Professional Liability

Professional Liability

We understand that professionals don't take negligence allegations lightly. They demand an experienced lawyer to defend them.  Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers have decades of combined experience representing professionals in a variety of proceedings. We aggressively investigate the dispute and work closely with the client to ensure we are the most informed lawyers involved in the case.  If necessary, we research the experts in the field and hire them to confidentially consult with us. Our lawyers help many different kinds of professionals in litigation, disciplinary, and licensing proceedings, including the following: 
  • Attorneys
  • Debt collectors
  • Accountants
  • Directors and Officers
  • Banking / Financial professionals
  • Insurance agents
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors and construction managers
  • Police officers and municipal officials
  • Clergy
  • Educational professionals
  • Property managers
Everything we do is with a possible trial in mind. Trial experience is the hallmark of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, a nationally recognized litigation firm. Lawyers with the firm have tried hundreds of cases to verdict in a wide variety of disputes. Many large corporations and prestigious institutions retain the firm in jurisdictions across the United States.
While trial expertise is what distinguishes Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from other firms, our lawyers also recognize that many clients prefer to stay outside of the courtroom.  Our lawyers create avenues to dispose and resolve of cases short of trial.  We understand that litigation is often expensive and a drain on financial and human resources.  With these realities always in mind, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers listen to our clients in an effort to resolve cases efficiently, and with the client’s interests and preferences always understood and followed.  We will always be ready to try the case—but we also know how to resolve a case before it ever gets that far.

Our lawyers also counsel professionals on avoiding risk.  We lecture frequently at local law schools and bar associations concerning professional liability issues, and often present at risk management seminars.  We understand the various types of risks and work together with professionals to develop a plan for keeping them out of the courtroom.

Please contact Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP for more information about our experience helping professionals. 


Chicago, February 27, 2020
Law360 Profiles New Lateral Partner John Duffy
Duffy shared with Law360 that he "is excited for the bigger footprint that his new firm would provide..." and "emphasized Swanson Martin's 'national reputation of trying cases, including difficult ones involving product manufacturers or professionals.'"

Chicago, February 20, 2020
Legal Malpractice and Product Liability Partner Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Duffy's practice focuses on the defense of attorneys and law firms accused of malpractice or accused of ethical violations.

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, November 2, 2016
Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professional Negligence Claim
Partners William J. Rogers and Catherine Basque Weiler successsfully persuaded the appellate court to affirm the dismissal.

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, May 5, 2015
McCaskey Elected to Board of Directors for Non-Resident Lawyer Division of State Bar of Wisconsin
The Nonresident Lawyers Division provides nonresident members opportunities for participation in the governance of the State Bar.

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