Michael W. Drumke
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Michael is a trial lawyer who is often retained on the eve of trial to provide companies
with a trial option when they need one. He has represented clients in jurisdictions
throughout the country. Michael’s practice focuses on solving complex business
litigation matters, including mass/toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action
and commercial litigation. He has over twenty years’ experience creating and
implementing national litigation strategies for companies named in products and
premises liability litigation, including developing corporate representatives and
defending C-suite executives and key employees.
Michael also serves companies as local counsel, guiding his clients through the
particular challenges of litigating matters in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. He is a
shareholder in the law firm of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in Chicago and is
licensed to practice law in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri,Texas and Pennsylvania. He serves as Co-
Chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell’s Cannabis Law Practice Group. Michael serves as
national trial counsel for defendants in products liability litigation across the country. He
has authored articles and given presentations nationally on the subjects of recent
developments in toxic tort law, class actions, environmental litigation, insurance
coverage issues, trial techniques and cannabis law.
Michael has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort
Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants. He has been named one of the Top 10 Leading
Class Action / Mass Tort Defense Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network
and is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network for Class Actions / Mass Tort
Defense, Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense. Michael has been named
an “Illinois Super Lawyer,” in the areas of Class Action / Mass Torts and Business
Litigation and is Peer Review Rated & "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell.
Michael currently serves as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the American Bar
Association (“ABA”) and as Immediate Past Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance
Practice Section (“TIPS”) Cannabis Law & Policy Committee. He is a Past Chair of
TIPS and a Past Chair of the ABA Section Officers Conference. He has also served as
a Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates since 2015. Michael received his Bachelor
of Arts degree, cum laude, from Tufts University in 1988 and his law degree from the
University of Wisconsin in 1991.
His complete bio can be viewed at: https://www.smbtrials.com/mdrumke.