Product Liability

Product Liability

The firm has earned its national reputation as a premier product liability firm by winning jury trials. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers have tried catastrophic injury cases to verdict in many jurisdictions across the country, involving a wide variety of products including automobiles, asbestos, chemicals, industrial equipment, firearms, lift trucks, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and power tools. Many of the world’s largest corporations retain Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in matters related to product liability. The Circuit Court of Cook County can be a challenging forum for product liability defendants. The lawyers at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP practice in the Richard J. Daley Center every day. Because the firm has an active trial practice, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers are well respected by the local bench and bar.
 
Years of experience in product liability litigation have given Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers the knowledge to assist their clients in loss prevention and risk management. The firm’s lawyers have assisted clients with recalls, warnings, operator manuals, liability audits, safety reviews, and punitive damage exposure.

The firm has served as regional and national counsel for manufacturers of products that are involved in recurrent litigation. In this role, the firm assists management in coordinating discovery, developing a well-founded defense strategy, interacting with insurance carriers, and controlling risks that can threaten the viability of a business.

Proof of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s success is best demonstrated by its list of jury trial verdicts and the following clients who have retained the firm’s services. 
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Airbus, S.A.S.
  • Allianz Insurance Company
  • Altec Industries, Inc.
  • Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. (“ABB”)
  • BASF Aktiengesellschaft
  • BL-Pegson Ltd.
  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Cincinnati Incorporated
  • Clark Material Handling Company
  • The Clorox Company
  • Crosman Corporation
  • Electric Insurance Company
  • Exelon Corporation
  • FMC Corporation
  • G&W Electric Company, Inc.
  • Gamo Outdoor USA, Inc.
  • General Casualty Company
  • General Electric Corporation
  • Genie Industries, Inc.
  • GTE Corporation
  • Koehring Cranes, Inc. 
  • Komatsu America Corp.
  • Linde Material Handling North America
  • Marlin Firearms
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Mylan Laboratories, Inc.
  • Newell Rubbermaid, Inc.
  • Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
  • Raymond Corporation
  • Remington Arms Company, Inc.
  • Schaeff, Inc.
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Smith & Nephew, Inc.
  • Subaru of America, Inc.
  • Taylor Machine Works, Inc.
  • Terex Corporation
  • Textron, Inc.
  • Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Universal-Automatic Corporation
  • World Kitchen, LLC
 


News

Chicago, March 27, 2017
McCaskey Speaks at Kentucky Defense Counsel Spring Seminar
McCaskey spoke on "CSI and the Use of Forensic Evidence in Defending Civil Litigation" and "Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology and Social Media Law."

Chicago, March 21, 2017
Monaco Moderates Regulatory Panel at ABA TIPS Motor Vehicle Conference
Several in-house counsel will provide regulatory and enforcement updates and what to expect under the new administration.

Chicago, 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.

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, Lisle, 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.

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

Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, 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.

Chicago, 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.


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Chicago, St. Louis, 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.

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

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, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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, 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."

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, 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.

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

Chicago, October 20, 2015
American College of Trial Lawyers Inducts Wills, 10th Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney
Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship and membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state.

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

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

Chicago, Madison County, 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.

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 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.

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

Chicago, 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 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, 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

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

Chicago, Libertyville, 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.

Chicago, 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."

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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

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, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

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 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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

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.

Chicago, 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

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.

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

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.”

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, 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.


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