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February 22, 2017
American Cancer Society Receives 25th Anniversary Donation
ACS funds and conducts cancer research, shares expert information, supports cancer patients and spreads the word about cancer prevention.

February 16, 2017
Ver Steeg Discusses Career Opportunities on Valparaiso Alumni Panel
Ver Steeg and fellow Valparaiso alumni offered advice about how to navigate the legal job market.

February 7, 2017
O'Sullivan Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Attorneys List
O'Sullivan was one of 319 attorneys to be named by clients for superior client service.

February 6, 2017
Alva Speaks at ABA Young Lawyers Teleconference on Autonomous Vehicles
Alva and fellow panelists will discuss "The Implications of Autonomous Vehicles" on Thursday, February 23.

February 3, 2017
Clyder Speaks at DRI Product Liability Conference
Clyder will discuss "Beyond Pleading: Courting Your Client with a Tailored Defense in a Multiparty Loss."

January 30, 2017
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep Receives 25th Anniversary Donation
In honor of the firm's 25th anniversary, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is supporting a different non-profit each month.

January 25, 2017
Maher Profiled in Leading Lawyers Article
The article describes Maher's time in the Marines and how it ultimately shaped his legal practice.

January 17, 2017
Thevatheril Speaks at National Forum on Neurotrauma, Brain & Spine Medical Legal Issues
Thevatheril will discuss "Relationship Between Neurosurgeons and Neurologists: Reviewing Radiology Reports and Failing to Properly Diagnose."


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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.

January 13, 2017
Ferrill Offers Trial Tips on CBA Panel
Ferrill will speak along with two judges and a plaintiff's attorney.

January, 5, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Three New Partners
Sullivan practices in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Lisle office, while Lothson and Wahl practice in the firm’s Chicago office.

January, 5, 2017
Clyder Authors DRI Article on Sports Concussion Litigation
Clyder wrote the article for DRI's Young Lawyer Newsletter.

January, 4, 2017
Report Names Illinois, Missouri Courts as “Judicial Hellholes”
The report said courts in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation.

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.

December 20, 2016
McCaskey Co-Authors DRI For the Defense Article
The article focuses on the use of internet and social media for researching and accessing information to be used in automotive litigation.

December 9, 2016
Lateral Associate, Four New Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four practice in the firm's Chicago office; one practices in the firm's St. Louis office.

December 6, 2016
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Supreme Court to Rule on Bathroom Use in School for Transgender Student

November 30, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Named to BTI Client Service A-Team 2017
The rankings are the end result of over 330 in-depth interviews with legal decision makers.

November 28, 2016
Rogers Discusses ABA's Young Lawyers Division on Law Student Podcast
Rogers chatted about the ABA's Young Lawyers Division and the Emerging Leaders Program that is helping law graduates seek significant leadership roles within the ABA.

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."

November 17, 2016
Reveille Presents Case Law Update at CHRMS Law Day
Reveille will discuss case law updates along with two Chicago attorneys.

November 9, 2016
Wisniewski Co-Chairs ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

November 2, 2016
Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professional Negligence Claim

October 27, 2016
Levitt Completes Second Ironman Long-Distance Triathlon
The competition consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and a marathon, raced in that order without a break.

October 27, 2016
SMB Recognized for “Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case”
Aiju C. Thevatheril, Elizabeth A. Bruer and Jessica A. Levitt received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award at this month’s Jury Verdict Reporter Awards.

October 26, 2016
Ferrill Talks Trial Preparation and Presentation at CBA Event
Ferrill and fellow presenters will provide first-hand guidance on how to effectively try a case.

October 11, 2016
Alva Leads Hispanic Lawyers' JD Mentor Kickoff Event
Alva co-chairs the JD Mentors Program, which pairs Latino or Latina judges or practicing attorneys with Latino or Latina college and law students with the purpose of creating a mentoring relationship.

October 10, 2016
Entertainment and Media Group Hosts Luncheon with TuneCore, Audium Founder Jeff Price
More than 50 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys and guests listened as Price discussed the shift from physical sales and downloads to streaming services, and how that has impacted artist revenues.

September 23, 2016
Larson, Terselic Obtain Defense Verdict in Lake County Case
The case involved the alleged failure to properly perform an appendectomy.

September 16, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Employees Run Race Judicata
Race Judicata benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, an organization of volunteer attorneys who donate legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually.

September 16, 2016
McGovern Represents Vessel Owner in Lawsuit Against International Container Line
The vessel owner alleges that the container line breached its charter party by failing behind on over $1.7 million in charter hire payments for the vessel.

September 13, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Named to Crain's List of 25 Largest Chicago Law Firms
Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP "had the second-largest increase in local attorneys, growing its headcount by 7.1 percent since last year," according to Crain's.

September 12, 2016
Rogers Named Vice President for Society of Trial Lawyers
Rogers will be vice president for a year and become president in 2017-2018.

September 9, 2016
McCaskey Named DRI Automotive Product Liability Marketing Chair
McCaskey will serve in this role for a year.

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.

August 15, 2016
Thevatheril, Anderson Earn Dismissal in Medical Negligence Case
Their healthcare system client was voluntary dismissed prior to trial.

