Emily J. Fitzgerald

Biography

Emily Fitzgerald manages a diverse practice of general litigation and counseling needs for her clients. She represents businesses and individuals in commercial, financial, and personal disputes. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, business disputes, and the financial aspects of family law. Emily also serves on the firm’s recruiting committee.

Emily is experienced in defending class actions involving consumer protection issues in state and federal court, specifically involving FDCPA issues. She is also experienced in defending manufacturers in multi-plaintiff product liability and chemical exposure lawsuits in numerous venues. Emily counsels business owners on litigation, intellectual property, and employment issues to enable them to focus on their business goals. Emily uses her extensive litigation and trial experience to advance her commercial clients’ interests. She works closely with her clients to develop creative solutions.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Product Liability
Employment Litigation and Counseling
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Family Law

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign, 2019 and 2020 Firm Co-Chair
  • Executive Board Member, American Cancer Society Associate Board of Ambassadors
  • Past President, Law Alumni Board, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Ambassador, Bright Pink

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2014-2015, 2017, 2018

Presentations

  • “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, 2012 and 2013

Publications

  • "Permitted Disclosures Involving Substance Use Treatment Records: What Psychiatrists Need to Know," In Session with Allied World, Summer 2017

News

Chicago, May 1, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
One hundred percent of funds raised will fund CBF grants that support a range of legal services to thousands of people in need.

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

Chicago, January 30, 2020
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys were named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list and another 13 were named to the 2020 Illinois Rising Stars list.

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, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, April 23, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
One hundred percent of funds raised will fund CBF grants that support a range of legal services to thousands of people in need.

Chicago, March 5, 2019
McGovern, Fitzgerald Prevail Before Seventh Circuit in Maritime Contract Case
McGovern and Fitzgerald defended a logistics company in a maritime case involving the international carriage of copper from China to the United States.

Chicago, St. Louis, February 28, 2019
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, September 10, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Sponsors American Cancer Society's Skyline Soiree
Associate Emily J. Fitzgerald is an active member and leader of the ACS' Associates Board of Ambassadors.

Chicago, May 15, 2018
Fitzgerald Gives Remarks at University of Illinois College of Law Convocation Ceremony
She delivered brief remarks welcoming the new graduates into the alumni family, and encouraging them to stay connected to their alma mater.

Chicago, April 16, 2018
University of Illinois College of Law Recognizes Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP on Employer Honor Roll
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP was recognized at Gold Level. The firm currently employs 13 attorneys who are graduates of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Chicago, March 12, 2018
Court Vacates $23 Million Default Judgment Against International Client
McGovern, Fitzgerald secure dismissal for lack of jurisdiction.

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, November 20, 2017
Fitzgerald, Rogers Author Article for "In Session" Insurance Publication
The article focused on "Permitted Disclosures Involving Substance Use Treatment Records: What Psychiatrists Need to Know."

Chicago, February 22, 2017
American Cancer Society Receives 25th Anniversary Donation
ACS funds and conducts cancer research, shares expert information, supports cancer patients and spreads the word about cancer prevention.

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, June 24, 2016
Fitzgerald, Clyder Serve on Illinois Law Alumni Board
The board is comprised of dedicated alumni who support the College of Law’s alumni relations efforts.

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, 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, 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, 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.

November 14, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Joins ILSCCP Mentoring Partnership
The ILSCCP Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program pairs new associates with partners who provide professional guide and practical guidance.

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