Dale G. Wills


Dale Wills is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Dale represents companies in various types of product liability matters in Chicago and throughout the United States. Dale’s product liability experience includes representation of manufacturers and sellers of the following products: firearms and ammunition, automobiles, punch presses, printer/slotters, grinding wheels, kitchen appliances, lift trucks, trap machines, air compressors, military transports, conveyor systems, tear gas canisters, glass and ceramic containers, and gas control valves. Dale also represents manufacturing concerns in product liability and warranty class actions. Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in 2002, Dale was a partner at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago. Dale provides exceptional legal representation for his clients by employing efficient, cost-effective strategies resulting in favorable business resolutions.


Product Liability
Class Action Defense
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
General Trial Practice
Mediation Practice

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Product Liability Advisory Council


  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2016
    • Selected for inclusion, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2011-2016


  • “A Waiver of the Work Product Immunity,” No. 3, University of Illinois Law Review (1981)


Chicago, June 1, 2018
Rogers Appointed Illinois Representative for ABOTA National Board
ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution.

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, August 23, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

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, June 1, 2016
Kocour Elected to Membership in American Board of Trial Advocates
Kocour joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

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, October 20, 2015
American College of Trial Lawyers Inducts Wills, 10th Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney
Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship and membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state.

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, February 26, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Employees Volunteer at Greater Chicago Food Depository
Volunteers repacked 1,200 bags of pasta for distribution to area food pantries and shelters.

Chicago, October 17, 2014
Wills Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates
Wills joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

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, August 15, 2013
Wills, Martin Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List
Wills named in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and Martin was named in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

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