August 11, 2016
Maher Joins Board of Visitors for NIU College of Law
Maher is a 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University's College of Law.

August 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Hosts Client Service Seminar With Panel of In-House Counsel and Business Owners
The seminar focused on the “Dos and Don’ts After Being Engaged by In-House Counsel and Business Owners.”

August 3, 2016
Rogers, Lengerich Win Summary Judgment Motion in Medical Negligence Action
Rogers and Lengerich argued there was a lack of proximate cause between the defendants’ alleged negligence and plaintiff’s leg amputation.

July 27, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Four Lateral Attorneys
The four women range in practices from Medical Negligence and Healthcare or Toxic Tort Litigation.

July 27, 2016
Kocour, Schneider Win Summary Judgment Motion in Medical Negligence Case
The motion was on behalf of a Chicago-based hospital.

July 18, 2016
Becker Speaks at LCA Music Boot Camp on Artist Management
He will offer practical guidance on business and legal consideration in various uses of music.

July 15, 2016
Fardy, Reilly Represent Convenience Store Chain in IP Dispute
The chain has asked U.S. District Court to allow it to continue referring to its four-sided doughnuts as “square donuts."

July 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Recognized for "Unparalleled Client Relationships" in BTI Power Rankings 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP was named to BTI’s Honor Roll of Recommended Firms in consumer goods, placing it in the top 10 percent of law firms in the consumer goods industry.

July 1, 2016
Bell, Weiler and Sphar Win Opinion in Employment Discrimination Case
The opinion affirmed a jury verdict for their client, a medical corporation, in an employment discrimination case.

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.

June 24, 2016
Fitzgerald, Clyder Serve on Illinois Law Alumni Board
The board is comprised of dedicated alumni who support the College of Law’s alumni relations efforts.

June 23, 2016
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

June 21, 2016
IP Newsletter: How the Defense of Trade Secrets Act Impacts Your Business
The Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

June 13, 2016
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Appellate Court Decisions and Their Effect on Employment Law
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

June 3, 2016
Sheean Obtains Favorable Settlement in False Advertising Case
The victory represents the culmination of a three-year litigation battle that included three separate reported decisions.

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.

May 25, 2016
Rogers, Donohue Obtain Defense Verdict for Anesthesiologist
The plaintiff claimed that the anesthesiologist failed to keep her under anesthesia and she moved during eye surgery resulting in choroidal hemorrhage and blindness in the eye.

May 18, 2016
Clyder Co-Authors DRI Article on Product Advertisement Inquiries
Clyder wrote the article along with Jodell R. Nowicki, corporate general counsel for Direct Digital LLC.

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.

May 5, 2016
Former Harpo Attorney Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment Practice
McMillan’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on television and motion picture matters.

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.

May 4, 2016
Becker Moderates Music Business Panel at Lake FX Summit + Expo
Becker and three other leaders in music business will share details on building a strong business team.

April 21, 2016
Keating Moderates Marketing, Brand Litigation Panel at DRI Retail and Hospitality Conference
Keating will moderate a discussion titled, "You Agreed to What?" regarding marketing and branding litigation at hospitality companies.

April 20, 2016
Monaco Moderates Regulatory Panel at ABA TIPS Motor Vehicle Conference
Monaco moderated a panel titled "Regulatory Blockbuster: What's New in the Regulatory Arena."

April 20, 2016
Skiko, Keating, Kincaid Provide Update on Medical Marijuana in Property Management
As part of a panel moderated by partner Joseph P. Kincaid, Keating and Skiko discussed the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

April 18, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Receives Not Guilty Verdict in Medical Malpractice Defense Case
The plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for $77 - $85 million before the not guilty verdict.

April 15, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
For the first time in firm history, 100 percent of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys donated to the campaign, including attorneys at the firm's St. Louis and Madison County offices.

March 31, 2016
Skiko Addresses Hospitality Security Association on Common Legal Pitfalls
Skiko has defended the largest security services companies in the country.

March 22, 2016
McGovern, Wills Earn Appellate Victory in Legal Malpractice Case
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin included a front-page article on the result.

March 28, 2016
Patterson Speaks at SuperConference on Litigation Finance
Patterson, who was formerly General Counsel at Business Logic, will speak on litigation finance.

March 21, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Recognized as Brand Leader in BTI Brand Elite 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP earns a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Most Recommended Firms.

March 14, 2016
Kawala Addresses Vapor Industry Association on Diacetyl Litigation
Kawala spoke on the history of diacetyl litigation and the effects it could have on vapor businesses

March 2, 2016
Kanter Moderates Judges' Panel at Medical Malpractice Catastrophic Injury Conference
The judges discussed evidence and arguments in the context of medical malpractice.

February 29, 2016
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medicine Summit
Wiegler spoke on sources of risk in the perioperative period and reducing the risk of getting sued.

February 22, 2016
Becker Leads CBA Presentation on Copyright in Music
He will discuss the intricate and evolving role that copyright law plays in the music industry.

February 18, 2016
McNamara Presents on Motions in Limine at ISBA Seminar
He offered strategies for drafting, presenting, and arguing motions in limine from the defense perspective.

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

January 21, 2016
Patterson Authors "Above the Law" Article on Litigation Finance
Patterson discusses three ways litigation finance changes an attorney's job, inside and out.

