Pharmaceutical and Medical Device

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device

Our reputation and track record for trying complex and scientific cases to verdict is why the medical device and pharmaceutical industry regularly calls upon Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in high-stakes product liability litigation.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is a firm of accomplished trial attorneys who have tried more than 1,000 cases to verdict in 35 states. We have litigated cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The firm has appeared or managed cases in almost every major venue in the United States and has over 120 lawyers who focus on litigation and trial.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys serve as coordinating counsel in national and/or multi-district litigation, regional counsel, specialized “science counsel” and local trial counsel. Often Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers are called upon to appeal as local trial counsel just prior to trial in state courts throughout Illinois.

Among the pharmaceuticals and medical devices Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have litigated are:

Medical Devices
  • Surgical mesh
  • Implantable contraceptives (Norplant)
  • Radial and astigmatic keratotomy
  • Manual lamellar keratoplasty
  • Lasik
  • Gadolinium-based contrast agents
  • Surgical tacks, staples, screws, plates
  • Catheters
  • Shoulder arthroplasty components
  • Latex gloves
  • Sterilizer ovens
  • Total hip arthroplasty components
  • Hip resurfacing components
  • Metal-on-metal orthopedic implants
  • Orthopedic knee implants
  • Blood glucose monitors
  • Balloon catheters
  • Silicone breast implants 
  • DES
  • DTP vaccine
  • Pradaxa
  • Depakote
  • Allopurinol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Halothane
  • Premarin
  • Inderal
  • Prozac
  • Fen-Phen
  • Intravenous bisphosphonates
  • Tetanus toxoid vaccine
  • Heparin
Firm clients have assigned our attorneys to specialized trial teams and expert development teams for their recurrent national and multi-district litgation.

In addition, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have become leaders on the doctrine of preemption, receiving several favorable decisions in federal courts throughout the United States.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has used its litigation teams – among them trial counsel who are Fellows with the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Trial Advocates – and specialized nurse-paralegals to coordinate hundreds of cases nationally. Moreover, our attorneys’ experience and familiarity with Illinois state and federal judges is unmatched.


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, April 10, 2019
Law360 Profiles New Lateral Partner Will Greubel
"What I was looking to do was just continue to grow my practice in the area of professional negligence and other related areas like medical device litigation and also to learn from a new group of people and be at a bigger firm with more options and resources available," Greubel said.

Chicago, March 27, 2019
Lateral Partner Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice
William P. Greubel, III will focus on Medical Negligence and Healthcare.

Chicago, August 27, 2018
Schichtel Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine
Schichtel's profile, titled "Methodically Educating Juries in Medical Malpractice Defense," focuses on her career path and defense of clients in Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Product Liability and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device matters.

Chicago, November 1, 2017
Best Lawyers Recognizes Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury, Product Liability Practices
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP received the firm a National Tier 2 ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants.

Chicago, Indiana, October 6, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Opens Indiana Office
The trial firm, which celebrates 25 years in business in 2017, already boasts more than 130 attorneys between its downtown Chicago headquarters and its other offices in Illinois and Missouri.

Chicago, October 2, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Continued Growth
In recognition of its 25th anniversary year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has made a monthly donation to a non-profit with whom the firm has a strong relationship.

Chicago, July 27, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Four Lateral Attorneys
The four women range in practices from Medical Negligence and Healthcare or Toxic Tort Litigation.

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Chicago, December 11, 2015
Monaco Speaks on Carbon Nanotubes at HarrisMartin Conference
The conference focused on emerging toxic tort litigation.

Chicago, August 19, 2015
Monaco Named TIPS' Product Liability Committee Vice Chair
He will serve as Vice-Chair for 2015-2016.

Chicago, October 24, 2014
Schichtel Honored with Two Awards in October
Schichtel received awards from the Jury Verdict Reporter and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, April 19, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Awarded Summary Judgment in Trace Benzene Case
The Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County rejected the plaintiffs' claim that trace amounts of benzene in the defendant's aerosols and liquids led the decedent to develop acute myeloid leukemia.

Chicago, August 6, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Drumke Elected Vice Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Drumke's term commences a three-year leadership track as an ABA Section Officer.

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