Joseph P. Switzer

Biography

Joseph P. Switzer is a founding partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Joe has spent his entire career defending personal injury claims with an emphasis on medical malpractice and product liability. As primary trial counsel he has tried numerous complex jury cases to verdict, and procured not guilty verdicts in many of these cases.  In one case, the co-defendant hospital was found liable for $18.6 million while Joe’s client, the attending obstetrician who delivered the child, was found not guilty. Joe has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 

Joe has represented numerous physicians, hospitals, and clinics in professional negligence cases as well as large corporations in product and general liability matters. He also represents numerous major insurance clients, as well as many self-insured national and international corporations. 

Joe has represented product liability defendants, both in discovery and at trial, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, throughout the State of Illinois, and in a number of other venues across the country. He currently serves as national counsel to an Illinois manufacturer of hydraulic and mechanical lifting equipment.

Practices

General Trial Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Product Liability

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2007-2017 in personal injury defense and medical malpractice defense
  • Selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers
  • Listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Illinois, Chicago Magazine

Publications

  • Co-Author, Wilson v. Clark and Its Progeny: the Application of Federal Rules 703 and 705 in Illinois, Chi. Bar Rec., v.67, No.1 (1985) (cited in an Illinois Supreme Court dissenting opinion)

Presentations

  • Invited speaker on continuing legal education topics, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education

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 30, 2016
Switzer, Albright Obtain Defense Verdict in Medical Negligence Case
The plaintiffs requested the jury return a verdict in excess of $15 million.

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, 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, November 25, 2014
'12 Day Defensive Hot Streak' Highlighted in Law Bulletin Article
The article highlighted four defense verdicts Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys received on behalf of clients.

Chicago, November 19, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Obtains Four Not Guilty Verdicts in 11 Days
In a span of 11 days, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys obtained four not guilty verdicts at trial on behalf of clients.

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, 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 19, 2012
Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter Magazine Features Swanson, SMB Attorneys
Swanson was recognized in the magazine for receiving one of the first Trial Lawyer Excellence Awards for Lifetime Achievement.

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, 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, 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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