January 18, 2016
Becker, Patterson Lead Tech Talk on New Media
The talk is hosted at 2112, Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

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.

January 12, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Clyder and Haddox practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office, while Henne practices in the firm’s Libertyville office.

January 8, 2016
Skiko Addresses Illinois Security Professionals Association
Skiko will share common legal pitfalls for security providers and how to avoid them.

January 8, 2016
Nickels Hosts Presentation for Notre Dame Law Students
Almost 50 Notre Dame Law School students came to Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office to learn about various types of law practiced by fellow alumni.

January 5, 2016
Thevatheril Moderates Judges' Panel at ACI Medical Malpractice Catastrophic Injury Seminar
Seven state and federal judges will share insights on how they view evidence and arguments specifically in the medical malpractice context.

December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

December 16, 2015
Wisniewski Featured in ABA Member Spotlight for Labor and Employment Law
Wisniewski has been involved in the section since 2012.

December 11, 2015
Monaco Speaks on Carbon Nanotubes at HarrisMartin Conference
The conference focused on emerging toxic tort litigation.

December 7, 2015
Murray, Kincaid Victorious in Creditors' Rights Matter
The judge repeatedly cited from the equitable remedies chapter of the IICLE handbook, “Creditors’ Rights in Illinois,” written by three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys.

December 1, 2015
Keating Authors Hotel Business Review Article on Hotel Bar Liability Issues
The influx of people to a hotel with a bar or restaurant may create issues for the operation of the hotel and potential liability concerns for the hotel's owners and operators.

November 24, 2015
Wisniewski, Skiko Judge ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski, Skiko and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

November 18, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Practical Applications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, According to the Seventh Circuit
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its November newsletter.

October 30, 2015
Skiko, Fardy Recognized at Jury Verdict Reporter Awards
The pair were recognized for obtaining the highest settlement of 2014-2015 on behalf of client Business Logic.

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.

October 12, 2015
October's Chicago Lawyer Cover Features Fardy
Chicago Lawyer recognized partners Steve Fardy and Pete Skiko for obtaining the largest settlement in 2014 on behalf of a client.

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.

October 1, 2015
Sheean Named Chair of DRI Commercial Litigation Committee
Sheean's first official meeting as chair will take place during DRI's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

September 22, 2015
Kincaid, Murray and Becker Speak at ISBA Commercial Banking CLE
They spoke on both "Fraudulent Transfers, Successor Liability, Alter Ego, and Veil Piercing" and Judgment Enforcement against a Member in an LLC."

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.

August 24, 2015
IICLE Entertainment Industry CLE Features Becker, Wahl as Speakers
The CLE is titled, "Entertaining the Idea: The Ins and Outs of Representing Entertainment Industry Clients."

August 19, 2015
Monaco Named TIPS' Product Liability Committee Vice Chair
He will serve as Vice-Chair for 2015-2016.

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.

August 4, 2015
McCaskey Named to DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee
He will serve in the role for 2015-2016.

July 30, 2015
Associate General Counsel, Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

July 23, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Prohibiting Employers From Asking “The Question”
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its July newsletter.

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.

July 6, 2015
Becker Authors Law Bulletin Article on Crowdfunding
Becker explains a recent FTC ruling on investor protection in crowdfunding.

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.

June 11, 2015
WBAI Honors Kocour, Firm For Business Development Program
Kocour and the firm received Service Awards for extraordinary contributions to the WBAI and its membership.

June 10, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Named Newcomer to NLJ 350
The National Law Journal spoke with Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels about the firm's growth.

June 8, 2015
Becker Joins Dramatists Guild Panel on Musical Theatre Writing
Becker will speak on the business aspects of musical theatre writing at Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago.

June 3, 2015
2Civility Highlights Givers and Getters Panel with WBAI
'“Women tend to be natural relationship-builders in their personal lives. The trick is how to translate those relationships to business opportunities.”'

June 2, 2015
Wahl Elected to IDC Board of Directors
Wahl and fellow newly elected directors will be recognized at the IDC's Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

June 1, 2015
Thevatheril Speaks at American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Meeting
Thevatheril's presentation is on Liability and Loss Prevention. The session will discuss risk management, claims and litigation overview on medical and dental malpractice.

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.

May 18, 2015
Henne, Firm Attorneys Speak at Fire Investigators Strike Force Presentation
Five Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys spoke on "The Independent Private Investigation and Complex Litigation,"

May 13, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: It’s 10:00 a.m...Do You Know Where Your Employees Are?
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its May newsletter.

May 8, 2015
Kramer Addresses Nursing Home Litigation at CBA Seminar
Kramer will speak about the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act from the defense's perspective.

May 8, 2015
McNamara Discusses Post-Trial Motions Appellate Issues at ISBA Seminar
McNamara offered insight on things that appellate counsel wishes trial counsel would do.

May 5, 2015
McCaskey Elected to Board of Directors for Non-Resident Lawyer Division of State Bar of Wisconsin
The Nonresident Lawyers Division provides nonresident members opportunities for participation in the governance of the State Bar.

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.

May 4, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Host Women’s Business Development Seminar
Prominent in-house counsel and law firm attorneys served as panelists.

