Appellate Practice

Appellate Practice

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP enjoys a well deserved reputation as one of the elite litigation firms in America. The members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group have made, and continue to make, several important contributions to the firm’s great success. First, the very knowledgeable appellate practitioners are available to provide advice and counsel to the firm’s highly skilled trial lawyers. The members of the Appellate Practice Group are indeed “lawyers’ lawyers.” They stand ready to assist trial counsel in developing and defining issues; in preparing case dispositive motions before trial; in preparing motions in limine to limit the presentation of an opponent’s evidence at trial; in preparing motions for directed findings and verdicts; and in preparing post-trial motions. The efforts of the Appellate Practice Group contribute to success in the trial court and to the creation of a record which is readily defensible in the courts of review.

The Appellate Practice Group is available to provide a client with effective appellate representation in state and federal courts of review throughout our country, including the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., if necessary. This appellate representation is available to clients who were represented in trial courts by other firms as well as to those clients represented by our own skilled trial counsel. A case may first come to the firm when it is approaching trial, when it has been decided, or when it is already on appeal. At any point in the case, the Appellate Practice Group stands ready to assist.

The record compiled by the Appellate Practice Group is quite impressive. Focusing its expertise in written and oral argument nationwide, these extremely capable attorneys have written more than 200 appellate briefs, which have been presented throughout the United States and which have resulted more than 50 published opinions.

Clients and prospective clients certainly have every reason to rely upon the high level of professional competence consistently displayed by the Appellate Practice Group of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.


Chicago, December 22, 2020
Weiler Quoted in Law360 on Biggest Illinois Decisions of 2020
Weiler suggested Nichole Hamby et al. v. Bayer Corp. et al., a Supreme Court of the State of Illinois jurisdictional ruling which found the non-resident plaintiffs had identified "no jurisdictionally relevant links" between their claims over the device and Illinois, reversing circuit and intermediate appellate courts that had allowed the claims to go forward.

Chicago, May 20, 2020
Weiler Speaks at Appellate Lawyers Association Program on Remote Oral Arguments
The virtual luncheon program provides an opportunity to hear from the bench and bar on remote arguments in the Illinois reviewing courts.

Chicago, May 31, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business Names Five Attorneys to Notable Gen X Leaders in Law list
John P. Arranz, Patricia S. Kocour, A. Jay Koehler, Aiju C. Thevatheril and Catherine Basque Weiler were among 121 lawyers in Chicago listed.

Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, March 28, 2019
Kawala, O'Sullivan Named BTI Client Service All-Stars
Kawala and O'Sullivan were two of 335 individual attorneys from 153 law firms nominated to the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2019.

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, December 20, 2018
Law360 Quotes Weiler on Biggest Illinois Decisions of 2018
Weiler named Peraino v. The County of Winnebago et al. as a noteworthy decision this year.

Chicago, September 7, 2018
Law360 Profiles Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP for 2018 Illinois Regional Powerhouse Series
According to the article, "Swanson's attorneys have flexed their muscles in several Illinois courtrooms this year, helping to fend off more than $100 million in claimed damages in several suits rooted in the firm's more institutional areas of practice."

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.

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Chicago, January 24, 2018
Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Trial Court Ruling for Medical Client
The case, which involved vascular surgery, was handled by attorneys William J. Rogers and Valerie Lengerich.

Chicago, January 4, 2018
Schichtel, Weiler Successfully Appeal Apparent Agency Question to Illinois Supreme Court
The related policy issues affect hospitals, medical facilities, and charity care throughout Illinois.

Chicago, November 10, 2017
Lateral Partner, Lateral Associate Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Patrick G. Cooke joins the Chicago office, while Jordan C. Olejniczak joins the Lisle office.

Chicago, August 15, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Appellate Court Ruling in Noncompete Case
According the article, "in a ruling that broke new legal ground Monday, a state appeals panel found that connecting with a former colleague on a social media platform is not enough to violate a noncompete agreement."

Chicago, Lisle, January 5, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Three New Partners
Sullivan practices in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Lisle office, while Lothson and Wahl practice in the firm’s Chicago office.

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 26, 2015
Schichtel, Weiler and Schneider Win Opinion in Illinois Appellate Court for Hospital Client
The opinion affirmed a summary judgment for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client and clarifies the scope of agency law in Illinois.

Chicago, June 25, 2013
Weiler Named Director of Appellate Lawyers Association
Weiler was sworn in earlier this month for a two-year term.

Chicago, January 14, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners, Welcomes New Associate
Aiju C. Thevatheril was elected to equity partnership ranks, while Leanne W. Moore was named a non-equity partner.

Chicago, March 22, 2012
Wills Moderates Judges Panel on Civil Litigation Mistakes
Partner Daniel G. Wills will moderate a panel of 10 distinguished judges for the National Business Institute.

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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