James B. Vogts

Biography

James Vogts’ practice spans a variety of industries, including the chemical, large industrial machinery, and firearms industries, and he has earned a reputation for trying and winning cases in federal and state courts across the country. Jim has spent more than three decades counseling and defending businesses in product liability, commercial fraud, trademark infringement, and unfair trade practices cases. He has defended cases in nearly all of the 50 states and has personally tried cases to verdicts in Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. He has substantial experience coordinating and managing the defense of product manufacturers in reoccurring litigation.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Product Liability
Class Action Defense

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2012-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated (highest rating)

Recent Reported Decisions

  • Garrison v. Sturm, Ruger & Co., 2018 WL 2933956 (N.D. Ala.)
  • Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms, 139 F. Supp. 3d 560 (D. Conn. 2016)
  • Friedman v. Highland Park, 784 F.3d 406 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • Phillips v. Lucky Gunner, LLC 84 F. Supp. 3d 1012 (D. Colo 2015)
  • Vesely v. Armlist LLC, 762 F.3d 661 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • Ron Peterson Firearms, LLC v. Jones, 760 F.3d 1147 (10th Cir. 2014)
  • 10 Ring Precision v. Jones, 722 F.3d 771 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation v. Jones, 716 F. 3d 200 (D.C. Cir. 2013)
  • Santanelli v. Remington Arms Co., 466 Fed. Appx. 15 (1st Cir. 2012)
  • Square D Co. v. Breakers Unlimited, 2011 WL 381334 (S.D. Ind.)
  • City of New York v. Beretta USA et al, 524 F.3d 384 (2d Cir. 2008)
  • Smith & Wesson et al v. City of Gary, 875 N.E. 2d 422 (Ind. 2007)
  • In re Firearms Cases, 126 Cal. App. 4th 959 (2005)
  • Lemongello v. Sturm, Ruger & Co., 2004 WL 1453520 (W. Va.)
  • Halliday v. Sturm, Ruger & Co., 368 Md. 186 (2002)
  • City of Boston v. Smith & Wesson et al, 66 F. Supp. 2d 246 (D. Mass. 1999)
  • Bolduc v. Colt’s Manufacturing, 968 F. Supp. 16 (D. Mass. 1997)

News

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, 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 28, 2017
Vogts Speaks at National Firearms Law Seminar
Vogts' speech focused on "Responsibility for Criminal Firearms Violence: Defending Firearm Manufacturers and Retail Dealers."

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, 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, 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, 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.

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