Patrick P. Clyder

Biography

Patrick is a partner in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office where he serves as chair of the firm’s product liability practice group. Patrick regularly counsels product manufacturers in complex personal injury and business disputes. He has experience in all stages of litigation, including trial. He has also successfully resolved matters through dispositive motion, settlement, mediation and arbitration. He has defended numerous products including construction equipment, power tools, fire sprinkler systems, aircraft, ladders, and transformers. While he spends the majority of his time in the Circuit Court of Cook County, one of most difficult jurisdictions for defendants in the United States, he has actively defended product liability matters in multiple state and federal courts outside of Illinois under pro hac vice admission. 

His knowledge of Cook County and its surrounding counties makes him a capable local counsel for out-of-state attorneys. Patrick also has extensive experience representing businesses in disputes stemming from incidents on their premises. 

Outside the office Patrick is an avid hockey fan, and he still plays and coaches. He also enjoys running and has completed the Berlin, Milwaukee and multiple Chicago marathons. He lives in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood with his family, and he regularly volunteers for Cabrini Green Legal Aid as a criminal records and criminal defense client intake volunteer.

Practices

Product Liability
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Construction

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Hand and Power Tools SLG Vice Chair
  • Scholar Mentor, Blackhawk Alumni Association
  • Volunteer Coach, Blackhawks Special Hockey
  • Intake Volunteer, Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2013-2017

Publications

  • Co-Author, “7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017
  • Author, “Recent Sports Concussion Litigation and Statutes of Limitations,” The Whisper, Volume 12, Issue 12, December 2016
  • Co-Author, “The Basic Response to Product Advertisement Inquiries,” For the Defense, April 2016
  • Co-Author, “7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2015
  • “Practical Considerations and Tips for Young Attorneys: Counterclaims,”Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, First Quarter 2015
  • Co-Author, “8th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Product Liability Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2013
  • Co-Author, “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, 2008

Presentations

  • “Fire Investigation in Today’s Environment,” Will, Cook, Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force, Tinley Park, Illinois, March 2017
  • “Beyond Pleading: Courting Your Client With a Tailored Defense in a Multiparty Loss,” DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017
  • Presenter, “It’s Time for the Regulator: The Basic Response to Product Advertisement Inquiries,” DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2016
  • Presenter, “The Independent Private Investigation and Complex Litigation,” Fire Investigators Strike Force, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, May 2015
  • Moderator, “A View From the Bench,” ACI Trucking Litigation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
  • Presenter, "Get the Picture: Tips for Attending Product Inspections," DRI Product Liability Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2013
  • Presenter, “The 411 of Benzene Litigation,” HB Litigation’s Benzene Litigation Audiocast, 2011

News

Chicago, January 11, 2018
Sheean Speaks at DRI Product Liability Conference
Sheean will address "Assault on Crossbows: Tales from the Front Lines in Defense of Shooting Sports."

Chicago, Libertyville, March 2, 2017
Henne, Firm Attorneys Speak at Fire Investigation Task Force Presentation
Over 100 people listened to the four attorneys present on Fire Investigations in Today's Environment.

Chicago, February 27, 2017
Clyder Named Vice Chair of DRI Hand & Power Tools SLG
DRI's Product Liability Committee is comprised of 18 specialized litigation groups, each of which focuses on a specific type of product, group of products or particular issues within product liability law.

Chicago, 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."

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, May 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers List
Thirty-six Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys were named Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 12, 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.

Chicago, Libertyville, 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,"

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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, 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.

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