business Institute, 2013, 2014
  • "Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims,” National Business Institute, 2010
  • “A Summary of Stop-Gap Coverage Issues in Environmental Insurance Litigation,” The National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues, 2009
  • “Sophisticated Techniques for Writing the Appellate Brief,” National Business Institute, 2009
  • “Ethics and the Legal Profession,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2008
  • “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • “Insurance Coverage Update,” IDC Spring Seminar, 2008
  • “Understanding Current Coverage Trends,” National Business Institute, 2007
  • “Insurance Coverage for Defense Lawyers,” IDC Quarterly, Monograph, 2006, 2012
  • “Defense Update,” IDC Newsletter, 2006
  • “Insurance Law Update,” IDC Fall Seminar, 2005
  • “Challenges in Illinois Insurance Coverage Litigation,” National Business Institute, 2004
  • “Insurance Coverage Law in Illinois,” National Business Institute, 2003
  • “What’s Covered and What’s Not: An Insurance Law Update,” Illinois State Bar Association, 2000
  • “Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Illinois,” National Business Institute, 1999

News

Chicago, September 13, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Features Article on Dan Wills
The article highlights Wills' talent for writing, his teaching skills as an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy, as well as his love for his daughter.

Chicago, September 12, 2018
Daniel G. Wills, 1959 – 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces with much sadness the death of equity partner Daniel G. Wills. Wills, a partner in the firm's Chicago office, passed away suddenly last week at the age of 59.

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, March 20, 2017
Law Bulletin Article Highlights Insurance Coverage Case

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.

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, 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, 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, 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, May 8, 2013
Wills Moderates Civil Court Judges Program
Wills will moderate panelists of five civil court judges in the morning and afternoon sessions of the daylong program.

Chicago, March 06, 2013
Wills, Bolinger Present at CBA Insurance Law Seminar
The seminar focused on "Insurer-Insured Conflicts of Interests and the Tripartite Relationship."

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, 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, 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, June 25, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney Blog Nominated to Top 50 Insurance Blogs List
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Daniel Wills has been nominated for membership to LexisNexis’ Insurance Law Community's Top 50 Insurance Blogs for 2009.

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, 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.

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