April 27, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Recognized as Brand Leader in BTI Brand Elite 2015
The firm earns a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Most Recommended Firms.

April 24, 2015
Miller, Kincaid and McCaskey Author DRI Commercial Litigation Article
The article discussed the impact of the FCC's 2014 ruling relating to fax advertising.

April 21, 2015
Goles Provides FOIA Overview to Lake County Government Officials
Goles is presenting at a Lake County Bar Association seminar on "Laws Every Local Government Official Needs to Know."

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.

April 6, 2015
Recent Results Highlight Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Growing Strength in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property
Long known for its depth in tort defense and trial experience, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s success continues in other litigation areas.

April 2, 2015
Medical Marijuana in Property Management Discussed at Kincaid, Skiko, Keating Presentation
The three attorneys will discuss the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

April 1, 2015
Clyder Authors IADTC Article on Practical Considerations for Young Attorneys
The article appeared in the IADTC's quarterly magazine.

March 31, 2015
WBAI, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Pair Up on Women's Business Development CLE Presentation
Today women law school graduates outnumber men – but how do they become rainmakers? Join us for an informative, two-part panel discussion with experienced Business Givers and Business Getters.

March 24, 2015
Keating Speaks on Human Trafficking in Retail, Hospitality Industry at DRI Conference
Keating will discuss the impact of human trafficking on the retail and hospitality industry.

March 18, 2015
SXSW Panel on Contract Termination Features Becker
Becker and two other panelists will discuss how to terminate a contract.

March 9, 2015
Wisniewski Volunteers with "Lawyers in the Classroom" Program
Wisniewski discussed constitutional law issues with eighth grade students.

March 3, 2015
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medical Summit
Wiegler spoke on “Medicolegal Issues in Perioperative Medicine – Lessons from Some Real Cases” in collaboration with Dr. Gerald Smetana of Harvard Medical School.

March 2, 2015
Becker Authors Pair of Law Bulletin Articles on Copyright and the Music Marketplace
The articles discuss several fundamental changes the U.S. Copyright Office recommends for the way in which the American music marketplace operates.

February 26, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Employees Volunteer at Greater Chicago Food Depository
Volunteers repacked 1,200 bags of pasta for distribution to area food pantries and shelters.

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.

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.

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.

February 9, 2015
McCaskey, Clyder Authors 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update
The update was distributed at DRI's Product Liablity Conference in Las Vegas.

February 9, 2015
McCaskey Addresses Forensic Evidence in Product Liability Cases and Trials
McCaskey's presentation was part of DRI's annual Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas.

February 4, 2015
Bell, Monaco Defeat Plaintiff’s Federal False Claims Act Complaint
The lawsuit alleged that the manufacturer violated the federal False Claims Act in relation to warranties provided to the government.

February 3, 2015
How to Get the Business: A Conversation with Givers and Getters
The seminar is presented by Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

January 29, 2015
Bell, McCaskey Recognized in "Unique Verdicts of 2014" Publication
The case was tried in Cook County, Ill. in March 2014.

January 29, 2015
Best Lawyers Recognizes Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability Practices
The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in the area of Personal Injury Litigation - Defense.

January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.

January 13, 2015
Becker, Weiler Win Appeal before the Illinois Second District Appellate Court
The win affirmed a summary judgment on behalf of their client, a national homebuilder in a large homeowner class action.

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.

January 5, 2015
Lateral Associate, New Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm has welcomed a lateral associate in Libertyville and two recent law school graduates in Chicago.

December 12, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Obtain Retroactive FCC Waiver Leading to Dismissal of Class Action Lawsuit
The FCC granted a retroactive waiver regarding laws requiring opt-out notices on fax advertisements. The ruling led to the dismissal of a lawsuit, and a sweeping change to the law.

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.

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.

November 17, 2014
Wisniewski Judges ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

November 5, 2014
Sheean, Keating Defeat Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification in SkinnyGirl Margarita Case
The lawsuit alleged that SkinnyGirl Margarita was mislabeled as "all natural."

October 24, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Indiana Practice, New Attorneys Highlighted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article
With an increasing workload in the Hoosier State, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP has added a lateral partner and four lateral associates over the past five months.

October 27, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Obtains Not Guilty Verdict for Client Centegra Hospital - McHenry
The plaintiff asked for more than $7,000,000.

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.

October 21, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Protecting Unpaid Interns and Accommodating Pregnant Women in the Workplace
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its October newsletter.

October 21, 2014
Lateral Partner, Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All five attorneys practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office.

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.

October 17, 2014
Wills Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates
Wills joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

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.

September 24, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Merger with Kernell Law Firm
Swanson, Martin & Bell now has nearly 120 attorneys in five offices, including offices in Chicago, Lisle and Libertyville.

September 23, 2014
Kernell Law Firm Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, SMB Opens St. Louis and Madison County Offices
“We believe our new St. Louis and Madison County offices will provide the same excellent service that clients have come to expect from Tom Kernell and his team,” said Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels.

September 10, 2014
Fardy, Skiko Author Intellectual Property Magazine Article
The article details a trade secret dispute that settled for over $60 million.

September 5, 2014
McNamara Addresses Motion in Limine at ISBA Seminar
The seminar focuses on "Foundations, Evidence and Objections: Before Trial, During Trial, On Appeal, or After a Settlement.”

