William (Bill) Swallow has been a litigator and trial attorney for ten years. Since 2010, Bill has focused his practice on the defense of complex product liability matters. Bill is experienced in the handling and defense of mass toxic-tort personal injury cases in state and federal courts throughout the country with significant first-chair trial experience. Bill’s experience includes handling catastrophic injury and death cases incurred through occupational exposure to asbestos.
Bill has acted as local and national trial counsel for companies involved in multi-state litigation involving products liability, and in that capacity has developed lay, expert and corporate witnesses to be used in his clients’ defenses nationwide. He has also served as liaison counsel facilitating the defense of product and fiber suppliers involved in mass tort litigation. Bill has conducted and defended numerous depositions of lay, expert and corporate witnesses and is skilled at all stages of stages of litigation from inception through jury trial and post-trial motions.
Bill began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, where he wrote over 50 appellate briefs, successfully arguing multiple cases in front of Illinois’ First District Court of Appeals, and authoring appellate briefs that were the basis of two published appellate opinions. He also tried over 300 misdemeanor and felony bench and jury trials.
- United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
- J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law, 2007
- B.S., Olivet Nazarene University, 2004