Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represents clients in admiralty, maritime and transportation-related matters. The firm serves as correspondents to many international group protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, and handles claims and coverage issues for marine and transportation insurers, including some of the world’s largest shipping lines, towboat operators and logistics companies.
Firm attorneys are experienced in assisting clients in the following matters:
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Defense
  • Cargo Matters
  • Collision and Allision
  • Maritime Liens
  • P&I Cover / Insurance Coverage
  • Inland Marine Claims
  • Limitation of Liability Actions
  • Marina Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Environmental Claims
  • Compliance and Regulatory Matters
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys are always on call and prepared to be on the scene of any casualty for owners and underwriters to prevent their interests from being compromised by delay. The firm’s lawyers work with clients through government investigations, conduct interviews of witnesses, protect evidence and engage experts to preserve claims and defenses.


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, September 12, 2018
Daniel G. Wills, 1959 – 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces with much sadness the death of equity partner Daniel G. Wills. Wills, a partner in the firm's Chicago office, passed away suddenly last week at the age of 59.

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

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.

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