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.

August 20, 2014
Becker Speaks at Yellow Phone Music Conference
Yellow Phone Music Conference is a four-day gathering of talented artists and music professionals from around the country.

August 14, 2014
Kramer Speaks at Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Conference
His presentation focused on "Managing Litigation: What To Do Right."

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.

July 30, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: (Sick) Leave from Duty: A reasonable accommodation or paying an employee not to work?
When an employee is diagnosed with a serious medical ailment or disability that requires the employee to be out of work for a prolonged period of time, how much leave must an employer provide?

July 21, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Trade Secret Settlement
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represent Business Logic Holding Corporation in its $61 million settlement with Morningstar, Inc.

July 18, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Client Business Logic Obtains $61 Million Settlement
The publicly reported settlement ranks as both one of the largest reported Illinois settlements in recent years and is among the ten largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation, according to Orrick.

July 10, 2014
Becker Discusses Band Law for Bands at LCA Event
Becker and others will lead an interactive discussion on internal band agreements and copyright basics.

June 27, 2014
Nickels Spotlighted in "Law Firm Leaders" Article
Nickels talked about the firm's recent growth, focus on business development, and entrepreneurial culture.

June 17, 2014
Wahl Receives Rising Star Award at IDC Awards Reception
Wahl also received the Meritorious Award and the President's Commendation.

June 4, 2014
Lateral Associates, New Grad Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes three associates, including one who was recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

May 23, 2014
Becker Speaks at LCA Music Law CLE Seminar
He will discuss strategies to help clients exit a deal, recover rights and regain control of their music and other property as part of a contract.

April 30, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Discrimination Based on Different Skin Color Within the Same Race is Actionable
Also, the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified tax rules for certain severance payments.

April 21, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP was one of nearly 150 area law firms, corporate legal departments and law-related organizations to be involved in 2014.

April 16, 2014
McNamara Speaks at ISBA Civil Practice Seminars
McNamara will address post-trial motions appellate issues. Robert R. McNamara focuses his practice in product liability, toxic tort and utility litigation

March 31, 2014
Bell, McCaskey Win Not Guilty Verdict in Cook County
The trial resulted in a defense verdict for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client, an industrial lift manufacturer.

February 28, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: When Can You Terminate an Employee with a Medical Condition?
The February/March issue of the Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter offers practical tips for employers with new case law in mind.

February 24, 2014
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medicine Summit
She addressed “Medicolegal Issues in Perioperative Medicine – Lessons from Some Real Cases.”

February 11, 2014
Bell, Monaco Win Not Guilty Verdict for Automaker
The trial ran for two weeks in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

February 7, 2014
Libertyville Office Volunteers with Feed My Starving Children
Participants packed 21 boxes of food that was then shipped to malnourished children in the Philippines.

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.

January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

January 9, 2014
Becker Authors Law Bulletin Article on Spotify
Becker focused on ways in which Spotify, the on-demand music streaming service, compensates its artists.

January 8, 2014
Fardy Wins IP Bench Trial on Patent Ownership and Fraud Issues
The client won a declaratory judgment on patent ownership issues as well as counterclaims of fraudulent concealment and fraud misrepresentation.

December 12, 2013
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Entertainment and Media Law Practice
The article quotes Partner Brian W. Bell and Practice Group Chair Jeffrey S. Becker.

December 10, 2013
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Names Martin Alumnus of Distinction
Martin was chosen by a committee of alumni, faculty and staff through a year-long process that garnered more than 400 nominations.

December 3, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Launches Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group
While firm attorneys have provided legal services in the film, television, music, theatre, digital media and Internet industries for many years, the new practice group formalizes those efforts.

November 26, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Red Cross Efforts in Central Illinois
The in-office jeans day benefits those devastated by tornadoes in the Peoria, Ill. area.

November 20, 2013
Wisniewski Judges ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide will compete as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

November 18, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three Associates
The firm welcomes three associates, including two who were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

November 1, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Named to Best Lawyers' List
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" recognized Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP for its representation of defendants in product liability and personal injury lawsuits.

October 31, 2013
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Does Your Company Have a Social Media Policy in Place?
Given the high number of users and the potential impact of social media on the workplace, it is increasingly apparent that social media policies are becoming a necessity for each workplace

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."

October 28, 2013
Skiko Wins Summary Judgment for Security Services Client
Skiko has represented security service companies for more than 10 years.

October 21, 2013
McCaskey Wins Second Consecutive Oyster-Slurping Contest
McCaskey once again won $1,000 for his efforts.

October 17, 2013
Reliford Named to Chicago International Charter School Board of Directors
Reliford aims to bring an additional perspective and commitment to academics to the CICS Board of Directors.

September 11, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Not Guilty Verdict in ADA Case
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represented the client at both the administrative level before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and through to verdict.

September 4, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Summary Judgment in Trade Secret Matter
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP won summary judgment on behalf of its client, a California plant propagator, in a sophisticated multi-million dollar trade secret matter involving the licensing, marketing and development of specialized plant lines.

August 29, 2013
Rogers Named Fellow of International Society of Barristers
The ISOB brings together the best of the trial bar without partisan interests.

