Stephen R. Swofford - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Stephen R. Swofford

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Stephen Swofford is an appellate law practitioner. He has handled more than 500 appeals, frequently appearing in the United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Illinois, as well as briefing cases to the Supreme Court of the United States.


Mr. Swofford’s appellate cases encompass a broad range of substantive legal areas, including professional liability, commercial liability, product liability, ERISA litigation and governmental liability cases.


Mr. Swofford has obtained many multimillion-dollar reversals of judgments, including a $26.5 million judgment against an insurance company, a $9.3 million judgment against a major drug company and a $6.4 million judgment against a healthcare organization.


Mr. Swofford is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a national, invitation-only organization recognizing outstanding appellate practitioners. He is also a past President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. As chairman of the Supreme Court Rules Committee of the Appellate Lawyers Association, Mr. Swofford acquired an intimate familiarity with appellate procedures and authored a proposal that resulted in the redrafting of the Illinois rules affecting appeals.


Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 1978, Mr. Swofford served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.

Northwestern UniversityBA 1969John Marshall Law SchoolJ.D. 1975
Illinois Appellate Lawyers AssociationAmerican Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Office Location

222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Chicago Metro Area
Stephen R. Swofford has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Other Information

Gender: Male