Toxic Tort Litigation
Toxins and fibers (including asbestos and silica)
- Polycarbonate plastic bottles
Client document review, witness identification and preparation, and defense strategy development
Preparation and coordination of discovery responses and document production nationwide
Preparation of deposition outlines and questionnaires for local counsel use
Review and approval of all pleadings
Development, preparation and presentation of all corporate witnesses
Defense strategy development, both generally and on a case-specific basis, and development and presentation of defense expert witnesses
Research, preparation and cross-examination of plaintiff’s expert witnesses
Chicago, October 19, 2018
BTI Consulting Names Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP A Standout in Commercial Litigation
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP was one of nine law firms singled out in Commercial Litigation and one of seven named a Commercial Litigation Standout.
St. Louis, October 15, 2018
Vantine Honored as Law Firm Leader at 2018 Up & Coming Awards
Vantine was one of five Missouri lawyers named in the Law Firm Leader category, recognizing early-career professionals who hold important leadership positions in their firms.
Chicago, September 13, 2018
Benton, Longfield Participate in Benzene Mock Trial
Benton and Longfield, along with attorneys from other law firms, served as plaintiff and defense attorneys, to provide in-house training on benzene for their audience.
Chicago, September 7, 2018
Law360 Profiles Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP for 2018 Illinois Regional Powerhouse Series
According to the article, "Swanson's attorneys have flexed their muscles in several Illinois courtrooms this year, helping to fend off more than $100 million in claimed damages in several suits rooted in the firm's more institutional areas of practice."
Chicago, September 10, 2018
Longfield Speaks at Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference
Longfield and fellow panelists will discuss "Utilizing Technology to Manage Asbestos Litigation and an Update on Data Security Issues."
Chicago, August 31, 2018
Leading Lawyers Names Drumke, Schichtel, Rogers to Top 10 Lists
The three partners were recognized in the categories of Class Action/Mass Defense, Med Mal Defense and Women Business Lawyers.
Chicago, August 15, 2018
Five Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers List
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.
Chicago, Lisle, June 29, 2018
Seven Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Chicago, May 7, 2018
Drumke Speaks on Personal Jurisdictional Challenges at ACI Asbestos Conference
Drumke's presentation focuses on "Examining the Resurgence of Personal Jurisdictional Challenges Impacting Asbestos Cases in the Wake of BMS."
Chicago, April 20, 2018
Haddox, Gould Address Toxic Tort, Asbestos Cases at CBA Meeting
They will speak at an upcoming Young Lawyers Section meeting.
Chicago, March 23, 2018
Drumke Speaks on Jury Selection at ABA TIPS Conference
Drumke and fellow panelists will participate in an interactive panel on "Trial Tips from the Trenches: Jury Selection" on May 3rd.
St. Louis, February 14, 2018
Ritter Wins Second Place in Illinois Bar Journal's Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest
Ritter's article is featured in the February 2018 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.
Chicago, St. Louis, February 5, 2018
Lateral Associates, Law School Graduates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm.
Chicago, January 31, 2018
Drumke Speaks at Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference
Drumke and fellow attorneys will address "Evaluating the Key Legal and Strategic Issues."
Chicago, January 5, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Four New Partners
All four attorneys practice at the firm's Chicago office.
Chicago, December 13, 2017
Longfield Co-Moderates Punitive Damages Seminar for IDC
The seminar on "Punitive Damages in Illinois" covered the requirements and factors considered when Illinois plaintiffs seek punitive damages in state and federal court.
Chicago, December 4, 2017
Drumke, Doeringer Present on Talc Litigation at Colorado Conference
Drumke and Doeringer will present on "Tic Tac Talc! What’s the Next Move in Talc Litigation" as part of the three-day program in Snowmass, Colo.
Chicago, November 27, 2017
Kanter Speaks at Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting
Kanter spoke about "Case Studies Indicate that Tools Currently Available to Assure Quality and Integrity of Federal Government Science are Inadequate" along with two fellow speakers.
Chicago, November 1, 2017
Best Lawyers Recognizes Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury, Product Liability Practices
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP received the firm a National Tier 2 ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants.
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, September 26, 2017
Arranz Speaks at National Asbestos Litigation Conference
Arranz was on a panel that discussed "The Most Active Jurisdictions - California, Illinois, Missouri & New York,"
Chicago, August 23, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.
Chicago, Madison County, July 25, 2017
Three Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that two lateral attorneys and a newly sworn-in attorney have joined the firm as associates.
Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, June 6, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Grows St. Louis, Madison County Offices With Lateral Additions
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to add more strength and expertise in the firm’s Toxic Tort Litigation, Asbestos Litigation and Product Liability.
Chicago, May 10, 2017
Longfield, Rifkind Author Contributions to IDC Toxic Tort Survey of Law
The IDC Survey of Law is a compilation of recent decisions to help keep members and other decision-makers abreast of the changes in the law.
Chicago, April 28. 2017
Law360 Highlights ABA Panel on Millennial Jurors
Drumke, Kilpatrick discussed strategies for making a successful case with millennial jurors,
Chicago, April 17, 2017
Drumke, Kilpatrick Talk Communication with Millennial Jurors at ABA TIPS Conference
The interactive panel will help trial lawyers frame their arguments with millennial jurors in mind.
Chicago, Madison County, March 9, 2017
Ferguson Addresses Mass Toxic Tort Case Investigations in IDC Presentation
Ferguson's presentation is part of a day-long beginner's guide to mass toxic tort litigation seminar.
Chicago, 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.
Chicago, 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.
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, 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, 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 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.
Chicago, 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
Chicago, December 11, 2015
Monaco Speaks on Carbon Nanotubes at HarrisMartin Conference
The conference focused on emerging toxic tort litigation.
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, 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.
Chicago, 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
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 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, 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 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.
Chicago, 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.
Chicago, January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.
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 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 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 17, 2014
Wahl Receives Rising Star Award at IDC Awards Reception
Wahl also received the Meritorious Award and the President's Commendation.
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, 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, 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, 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 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, Lisle, 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.
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, 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.
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, 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, October 27, 2011
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All are associates in the firm's Chicago office.
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, 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, 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 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.