Eric S. Pistorius


Eric S. Pistorius is a partner in the firm’s Madison County, Illinois office. He focuses his practice on mediation and arbitration.

Eric is a retired resident circuit judge in Jersey County, Illinois and was Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit for 2019-2020. He served on the bench for 15 years after being appointed in 2005 by the Illinois Supreme Court. In this role, he presided over, among all other matters, personal injury cases involving toxic torts, products liability, medical negligence and auto, homeowner and business negligence claims throughout the Seventh Circuit.

In his 21 years as an attorney, Eric, who began his career with Bernard & Davidson in Granite City, Illinois before returning to his hometown of Jerseyville, had a significant personal injury practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In addition, based on his experience, Eric was asked and served as a third arbitrator in multiple personal injury cases in the Metro East area.

Using his experience as a judge who presided over 25 jury trials as well as an attorney with over 50 jury trials to his credit, Eric also has a mediation/arbitration practice. This involves him serving as a neutral third party who works with both parties to settle complex disputes and resolve differences amicably. Eric’s unique insight as a former judge and practicing attorney experienced in a broad range of matters allow him to tailor the mediation process to the needs of each side.


Civil Rights and Governmental Liability
Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy
General Trial Practice
Mediation Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Product Liability
Toxic Tort Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois Judge Peer Mentor


  • Speaker, Internet Evidence, Educational Conference for Illinois Judges, 2018


Chicago, March 3, 2021
Retired Jerseyville Judge Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP as Partner
Pistorius is a retired resident judge of the Seventh Circuit in Jersey County, Illinois. He served on the bench for 15 years after being appointed in 2005.

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