August 28, 2013
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Good News and Bad News for Illinois Employers
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has prepared its inaugural newsletter.

August 20, 2013
Becker Presents at Yellow Phone Music Conference
Becker and other music industry personnel will discuss various topics currently impacting the industry at the Milwaukee conference.

August 15, 2013
Wills, Martin Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List
Wills named in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and Martin was named in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

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.

July 26, 2013
Becker Serves as Panelist at MOBfest
Becker and other entertainment industry personnel will cover music exposure as part of their panel.

July 23, 2013
Sheean Named Vice Chair of DRI Commercial Litigation Committee
Sheean's one year term as Vice Chair is effective immediately.

July 17, 2013
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Law360 Highlight New Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
The Law Bulletin article quotes new Partners David A. Kanter and Robert R. McNamara, as well as Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels.

July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

June 28, 2013
McGovern Represents School District in Flood Damage Lawsuit
Damage from April flooding forced an elementary school to close for the remainder of the school year.

June 25, 2013
Weiler Named Director of Appellate Lawyers Association
Weiler was sworn in earlier this month for a two-year term.

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.

May 15, 2013
Keating Addresses Lawsuits Against Franchisees at DRI Seminar
Keating focused on "Lawsuits Against Your Franchisee: Making Sure The Brand Is Protected."

May 13, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Support Investing in Justice Campaign
For the fourth consecutive year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP participated in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign, which raises funds for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area.

May 8, 2013
Wills Moderates Civil Court Judges Program
Wills will moderate panelists of five civil court judges in the morning and afternoon sessions of the daylong program.

May 3, 2013
Becker Presents on Business of Producing at Film Festival
Becker and other film industry personnel will speak about the business end of film production at the Grand Rapids Film Festival.

April 24, 2013
Pardys, Goles Present at Seminar for Local Government Officials
Pardys and Goles will address FOIA and The Gift Ban during their presentation.

April 19, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Awarded Summary Judgment in Trace Benzene Case
The Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County rejected the plaintiffs' claim that trace amounts of benzene in the defendant’s aerosols and liquids led the decedent to develop acute myeloid leukemia.

April 11, 2013
Clyder Offers Tips on Attending Product Inspections at DRI Conference
The presentation was part of the Young Lawyers Breakout during DRI's Annual Product Liability Conference in Washington, D.C.

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.

March 19, 2013
Keating Named Double Goal Coach Award Finalist
Keating is one of 50 finalists nationally who embodies the Double Goal Coach model of striving to win, while also teaching life lessons through sports.

March 06, 2013
Wills, Bolinger Present at CBA Insurance Law Seminar
The seminar focused on "Insurer-Insured Conflicts of Interests and the Tripartite Relationship."

January 30, 2013
McCaskey, Clyder Author Eighth Circuit Product Liability Case Update
The update will be distributed with materials for the upcoming DRI Product Liability Conference outside Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2013
McGovern, Maritime Law Professors Submit Amicus Brief to United States Supreme Court
McGovern was one of 36 maritime law professors who submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.

January 14, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners, Welcomes New Associate
Aiju C. Thevatheril was elected to equity partnership ranks, while Leanne W. Moore was named a non-equity partner.

January 8, 2013
Monaco Addresses Rear-End Collisions at Brain Injury Litigation Conference
Top litigators and a leading in house professional will discuss the accident, the injury, and the postcare treatment including the involvement by plaintiff ’s attorney.

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.

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.

November 26, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three New Associates
All three associates were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

November 19, 2012
Keating Presents at International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo
Keating offered attendees "Strategies For When Bad Things Happen at Good Places."

November 8, 2012
Helms Receives Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award For Career Achievement
Judges, trial attorneys and many of Helms' colleagues from Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attended the ceremony and reception.

November 8, 2012
Monaco to Moderate Judges' Panel on Trucking Litigation
Eight federal and state jurists will provide insight on how they interpret evidence and arguments in the trucking litigation context.

October 22, 2012
Goles Authors Landlord-Tenant Blog Post for Seminar Company Blog
Goles titled his post, "Preparing for a Lawsuit Starts the Day of the Tenant's Application."

October 9, 2012
Byrne Addresses Premises Liability at Asbestos Litigation Conference
The conference covers emerging issues for the most active jurisdictions in 2012.

October 3, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys, Guests Go “Retro” For Thumbuddy Special
Bazooka® gum, Pixy Stix®, Sweet Tarts® and Zotz® were all the rage at Tavern Tree House as Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group and its guests gathered in support of Thumbuddy Special.

September 24, 2012
Wehrman Featured on Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Cover
Wehrman finished ninth overall and first in his age group in the 2012 Race Judicata.

September 12, 2012
Sheean Addresses Trade Secrets and Noncompete Agreements in Webcast
The webcast is presented by DRI's Commercial Litigation Committee.

August 24, 2012
Seminar Addresses Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
Goles is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Construction Litigation Practice Groups.

August 22, 2012
Two Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago, Lisle Offices
Erica S. Longfield joins the Chicago office, while Kevin L. Sterk practices in the Lisle office.

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.

July 19, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Summary Judgment in IP Case
The firm won summary judgment immediately prior to trial in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

May 15, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Andrew J. Albright and Claire A. Floore join the firm's Chicago office.

