Michael W. Drumke

Biography

Michael focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He serves as national trial counsel for a defendant named in asbestos-related litigation across the country. He has also served as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer defendant in asbestos-related litigation and lead counsel for several premises owners named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. He has authored articles and given presentations nationally on the subjects of recent developments in toxic tort law, class actions, environmental litigation and insurance coverage issues.

Michael has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants. He has been recognized as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network in the areas of Class Actions / Mass Tort Defense, Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense. He has been named an “Illinois Super Lawyer,” in the areas of Class Action / Mass Torts and Business Litigation. Michael is Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell.

Michael is a Past Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA). He currently serves as a TIPS Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and as the Immediate Past Chair of the ABA's Section Officers Conference.

Practices

Toxic Tort Litigation
Asbestos Litigation
Product Liability
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Class Action Defense
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Environmental Law
Insurance

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Immediate Past Chair, Section Officers Conference
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      • Section Delegate, ABA House of Delegates
      • Section Chair, 2014-2015
      • Member, Governing Council
      • Past Section Revenue Officer
      • Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board
      • Past Chair, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
    • Past Member, 2015 Magna Carta Anniversary Committee
    • Past Member, Standing Committee on Silver Gavel Awards
    • Section of Litigation
    • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    • Law Practice Division
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Attorneys of America
  • American Brain Tumor Association Board of Directors, Past Member

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2015 – present
  • Member, Leading Lawyers Network for Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Product Liability Defense Law and Toxic Torts Defense Law, 2009 – present
  • Peer Review Rated "A/V Preeminent," Martindale-Hubbell, 2008 – present
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in Class Action/Mass Tort, 2007 – present
  • “Bill of Rights in Action Award,” Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 2008
  • “Law and Public Service Honor Roll,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 2004 – 2005
  • "Innovative Excellence in National CLE Programming Award," American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2003-2004
  • “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch,” Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2001
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association

Publications

  • “A HIPAA Primer,” 37 The Brief 3 (Spring 2008)
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law,” 40 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 810 (2005)
  • Co-Author, “Declaratory Relief,” Illinois Civil Practice, Vol. II, Ch. 5, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1997 & Supplement 2000)
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Toxic Tort Law,” 33 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 711 (Winter 1998)
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Toxic Tort Law,” 32 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 635 (Winter 1997)

Presentations

  • Panelist, "Communicating with Millennial Jurors," Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association 2017 Section Conference (Chicago, April 2017)
  • Speaker, "An Update on Talc Litigation," Law Education Institute CLE Conference (Snowmass, January 2017)
  • Panelist, "Communicating with Millennial Jurors," Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association 2016 Section Conference (Atlanta, May 2016)
  • Speaker, "Police Liability – Where Is the Line and When Is It Crossed?" Law Education Institute National CLE Conference (Vail, January 2016)
  • Speaker, "Mass Tort Perspectives: Plaintiff v. Defendant," Law Education Institute National CLE Conference (Vail, January 2015)
  • Panelist, “Bankruptcy Filings, Confirmations & Estimations and the Transparency Between Bankruptcy Trusts and Tort Litigation,” American Conference Institute’s 14th Annual Asbestos Claims & Litigation Conference (Chicago, June 2013)
  • Speaker, “Bankruptcy Filings, Confirmations & Estimations and the Transparency Between Bankruptcy Trusts and Tort Litigation,” American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Asbestos Claims & Litigation Conference (Philadelphia, January 2013)
  • Speaker, “MDL Update and MDL 875 Lessons Learned,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Asbestos Claims & Litigation Conference (Philadelphia, January 2012)
  • Speaker, “MDL 875 – Update on Current Development & Status,” Harris Martin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (St. Louis, September 2011)
  • Panelist, “Conduct-Based Claims & Juror Perceptions: Punitive Damages and Intentional Torts,” HB Litigation Conferences 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation (Chicago, April 2011)
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Some Like It Hot: Emerging Issues in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee’s Nineteenth Annual Spring CLE Meeting (Phoenix, April 2010)
  • Program Co-Chair, “The Future of Class Action Litigation in America,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association (Washington DC, October 2007)
  • Speaker, “Staff Counsel: The Changing Litigation Environment," American Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Staff Counsel Committee Meeting (Philadelphia, September 2006)
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Honolulu, August 2006)
  • Program Co-Chair, “The Future of Class Action Litigation in America,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association (Washington DC, November 2005)
  • Speaker, “The Truth Is Out There: Trade Associations and Conspiracy Theories,” Andrews Asbestos Litigation Conference (New Orleans, April 2004)
  • Panelist, “Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Round Up: Preparing for Litigation Beyond the Asbestos Horizon,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee’s Thirteenth Annual Spring CLE Meeting (Phoenix, March 2004)
  • Program Co-Chair, “The Future of Class Action Litigation in America,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association (Boston, October 2003)
  • Program Co-Chair, “Mealey’s Practical Skills Series: “Toxic Tort Litigation,” Mealey’s Publications and Conferences Group (Philadelphia, September 2003)
  • Program Chair, “The Future of Mass Tort Litigation in America,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee’s 11th Annual Spring CLE Meeting (Phoenix, March 2002)
  • Program Chair, “Tort Reform in the New Millennium,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Chicago, August 2001)
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Environmental Law,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Section of Energy, Environment and Resources (New York, July 2000)
  • Program Chair, “The Method to the Madness: Understanding the ‘Scientific Method’ and ‘Peer Review’ under Daubert and Kelly Frye,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee’s 8th Annual Spring CLE Meeting (La Jolla, March 1999)
  • Speaker, “Class Actions and Mass Torts – History and Recent Developments,” Midwest Environmental Claims Association Fifth Annual Seminar (Chicago, September 1997)
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Environmental Law,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (San Francisco, August 1997)

Recent Verdicts

  • Eske v. Fleming Materials Co., et al., Milwaukee Cty., WI Cir. Ct. No. 07-CV-10206 (May 5, 2010)
  • Willis v. 84 Lumber Co., et al., Sangamon Cty., IL Cir Ct. No. 07-L-0327 (August 13, 2009)
  • Dancho v. Georgia-Pacific LLC, Cook Cty., IL Cir. Ct. No. 05-L-5620 (May 15, 2008)

Reported Cases

  • Johnson v. Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., 313 Ill. App.3d 230 (3rd Dist. 2000)
  • Ebert v. Thompson, 282 Ill. App.3d 385 (1st Dist. 1996)
  • Simmons v. Blauw, 263 Ill. App.3d 829 (1st Dist. 1994)

News

Chicago, August 23, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, April 28. 2017
Law360 Highlights ABA Panel on Millennial Jurors
Drumke, Kilpatrick discussed strategies for making a successful case with millennial jurors,

Chicago, April 17, 2017
Drumke, Kilpatrick Talk Communication with Millennial Jurors at ABA TIPS Conference
The interactive panel will help trial lawyers frame their arguments with millennial jurors in mind.

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, December 22, 2016
Drumke Presents at National CLE Conference on Talc Litigation
Drumke will present on an update on talc litigation as part of the three-day program in Snowmass, Colo.

Chicago, November 22, 2016
Law Bulletin Recognizes Wiegler on "40 Under Forty" List
Wiegler was recognized in the profile for her "refined and thorough competency in the law combined with an absolute civil approach to this practice."

Chicago, August 15, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers List
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP also received the firm a Tier 1 ranking in the area of "Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants" in 2016.

Chicago, May 17, 2016
Drumke, Kilpatrick Discuss How to Communicate with Millennial Jurors
They addressed challenges to consider when communicating with millennial jurors and what litigators should consider when preparing their trial strategy.

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, February 15, 2016
Kilpatrick, Drumke Receive ABA Nominations
Both are involved with the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

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 9, 2015
Law Bulletin Recognizes Becker on "40 Under Forty" List
Becker, referred to in his profile as "an attorney's attorney," was recognized for his practice in Entertainment Law / Commercial Law.

Chicago, August 24, 2015
Law Bulletin Photos Highlight Drumke, TIPS' Awards Reception
Photos feature Michael W. Drumke presenting an award to Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

Chicago, August 17, 2015
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Partner Dale Wills was also named the Product Liability Attorney of the Year.

Chicago, July 23, 2015
Drumke Caps TIPS Chairmanship With ABA Annual Conference, Awards Ceremonies
With over 25,000 members and 32 general committees, TIPS is one of the ABA’s largest sections.

Chicago, May 18. 2015
ABA TIPS Chair Drumke Offers "View From the Chair"
Drumke writes about the return he has received on his involvement with TIPS for the past 20 years.

Chicago, May 4, 2015
ABA Introduces Section Officers Conference Chair-Elect Drumke in Publication
Elected the 2015-2017 Chair of the Section Officers Conference, Drumke will commence his two-year term at the close of the 2015 ABA Annual Meeting.

Chicago, February 26, 2015
Drumke Named Chair-Elect of ABA Section Officers Conference
The Section Officers Conference is the organizing body for all ABA Sections, Divisions and Forums and works to advance the interests of those entities within the ABA.

Chicago, February 20, 2015
Drumke Shares "View from The Chair" in ABA Publication
Drumke, Chair of the ABA's TIPS Section, writes about fair funding for the courts.

Chicago, February 18, 2015
Legal Talk Network Interviews Drumke at ABA Midyear Meeting
Drumke discusses his role as chair, TIPS' involvement with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, and the opportunities TIPS offers its members.

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 20, 2014
Drumke Offers "View From The Chair" in ABA Publication
Drumke announces the the inaugural TIPS section conference in his first letter as TIPS Chair.

Chicago, October 9, 2014
Drumke Tells TortSource About "When I Was a Young Lawyer"
Drumke answers questions about his career and offers advice for new lawyers in the Summer 2014 issue of TortSource.

Chicago, August 21, 2014
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Drumke, Martin and Wills were named to Best Lawyers in various practice areas.

Chicago, August 13, 2014
Drumke Elected Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
TIPS unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system in one of the ABA’s largest sections.

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, October 30, 2013
Drumke Speaks at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar
Drumke will address "Defending the Rest—Basics on Lung Cancer, Other Cancers, and Asbestosis: Review of the B-Read and Pulmonary Function Testing."

Chicago, August 13, 2013
Drumke Named Chair-Elect of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
With over 25,000 members and 32 general committees, TIPS unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system in one of the ABA’s largest sections.

Chicago, May 29, 2013
Drumke Serves on ABA Magna Carta Anniversary Committee
The ABA will honor the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

Chicago, April 03, 2013
Drumke Presents at Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation
Drumke's presentation will address numerous points related to both bankruptcy trusts and disclosures/discovery.

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 2, 2013
Drumke Speaks at ACI Asbestos Claims and Litigation Forum
Drumke's presentation will address numerous points related to both bankruptcy trusts and disclosures/discovery.

Chicago, August 6, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Drumke Elected Vice Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Drumke's term commences a three-year leadership track as an ABA Section Officer.

Chicago, March 20, 2012
Product Liability Law360 Profiles Drumke
The publication highlighted new Partner Michael W. Drumke's experience in toxic tort and product liability litigation.

Chicago, March 19, 2012
Toxic Tort Team, Former Patent Examiner Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to its Chicago office.

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