David J. Welch


David is an associate at the firm’s Chicago office. He practices in general civil litigation with a focus on product liability, construction litigation, and other general tort matters. Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, David was a criminal prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, David gained extensive litigation experience trying numerous bench trials and hundreds of dispositive motions. David also authored twelve appellate briefs and argued successfully in the Illinois Appellate Court. Prior to becoming an attorney, David was a police officer in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

In law school, David worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Paul P. Biebel, Jr. (retired). He also clerked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the complex litigation unit, felony trial division, and narcotics division. David’s undergraduate degree is in accounting and he interned at Ernst & Young, LLP, in both the New York and Chicago offices.


General Trial Practice
Product Liability
Appellate Practice
Fire and Explosion Litigation
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Civil Rights and Governmental Liability

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Deference to the Lower Court: How the Seventh Circuit Improperly Granted Habeas Corpus Relief in Jensen v. Clements, 11 SEVENTH CIRCUIT REV. 231 (2016)


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, 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, July 17, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict in High-Stakes Product Liability Case
The plaintiff asked the jury for between $38 million and $48 million in compensatory damages, and as much as $200 million in punitive damages for a total of over $248 million.

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.

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