April 26, 2012
Sheean Addresses Trade Secrets Law at DRI Conference
Sheean will discuss strategies for litigating trade secrets claims at DRI's Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Seminar.

April 11, 2012
SMB Sponsoring Film Premiere Benefitting Adaptive Adventures
The evening will include an all-abilities sports expo and screening of "The Movement," followed by Q&A with the filmmaker and the film's participants.

April 10, 2012
Keating Receives Marist High School Alumni Award
Keating received the Time and Eternity Award at the 2012 Alumni Reunion and Awards last month.

March 30, 2012
Goles, Sullivan Speak at Lake County Bar Association CLE
Sullivan will address civil rights litigation and Goles will speak on dangerous and unsafe structures.

March 22, 2012
Wills Moderates Judges Panel on Civil Litigation Mistakes
Partner Daniel G. Wills will moderate a panel of 10 distinguished judges for the National Business Institute.

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.

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.

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.

February 22, 2012
Keating Speaks at Hospitality Law Conference
Keating and two fellow attorneys addressed "Retaining Separate Counsel for a Hospitality Employee and Potential Criminal Charges."

February 17, 2012
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Profiles Wehrman, New CARA President
The former Olympic marathon trials qualifier just began a two-year term as President of the CARA Board of Directors.

February 8, 2012
Monaco Speaks at Brain Injury Litigation Conference
The conference offers key strategies and updates from top in-house counsel, outside counsel, claims specialists, risk managements, neuropsychologists and neurologists.

February 1, 2012
Wehrman, Former Olympic Trials Marathon Competitor, Elected CARA President
A non-profit organization with nearly 9,000 members, CARA is devoted to motivating and supporting the Chicagoland running community through training programs, educational seminars and opportunities to interact with fellow runners.

January 31, 2012
Verdict Recognized in Chicago Lawyer Year in Review Supplement
The highlighted case involved claims of medical malpractice which lead to the death of a pregnant woman from a pulmonary embolism.

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.

January 23, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
The firm's new partners focus on a variety of practice areas.

January 10, 2012
Lateral Attorney, New Law School Graduates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes three new law school graduates and one lateral attorney to the Chicago office.

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.

November 14, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Joins ILSCCP Mentoring Partnership
The ILSCCP Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program pairs new associates with partners who provide professional guide and practical guidance.

November 11, 2011
Swanson Receives Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award For Lifetime Achievement
Lenard C. Swanson was honored for his body of trial work and longtime mentoring of fellow attorneys.

October 27, 2011
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All are associates in the firm's Chicago office.

October 19, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys and Guests “Glow” For Thumbuddy Special
For the third consecutive year, guests of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group gathered in support of Thumbuddy Special.

October 18, 2011
Sheean Addresses Recent Increase in Privacy Lawsuits at DRI’s Commercial Litigation Meeting
Christopher T. Sheean focuses his presentation on one of "Six Hot Litigation Picks for 2012."

October 1, 2011
Chicago Lawyer Quotes Bell on Confidentiality in Settlements
Bell, who primarily represents major manufacturers of automotive and industrial equipment in product liability cases, said the majority of significant settlements become confidential.

August 18, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Quotes Kincaid on Inland Real Estate GC Brooks
Joseph P. Kincaid was quoted on his attorney-client relationship with Inland Real Estate Corp. General Counsel Beth Sprecher Brooks.

August 2, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Rewrite Creditors Rights Chapter for IICLE
Rewritten by four Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys, the IICLE Chapter focuses on equitable remedies.

July 22, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney Receives Patriotic Employer Award
Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels honored with Patriotic Employer Award.

July 11, 2011
Rogers Receives Civic Award at the 2011 CBCC All-Star Invitational
William J. Rogers was recognized for his continued support and commitment to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.

June 28, 2011
Kincaid Presents at IICLE Debt Collection Webinar
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorney gives two presentations during webinar.

June 14, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Moderate, Speak at Benzene Litigation Conference Audiocast
Two Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys are participating in an upcoming Benzene Litigation Conference Audiocast.

May 9, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article Profiles McGovern
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin profiled Timothy S. McGovern and his admiralty law practice in a recent issue.

April 28, 2011
McGovern to Chair Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation Practice Group
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of Timothy S. McGovern to the firm.

April 1, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Support Investing in Justice Campaign
For the second consecutive year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP participated in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign, which raises funds for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area.

March 16, 2011
Vogts, Waidzunas Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently added two attorneys to its Chicago office.

March 14, 2011
Byrne Serves on Panel at Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference
Peggy Byrne, a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, will be a panelist at the 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference held April 7-8 in Chicago.

February 24, 2011
Sheean Authors Blog Posting for Defense Research Institute
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Christopher T. Sheean recently authored a blog posting for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) blog, DRI Today.

February 18, 2011
Skiko Addresses Security Professionals at Monthly Meeting
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Peter G. Skiko addressed the Chicago chapter of ASIS, an organization for security professionals, at their February meeting.

February 15, 2011
Sheean Quoted in Chicago Tribune Article on Motorola Lawsuit
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Christopher T. Sheean was quoted in an article in today’s Chicago Tribune titled, “Motorola Solutions heads to federal court; restraining order at issue.”

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.

January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.

