James R. Swinehart

Shareholder

Location: Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.606.7469

Biography

Jim has been a lawyer for over 38 years and has specialized in first-party property coverage and litigation throughout the U.S. Within this area, he has handled matters involving property damage, builders risk, valuation, business interruption and extra expense, arson, misrepresentation, environmental and production contamination, and other building damage or problems such as fire, hail, defective construction, collapse, hurricanes, and mold. Jim has practiced in many state and federal courts and has experience in mediation and arbitration. His practice involves substantial dealings with experts in various disciplines and writing opinion letters, motions, and briefs.

Since 1982, Jim has been admitted to the bar for the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of the American Bar Association, including the Sections on Litigation and Tort & Insurance Practice, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is also a member of CLM, DRI, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Jim received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1982 from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.

His interests are running, weightlifting, reading, history, writing fiction, and Notre Dame football. He is a co-founder of the Western Springs Writers Society. He serves on various committees for the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and is a member of its Board of Directors.

Education

  • J.D. University of Toledo College of Law, 1982
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association

Awards

  • Leading Lawyers, 2020
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    T: 312.855.1010 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • New York

    New York 10005

    28 Liberty Street 39th Floor

    New York, New York 10005

    T: 212.805.3900 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Mission Viejo

    California 92691

    27285 Las Ramblas

    Suite 200

    Mission Viejo, California 92691

    T: 949.260.3100 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman

  • Florham Park

    New Jersey 07932

    100 Campus Drive

    Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

    T: 973.410.4130 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 973.410.4169 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Michigan City

    Indiana 46360

    200 Commerce Square

    Michigan City, Indiana 46360

    T: 219.262.6106 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partners: Paige M. Neel, Kimbley A. Kearney

  • Appleton

    Wisconsin 54914

    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

    T: 920.560.4658 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 920.968.4650 Office Managing Partner: Patrick L. Breen

  • Stamford

    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

    T: 203.921.0303 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Matthew J. Van Dusen

  • Tampa

    Florida 33609

    4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, One Urban Center

    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

    T: 813.509.2578 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • San Francisco

    California 94111

    100 Pine Street

    Suite 1250

    San Francisco, California 94111

    T: 415.745.3598 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman

  • Houston

    Texas 77019

    2929 Allen Parkway

    American General Center, Suite 200

    Houston, Texas 77019

    T: 346.229.4612 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Ramy P. Elmasri

  • Boca Raton

    Florida 33434

    7777 Glades Road

    Suite 405

    Boca Raton, Florida 33434

    T: 561.765.5305 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick