Timothy S. McGovern


Timothy S. McGovern heads the Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation Law practice group. Tim received a master’s license in 1996 and served as Captain of the M/V Spirit of Chicago, a 200-foot long vessel carrying up to 675 passengers and crew. Tim began practicing law in 2001. He has many reported decisions and has argued successfully before courts in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Tim is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, President of the Propeller Club for the Port of Chicago, and an Adjunct Professor of Admiralty Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.


Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Maritime Law Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Propeller Club - Port of Chicago


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

Chicago, September 16, 2016
McGovern Represents Vessel Owner in Lawsuit Against International Container Line
The vessel owner alleges that the container line breached its charter party by failing behind on over $1.7 million in charter hire payments for the vessel.

Chicago, March 22, 2016
McGovern, Wills Earn Appellate Victory in Legal Malpractice Case
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin included a front-page article on the result.

Chicago, June 28, 2013
McGovern Represents School District in Flood Damage Lawsuit
Damage from April flooding forced an elementary school to close for the remainder of the school year.

Chicago, January 21, 2013
McGovern, Maritime Law Professors Submit Amicus Brief to United States Supreme Court
McGovern was one of 36 maritime law professors who submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.

Chicago, May 9, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article Profiles McGovern
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin profiled Timothy S. McGovern and his admiralty law practice in a recent issue.

Chicago, April 28, 2011
McGovern to Chair Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation Practice Group
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of Timothy S. McGovern to the firm.

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