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James L. Svajgl

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Mr. Svajgl devotes his litigation practice to the defense of wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases in both state and federal court. As a shareholder in the firm's Chicago office and Co-Chair of the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group, his practice emphasis is in toxic tort, medical malpractice, and general liability defense. His representative clients include product manufacturers, premises owners, and contractors facing complex, multi-party litigation. He also serves as national coordinating counsel and local counsel in the defense of asbestos claims brought against clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. Mr. Svajgl has first chaired personal injury actions and second chaired medical malpractice cases in Illinois. He has a wealth of experience handling all aspects of litigation defense, including oral argument, depositions, and motion practice. Mr. Svajgl recently was selected as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation given to only 2.5% of practicing attorneys in the state.


  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2012-2018)
  • CALI Awards: Trial Advocacy II; Constitutional Process II; Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Strategy; International Protection of Human Rights
  • Moot Court Team, DePaul University College of Law

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2006)

University of Northern Iowa, B.A. (2001)


  • Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006