William D. Patterson


Business owners turn to Bill to protect their life’s work. Preserving nearly a billion dollars in value, Bill’s success in litigation has come while safeguarding a variety of businesses, from start-ups to publically traded companies. His clients leverage Bill’s experience in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, and breach of contract disputes to stand up for their businesses.

As co-chair of the firm’s Data Protection and Information Privacy practice group, Bill is widely recognized for his vast experience in intellectual property protection. Bill regularly speaks to business leaders on issues regarding data protection, intellectual property preservation and litigation finance.

Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, Bill was general counsel for Business Logic where he led a four-and-a half-year fight against Morningstar, resulting in a $61 million settlement for his client. He also served as general counsel for the fintech company NextCapital, where he advised the founders on corporate formation, software licensing, intellectual property protection and other corporate issues.

Bill has spent the past 10 years as a volunteer and now a member of the board of directors of Chicago Lights, a Chicago not-for-profit that helps those experiencing homelessness. Bill also enjoys cooking for and spending time with his wife and two children.


Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Class Action Defense
Entertainment and Media Law
General Trial Practice
Data Protection and Information Privacy



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

Chicago, March 10, 2020
Patterson Speaks at Litigation Funding Forum
Patterson's presentation is on "Pitching the Case – A Guide to Finding Litigation Funding."

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, February 3, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2020
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, August 28, 2019
Patterson Speaks on Litigation Finance
Patterson and fellow panelists will offer "A Case Study: How Litigation Funding Saved A Business."

Chicago, April 3, 2019
Patterson Speaks on Data Privacy at DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium
This year's symposium will focus on "Innovation, Technology, and Developments in the Legal Landscape."

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, October 22, 2018
Patterson Addresses Legal Realities in a Virtual World at 2112 Tech Summit
Patterson led "a discussion of known-knowns and known-unknowns in immersive tech."

Chicago, June 21, 2016
IP Newsletter: How the Defense of Trade Secrets Act Impacts Your Business
The Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

Chicago, March 28, 2016
Patterson Speaks at SuperConference on Litigation Finance
Patterson, who was formerly General Counsel at Business Logic, will speak on litigation finance.

Chicago, January 21, 2016
Patterson Authors "Above the Law" Article on Litigation Finance
Patterson discusses three ways litigation finance changes an attorney's job, inside and out.

Chicago, January 18, 2016
Becker, Patterson Lead Tech Talk on New Media
The talk is hosted at 2112, Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

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