Defective Specifications and Work: We represent architects and engineers charged with improper design specifications and defective work. Recently, we successfully defended a major design/builder charged with improperly designing and constructing the concrete floor and buried supports for a newspaper printing facility and an engineer in connection with a multi-million dollar property loss arising from the collapse of a floor designed and built more than 50 years ago.
Sick Building Cases/Indoor Air Quality/Building Material Claims: We have significant experience handling sick building cases ranging from toxic mold to improper asbestos abatement. Our attorneys have defended a primary EIFS manufacturer in the largest residential home case in the United States, an asbestos removal company charged with improper abatement from the Philadelphia Enquirer building, and a subcontractor charged with the improper installation of terrazzo floor leading to a multi-million dollar claim for removal and replacement.
Worker Injury Claims: The defense of personal injury claims is the hallmark of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. We are frequently retained by self-insured construction companies and insurers to defend the most significant injury and death claims arising from allegedly unsafe construction site practices. We work closely with corporate risk management personnel, claims analysts and expert witnesses in the defense of these claims.
Bid Protests/Minority, Women’s, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Issues: Federal and state projects in Illinois have complicated subcontractor listing and MBE/WBE/DBE compliance requirements. Our attorneys can advise you on a wide assortment of bid protests and award disputes, as well as issues concerning the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.
Insurance and Surety Disputes: We can advise you in the selection of appropriate insurance coverages, including the use of OCIPs and CCIPs, development of strategies in connection with the tender of claims, understanding additional insured endorsements in light of the always evolving Illinois case law on the subject, and resolving coverage disputes. We can also provide counsel on the law of suretyship and fidelity, including the resolution of payment and performance bond claims.
Whistleblower/Fraud Claims: False Claims Act, qui tam and other whistleblower actions are frightening to contractors. Our attorneys can navigate you through allegations of violations of the False Claims Act and other federal and state civil laws, including defense of qui tam cases.
Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA): The passage of the AWCPA in 1990 has resulted in increased litigation involving the infringement of architectural works. We can advise design professionals, builders and homeowners concerning their rights and duties with respect to copyright infringement actions.
Chicago, August 7, 2020
Rogers Writes Article in ABA Construction Law Newsletter on Force Majeure
The article is titled "COVID-19 as a Force Majeure. But What Is Force Majeure? My Contract Doesn't Even Use that Term!"
Chicago, February 19, 2020
DRI's The Voice Highlights $1.5 Million Win in Construction Breach of Contract Case
The Voice, weekly publication of the Defense Research Institute, highlighted a recent Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP matter in its "And The Defense Wins" section.
Chicago, January 29, 2020
Seven Associates Named Partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Seven associates based in the Chicago office have been named partner.
Chicago, December 19, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Win $1.5 Million in Construction Breach of Contract Case
Attorneys won a $1.5 million award and defeated a $3.9 million counterclaim following a week of oral hearings tried before the AAA Construction Industry Tribunal.
Chicago, December 16, 2019
Lateral Partner Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Commercial Litigation Practice
Harkness focuses his practice on commercial litigation, manufacturing disputes, partnership and membership disputes, class action defense, intellectual property litigation, and real estate litigation.
Chicago, May 31, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business Names Five Attorneys to Notable Gen X Leaders in Law list
John P. Arranz, Patricia S. Kocour, A. Jay Koehler, Aiju C. Thevatheril and Catherine Basque Weiler were among 121 lawyers in Chicago listed.
Chicago, September 20, 2018
Haddox Profiled for Law Bulletin Media's "Forty Under 40" List
According to Haddox's profile, he "has earned a reputation as one of the top young product liability and construction litigation defense lawyers in the city."
Chicago, Lisle, June 29, 2018
Seven Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Six join the firm's Chicago office, while one will practice the firm's Lisle office.
Chicago, June 11, 2018
Haddox Named to Law Bulletin Media's "40 Under Forty" List
Haddox was recognized for his work in Contract Disputes, Construction Litigation and Product Liability matters.
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, May 17, 2017
Kramer Authors Article for IDC Civil Practice Committee Newsletter
Kramer's article focused on "What is the Injury? An Examination of Standing in Data Breach Litigation."
Chicago, March 20, 2017
Law Bulletin Article Highlights Insurance Coverage Case
The article, "Insurer must defend for vicarious liability even though not alleged," was about the 1st District Appellate Court's decision "that an additional insured whose coverage encompassed only vicarious liability could be entitled to a defense by the additional insurer even though the underlying complaint alleged neither vicarious liability nor negligence by the named insured."
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, 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, 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, January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.
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, 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.
July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.
April 24, 2013
Pardys, Goles Present at Seminar for Local Government Officials
Pardys and Goles will address FOIA and The Gift Ban during their presentation.
October 22, 2012
Goles Authors Landlord-Tenant Blog Post for Seminar Company Blog
Goles titled his post, "Preparing for a Lawsuit Starts the Day of the Tenant's Application."
August 24, 2012
Seminar Addresses Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
Goles is a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Construction Litigation Practice Groups.
August 18, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Quotes Kincaid on Inland Real Estate GC Brooks
Joseph P. Kincaid was quoted on his attorney-client relationship with Inland Real Estate Corp. General Counsel Beth Sprecher Brooks.
January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.