January 27, 2011
Monaco to Moderate Judges’ Panel at Trucking Litigation Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Anthony J. Monaco will moderate a panel of judges offering their “view from the bench” at the American Conference Institute's Premier Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation.

January 20, 2011
Monaco to Moderate Government Investigation Panel at ABA Product Liability Litigation Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Anthony J. Monaco will moderate a panel of corporate and outside counsel addressing government investigations.

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.

November 24, 2010
Mike Ditka Speaks at LifePath Benefit Honoring Rogers and Family
The 2010 Outstanding Family Award was presented to William J. Rogers and his family for their commitment to the mission of LifePath, a social service organization.

November 18, 2010
Four New Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that four new associates have recently joined the firm.

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.

October 26, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney Named President of Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Board
Neboyskey is the 2011 President of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.

October 18, 2010
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Features Article on SMB Event
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s October 6th issue featured the article, “Chicago law firm pitches in to help children with special needs,” regarding Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s recent cocktail party fundraiser for Thumbuddy Special.

October 4, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Receives Generous Hearts Award From Thumbuddy Special
Friends of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group gathered Wednesday, September 15 on ZED451’s rooftop in support of Thumbuddy Special, an Illinois-based non-profit organization that raises money to provide adaptive equipment for children with special needs.

August 27, 2010
Monaco to Moderate Judges’ Panel at Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Anthony J. Monaco will moderate a panel of judges offering their “view from the bench” at the 3rd Annual Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference.

August 19, 2010
Rogers Addresses Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William J. Rogers spoke at a seminar sponsored by ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company on August 19 in Kankakee, Illinois.

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.

June 25, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney Blog Nominated to Top 50 Insurance Blogs List
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Daniel Wills has been nominated for membership to LexisNexis’ Insurance Law Community's Top 50 Insurance Blogs for 2009.

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.

May 21, 2010
Goles and Terselic to Provide “Landlord-Tenant Law Update” at CLE Seminar
The Libertyville partners will speak on Landlord-Tenant Law in Schaumburg, Ill.

May 6, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Elects Three New Partners
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the elevation of Richard J. Keating, Jr., Susan E. Sullivan and Catherine Basque Weiler to partner.

May 5, 2010
Continued Growth Spurs Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP To 100-Attorney Mark
With the arrival of several new partners and associates in recent months, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP now has 100 attorneys practicing among its three offices.

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.

April 16, 2010
McCaskey Co-Authors 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update
The update was distributed with course materials at the DRI 2010 Product Liability Conference.

April 13, 2010
Petrek Inducted into International Society of Barristers
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was formally inducted as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers on April 13 during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

April 13, 2010
Rogers Addresses Physicians at ISMIE Mutual Seminar
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William G. Rogers served as a panelist at the ISMIE Mutual seminar, “Preventing Medical Misadventures,” on April 13 at the Chicago North Shore Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, Illinois.

April 9, 2010
Petrek Lectures on Medical Ethics at Illinois Medical Society Seminar
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was an invited lecturer to the Illinois State Medical Society at its April 9th conference in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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.

April 9, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2010 Investing in Justice Campaign
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP was pleased to support and participate in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) 2010 Investing in Justice Campaign during the month of March.

November 20, 2009
McCaskey Serves as Panelist at ACI Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation
McCaskey and fellow panelists addressed, “Winning Over the Jury: Strategies for Overcoming the Hurdles Inherent in Defending Automotive Product Liability Litigation.”

November 3, 2009
Fardy Named One of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Annual Survey
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that P. Stephen Fardy, an equity partner in its Chicago office, has been selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees.

September 21, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces Arrival of Lateral Partner
Robert M. Collins has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in its Medical Negligence and Product Liability practice groups.

September 16, 2009
Sheean Selected as Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Christopher T. Sheean has been selected as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law to teach Trial Advocacy.

August 19, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes New Partners, Francis R. Petrek, Jr. and William J. Rogers
Petrek and Rogers will focus their practices on Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Medical Negligence and Healthcare.

March 6, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Awarded #1 Top Defense Verdict in 2008 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partners Brian W. Bell and Anthony J. Monaco were recently awarded #1 Top Defense Verdict in 2008 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

February 23, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces Arrival of Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in its Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services and Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes Practice Groups.

February 3, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces Arrival of Charles S. Stahl, Jr. and Formation of Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group
Charles S. Stahl, Jr. has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP as a partner to chair its Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

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.

January 2, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces New Partners
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the invitation of John J. O’Sullivan into the firm’s equity partnership, and the elevation of David S. Goles, McRay Judge, Anthony J. Monaco and Kelly Sullivan Rundio to partner.

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.

November 19, 2008
Byrne Successfully Defends Living Mesothelioma Asbestos Case in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Peggy Byrne of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Matt O’Connell and Doug Simek of Sutter, O’Connell & Farchione in Cleveland recently represented Chrysler LLC in the successful defense of a living mesothelioma asbestos case in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

November 6, 2008
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Five New Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to welcome five new attorneys to the firm.

November 6, 2008
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Successfully Defend Product Liability Case in the Southern District of Illinois
Brian Bell and Jody Kahn of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Ryan McQueeney of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP in Chicago recently represented Chrysler LLC in the successful defense of a product liability case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

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.

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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