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.