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
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America: Ones to Watch, 2021-2022

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, September 7, 2021
Fitzgerald Named One Of Crain's Chicago Business' Notable Rising Stars in Law
Fitzgerald is one of 74 Chicago attorneys selected for this honor, which recognizes attorneys who have been partners for five years or less and have demonstrated an impact at their firm and in the community.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, Indiana, August 19, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

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, December 11, 2020
Cooke, Keating Secure Reversal in Illinois Appellate Court of Contempt Order and Trial Court's Enforcement of Unsigned Settlement Agreement
Cooke and Keating obtained the reversal of a contempt order in connection with the enforcement of an unsigned settlement agreement.

Chicago, November 10, 2020
Fitzgerald Named President of American Cancer Society's Associate Board of Ambassadors
Fitzgerald will begin her term in January 2021 and serve for two years as president of ACS' young professional organization.

Chicago, September 21, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Sponsors American Cancer Society's Skyline Soiree
This year's Skyline Soiree was an all-virtual event, aimed at topping previous fundraising totals to continue to save more lives from cancer.

Chicago, Lisle, St. Louis, Madison County, August 20, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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