Mark A. Swantek focuses his practice on insurance coverage and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
In his insurance coverage practice, Mark analyzes and litigates complex coverage issues on behalf of insurance carriers. Mark is experienced in advising and representing primary, excess and umbrella carriers concerning a range of issues, including matters arising from professional liability, intellectual property, product defect, construction defect, pollution liability and catastrophic injury.
Mark also represents clients in a diverse range of commercial litigation. He is experienced in representing financial advisors and broker-dealers in suitability, due diligence, fraud, unauthorized trading and churning cases. Mark has also represented a range of individual and corporate clients, including in matters involving professional liability, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, employment disputes and other business torts.
Mark joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in March 2017. Previously he was an associate at a law firm specializing in insurance coverage. Prior to that, he was with a boutique commercial litigation firm.
While attending The John Marshall Law School, Mark was a member of the John Marshall Law Review. The faculty selected his comment, “A Brave New World: Credit Default Swaps and ‘Voluntary’ Debt Exchanges,” 45 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1227 (2012), for entry into the Scribes Law-Review Award, as the best student piece in The John Marshall Law Review for the 2012-13 academic year. He also participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition in Vienna, Austria, and received CALI Awards for Excellence in Securities Regulation and Administrative Law.
Speeches and Publications
He is a regular contributor to Aronberg Goldgehn's Insurance Coverage Update, including:
"No Coverage for Lean Buyout Lawsuit: Securities Exclusion Applies to Claims Alleging Improper Share Valuation," Insurance Coverage Update, Feb. 25, 2019.
"'Professional Services' Exclusion Bars D&O Coverage for NASDAQ's Mishandling of IPO," Insurance Coverage Update, March 28, 2018.
"Seventh Circuit Rules Background Facts and General Allegations Must Point to a Theory of Recovery to Trigger Duty to Defend," Insurance Coverage Update, May 12, 2017.
Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section's Insurance Coverage Committee, past Vice Chair (2016-2017)
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
Marquette University, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 2009
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- Illinois, 2013
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2013
- Chicago Bar Association
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
- CALI Award for Excellence in Securities Regulation
- CALI Award for Excellence in Administrative Law
- The John Marshall Law Review Scribes Nominee for Best Law Review Comment (2012-2013 academic year )
When not practicing law, Mark likes to explore new restaurants around Chicago, play tennis, wander the lakefront, and really appreciates a nice patio. He also enjoys hiking U.S. National Parks, and is trying to visit as many as he can.
What is one item on your bucket list? Attend Saturday Night Live
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? Sports blogger
What is your favorite place in Chicago? Wrigley Field
What is your favorite restaurant? Riccardo Trattoria in Lincoln Park