Francis R. Petrek, Jr.

Biography

Frank Petrek won his first jury trial in September 1978 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Law Division. He has represented physicians, healthcare providers, and major corporations in civil litigation matters for over thirty years.

In addition to his local practice in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, he has served as national counsel and coordinating counsel to clients in toxic tort and product liability litigation throughout the United States. He has tried jury cases from New York to California; and continues his active trial practice on behalf of his clients nationwide.

Practices

Asbestos Litigation
General Trial Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Toxic Tort Litigation
Product Liability

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
    President, Illinois Chapter, 2003 and 2004
    National Board of Directors, 2005
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Law Division of Circuit Court of Cook County, MMS Act Committee, 2008-2009

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2006-2014, 2016-2017 in civil litigation defense
  • Selected for inclusion in the "Top 100" listing in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2007
  • Selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network

Publications

  • "The Art of Retrial," Voir Dire, vol. 12, iss 3-4,6-11, Fall/Winter 2005
  • "A Defendant in a Medical Malpractice Suit: An Integral Part of the Defense Team," Pediatric Radiology, 28:905-912, 1998
  • "Daubert Has Not Altered the Role of Illinois Trial Judges as Gatekeeper of Competent Evidence," Illinois Association of Defense Counsel Conference, Galena, Illinois, 1994
  • "Defending Hospital Worker Ethylene Oxide Litigation," DRI's For The Defense, June 1992
  • "Managing Toxic Tort Litigation," DRI's For The Defense, July 1990. Reprinted DYB Liability Risk Insurance Journal, February 1991
  • "The Role of the Epidemiologist in Toxic Tort Litigation," National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1988

Presentations

  • “Medical and Legal Ethics," Illinois Medical Society, Oak Brook and Northbrook, Illinois 2010
  • "Civil Practice Trial Tactics," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois 2009
  • "Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois 2004
  • "Direct Examination of the Defendant," American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial, Nashville, Tennessee 2003

News

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, August 29, 2013
Rogers Named Fellow of International Society of Barristers
The ISOB brings together the best of the trial bar without partisan interests.

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, 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, Libertyville, October 29, 2010
American College of Trial Lawyers Admits Ninth Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Robert M. Collins has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

Chicago, April 13, 2010
Petrek Inducted into International Society of Barristers
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was formally inducted as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers on April 13 during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Chicago, April 9, 2010
Petrek Lectures on Medical Ethics at Illinois Medical Society Seminar
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was an invited lecturer to the Illinois State Medical Society at its April 9th conference in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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, August 19, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes New Partners, Francis R. Petrek, Jr. and William J. Rogers
Petrek and Rogers will focus their practices on Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Medical Negligence and Healthcare.

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