Data Protection and Information Privacy

Data Protection and Information Privacy

Information can be a company’s greatest asset, yet the applicable rules and regulations change constantly and new risks to the security of your information emerge daily. We approach the problems raised by data security on a holistic basis, focused on helping you ensure compliance with privacy statutes and regulations. Whether you need to be HIPAA compliant, conform to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, or are simply concerned about the ever-growing number of state and regulatory provisions, our attorneys routinely help clients develop best practices and appropriately manage their data.

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is a common concern for our clients and Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have led the way in bringing a creative and cost-effective approach to this litigation. As a result, attorneys from our firm were the first to obtain a summary judgment dismissal of BIPA litigation for a client. From our experience, we understand that data disputes arise in many types of contexts and industries. Thus, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to litigation, often leaning on our extensive experience in intellectual property, class action, employment, and product liability litigation to protect your interests.

Our background covers a variety of industries and matters, from drafting FCC compliant privacy policies for music teachers to serving as lead trial counsel in nine-figure data security disputes. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have experience in the full array of potential client needs and stand ready to assist you.

If you have more questions, please contact Bill Patterson or John Arranz.


October 31, 2023
Patterson to Speak at UIC Law's 67th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William D. Patterson will present at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Law's 67th Annual Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law Conference on November 10.

Chicago, St. Louis, April 14, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Sponsors ACC St. Louis Litigation Seminar on Post-Pandemic Litigation
The panel will offer thoughts on how litigators will see their workday change or return to pre-pandemic practices, as well as ways courts will be affected and what new challenges litigators may face.

Chicago, February 2, 2021
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys have been named n to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list and 13 have been named to the Illinois Rising Stars list.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 11, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2021
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, December 3, 2020
Patterson Shares How Santa Monetizes His Intellectual Property
Hosted by the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship, the webinar offered a timely case study for entrepreneurs on how to mind their business and protect their interests.

Chicago, March 17, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Data Protection Newsletter - Work From Home
The latest newsletter focuses on work from home policies.

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, April 3, 2019
Patterson Speaks on Data Privacy at DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium
This year's symposium will focus on "Innovation, Technology, and Developments in the Legal Landscape."

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Chicago, May 28, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Summary Judgment Ruling in Alleged BIPA Violation
The article focused on the recent summary judgment that Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP clients were awarded in a proposed class-action regarding the alleged violation of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Chicago, May 21, 2018
Employees Lose Bid for Statutory Damages for Alleged BIPA Violation Without Proof of "Injury or Adverse Effect"
Attorneys from Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Verticchio & Verticchio Law Office were awarded summary judgment on behalf of their clients in a proposed class-action regarding the alleged violation of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

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