Timothy G. Nickels

Biography

Timothy G. Nickels serves as the managing partner of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Tim’s practice focuses on the defense of physicians and other health care providers in medical negligence cases. He has tried cases in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout Illinois and has written and argued appeals in the Seventh Circuit and Illinois Appellate courts. In addition to this practice in the area of medical malpractice, Tim practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation. He also represents physicians and other professionals in administrative and disciplinary proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Tim has been a frequent speaker at professional organizations, associations and societies on the topic of risk management from the perspective of a defense attorney.

Practices

Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Product Liability
Toxic Tort Litigation
General Trial Practice

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors
    • President, 2015-2017
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
    • Board Member, 2001-2007
    • President, 2005-2007
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Board of Managers, Nominating, Strategic Planning and Judicial Evaluation Committee-Chair
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Sections of Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Publications

  • Co-Author, with D.R. Carlson and R.J. Street, A Model Antitrust Policy for College and Universities, Journal of Student Financial Aid, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter 1992)

News

Chicago, St. Louis, February 20, 2018
Illinois Supreme Court Recognizes Wahl, Attorneys for Participation in Mentoring Program
Run by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to provide professional guidance with lawyers in their early years of practice.

Chicago, Libertyville, Madison County, January 26, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 35 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 20 Super Lawyers and 14 Rising Stars among its attorneys.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 23, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2018
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, Indiana, October 30, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights New Indiana Office, 25th Anniversary
The article quotes partners Brian W. Bell and Timothy G. Nickels, and speaks of the firm's long history in Indiana.

Chicago, Indiana, October 6, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Opens Indiana Office
The trial firm, which celebrates 25 years in business in 2017, already boasts more than 130 attorneys between its downtown Chicago headquarters and its other offices in Illinois and Missouri.

Chicago, October 2, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Continued Growth
In recognition of its 25th anniversary year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has made a monthly donation to a non-profit with whom the firm has a strong relationship.

Chicago, Lisle, August 28, 2017
Thumbuddy Special Receives 25th Anniversary Donation
Thumbuddy Special provides adaptive equipment, such as bicycles, vans and wheelchairs, for children with special needs.

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, 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 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.

Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, 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.

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 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, 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, 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, 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.

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, 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.

Chicago, 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.

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, 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, 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.

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, 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.

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 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 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.

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

Chicago, 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.

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.

Chicago, Lisle, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, 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.

Chicago, 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.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, 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.

Chicago, Lisle, 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.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, 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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