George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Biography

George Fitzpatrick is a founding partner of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2000-2005, and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee since 2000. George represents national and international corporations in various types of product liability, toxic tort and asbestos litigation matters throughout the United States. He has served as National Coordinating Counsel for numerous corporate clients in recurring tort litigation.

In addition to his tort-related practice, George has tried hundreds of real estate-related cases and various other commercial and business disputes. He has also represented pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors in commercial and tort litigation.

Prior to his legal career, he spent four years as Legislative Assistant and Federal Projects Coordinator for United States Congressman Adam Benjamin, Jr., 1st District of Indiana. George also served on the Executive Board of Trustees of Jane Addams Hull House Association.

Practices

Product Liability
Toxic Tort Litigation
Asbestos Litigation
Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyer since September 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated since 2008

Presentations

  • NCC Panel Participant, DALS Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2015
  • Presenter, “If I Could Do It, So Can You-Tips for Building a Career,” Purdue University “LA Influentials” Series, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2011
  • Presenter, “Asbestos Litigation Update / Trends “Trials and Tribulations,” National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  • Presenter, “Asbestos Litigation Update / Trends: Trials & Tribulations,” HB Litigation’s Asbestos Insurance Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Presenter, Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Claims, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
  • Presenter, “Whose Duty Is It? The Potential Liability of Equipment Manufacturers for Post-Sale Application of Asbestos-Containing Insulation and Other Products Not Supplied or Specified By Equipment Manufacturers,” DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, San Diego, California, 2007

News

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, April 12, 2017
Seminar with WBAI Focuses on Creating Successful Law Firm Business Developers
Prominent in-house counsel and law firm attorneys served as panelists.

Chicago, March 6, 2017
SMB and Women's Bar Association of Illinois Partner Again for Women's Business Development CLE
“How to Get the Business” continues the conversation started at our sold-out 2015 gathering, bringing in more experienced Business Givers and Business Getters for a two-part panel discussion.

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 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 30, 2012
Attorneys, Staff Support Greater Chicago Food Depository in December
Employees gave non-perishable food items and monetary donations totaling $7,760, to benefit the GFCD.

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, February 4, 2011
Fitzpatrick Gives Purdue Students Tips for Building a Career
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. spoke to Purdue University College of Liberal Arts students about his legal career as part of the college’s “LA Influentials” lecture/discussion course.

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, August 4, 2010
Fitzpatrick Presents at 2010 National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. will be a presenter at the National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) in Chicago.

Chicago, April 21, 2010
Fitzpatrick Presents at the 2010 Asbestos Litigation Insurance Coverage Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner George F. Fitzpatrick, Jr. was a presenter at HB Litigation Conferences’ 2010 Asbestos Litigation Insurance Coverage Conference in Philadelphia.

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.

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, 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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