Kay L. Schichtel

Biography

Kay started as the first female lawyer at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in 1974 and then became its first female partner. In 1992, she and eight of her partners founded Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, and the firm has grown to over 100 lawyers. She devotes most of her practice to defense of medical negligence claims but has substantial trial experience in other areas, including pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

Practices

General Trial Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2005-2018 in medical malpractice defense
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois
  • One of the Top Twenty Defense Lawyers by Chicago Lawyer
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for 25 years

Presentations

Kay has spoken to many groups of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers about medical negligence claims, documentation pitfalls, and communication with patients and family and has given “mock trial” presentations to illustrate how these issues come into a lawsuit and eventual trial 

News

Chicago, August 31, 2018
Leading Lawyers Names Drumke, Schichtel, Rogers to Top 10 Lists
The three partners were recognized in the categories of Class Action/Mass Defense, Med Mal Defense and Women Business Lawyers.

Chicago, August 27, 2018
Schichtel Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine
Schichtel's profile, titled "Methodically Educating Juries in Medical Malpractice Defense," focuses on her career path and focus on defending clients in Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Product Liability and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device matters.

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, January 4, 2018
Schichtel, Weiler Successfully Appeal Apparent Agency Question to Illinois Supreme Court
The related policy issues affect hospitals, medical facilities, and charity care throughout 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, 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, 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, June 26, 2015
Schichtel, Weiler and Schneider Win Opinion in Illinois Appellate Court for Hospital Client
The opinion affirmed a summary judgment for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client and clarifies the scope of agency law in Illinois.

Chicago, April 9, 2015
Schichtel Named to "Top 10 Women Civil Defense" Attorney List
Schichtel ranked second on the list of ten Chicago-area female attorneys.

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, October 24, 2014
Schichtel Honored with Two Awards in October
Schichtel received awards from the Jury Verdict Reporter and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

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.

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, June 4, 2010
Schichtel Featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine Q&A
Swanson, Martin & Bell Partner Kay L. Schichtel was featured in the Q&A in Chicago Lawyer magazine’s June issue.

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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