Patricia S. Kocour

Biography

Patricia S. Kocour is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and former longtime chair of the Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group. She has devoted the bulk of her career to defending hospitals, physicians, physician groups, nursing agencies and other healthcare practitioners against claims of medical malpractice. She has experience with drug and medical equipment litigation and general product liability and commercial litigation. 

Patti has been an invited guest speaker before the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, the Chicago Medical Society, the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS), the Bolivian American Medical Society, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Practices

Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Product Liability
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
General Trial Practice
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board Member, Kocour Company – Chicago-based manufacturer supplying the international metal finishing industry
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers
    • Current Member
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society
    •  Charity and Scholarship Committee, 2013-2014
  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
    • Firm Leader, 2013
    • Mentor, 2012

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2011-2017 in medical malpractice defense
  • Recipient, Service Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, June 2015

News

Chicago, February 20, 2017
Kocour Profiled in WBAI Newsletter for Member Monday
Kocour has been involved in both of the firm's Business Givers and Business Getters presentations, which were co-hosted with the WBAI.

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

Chicago, 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.

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, 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.

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.”'

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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

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

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 19, 2011
Thirty Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to announce that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

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