Susan E. Sullivan


Susan Sullivan is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Susan leads the firm's Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Practice Group and focuses her practice on the civil rights defense of individual defendants and governmental entities, medical negligence and healthcare defense, and general tort defense and trial practice. Susan’s practice includes representation of the municipalities and individual police officers in Section 1983 civil rights cases, including defending against Monell policy claims. Susan also has extensive experience litigating medical malpractice cases and general tort cases, including wrongful death claims and catastrophic injury cases. Susan has tried numerous cases as lead attorney, achieving successful verdicts in both state and federal court.

Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Susan served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department’s Individual Defense Division and Tort Division. In that role, Susan tried fifteen cases to verdict in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division and the Circuit Court of Cook County and prepared numerous cases for trial including wrongful death cases, shooting cases, and cases involving high media exposure. Susan also successfully argued numerous motions for summary judgment, including in wrongful death cases.


Civil Rights and Governmental Liability
General Trial Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 100 Club of Chicago


Chicago, January 16, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2019
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, Libertyville, March 30, 2012
Goles, Sullivan Speak at Lake County Bar Association CLE
Sullivan will address civil rights litigation and Goles will speak on dangerous and unsafe structures.

Chicago, May 6, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Elects Three New Partners
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the elevation of Richard J. Keating, Jr., Susan E. Sullivan and Catherine Basque Weiler to partner.

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