Alexander Sweis is an outstanding trial attorney with more than a dozen jury trials to his credit. Clients of McKenna Storer appreciate the hard work, precision and thorough preparation that he brings to every matter that he handles. His accessibility to clients and willingness to take the time to discuss their cases with them is in keeping with the firm’s focus on transparency in attorney relationships with clients.
Alexander Sweis has distinguished himself as a trial attorney with 13 jury trials that went to verdict. Two of Alex’s verdicts were singled out for publication in the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter. He has also represented clients in more than 100 arbitrations. His practice focuses on a broad spectrum of practice areas, including insurance defense, professional liability and business services.
Home and family are very important to Alex, so he tries to take time from his busy professional schedule to spend it with his family. He also enjoys following Chicago sports teams and watching movies.
- Cook County Mandatory Arbitration, certified arbitrator
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Claims Litigation Management
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017 – 2021
Phi Alpha Theta International History Honors Fraternity, DePaul University Chapter: President 2004-2005
John Marshall Order of the Coif distinction – graduating in top 12% of class
- DePaul University, B.A. History (Pre-law), 2005
- The John Marshall Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 2009
- State of Illinois
- USDC – Northern District of Illinois
Personal Transportation — Insurance Services
Defense representation of personal automobile drivers involved in collisions with claimants alleging major injuries and wrongful death.
Automobile and Real Property Claims — Insurance Defense
Representation of Insurance companies to recover amounts paid out on automobile policies and residential policies.
Commercial Transportation — Insurance Defense, Commercial Transportation Law
Defense of commercial transportation companies in litigation stemming from accidents in which claimants alleged major injuries or wrongful death.
April 2015, IDC, Spring Symposium Seminar “Ethics and Social Media,” preparation of PowerPoint
News and Articles
- Three Level Cervical Fusion Surgery Policy Demand: Settled for High Costs of DefenseAttorney Alex Sweis recently settled a high exposure cervical fusion claim for a high cost of defense, take it or leave it offer. The plaintiff in the case allegedly sustained cervical herniations at levels C3-C6.
- Alexander Sweis Named Partner at McKenna StorerMcKenna Storer is pleased to announce the appointment of their newest partner, Alexander Sweis. An outstanding trial attorney, Alexander is known for his precision and thorough preparation. His clients value his hard work, dedication, and accessibility. Alexander has been with the firm since 2011.
- When an Expedient Settlement in an Insurance Defense Case Works BestIn just eight weeks, McKenna Storer attorney Alex Sweis delivers an expedient settlement with optimal results for his insurance client.
- Is Deposing a Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians Worth it?Plaintiff’s 213F disclosures will contain the treating physicians that plaintiff intends to call at trial. These “treaters” are the physicians who treated the plaintiff for his alleged injuries. These can range from emergency room physicians, primary care doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, pain doctors and physical therapists.
- Motor Carriers May Be Liable for State Unemployment Taxes for Trucking Independent Contractors in Illinois and ElsewhereConsider these facts: an over-the-road truck driver signs an independent contractor operating agreement with a national trucking company to transport freight. Later, the over-the-road truck driver accidentally hits a utility pole, causing property damage to the owner of the trailer, and leading to termination of the independent contractor operating agreement.
- Tis the Season for Insurance Year-end SettlementsWhen the holiday season rolls around, most people think of thanksgiving dinners, Christmas shopping and spending time with family and friends. As folks prepare for the holiday season, insurance defense counsel prepare for the increased potential for year-end insurance settlements. Both the plaintiffs and the defendants have incentives for settling cases before the beginning of […]
- HOW TO INVESTIGATE A CLAIMANT’S MEDICAL HISTORYEvery personal injury lawsuit has two areas of investigation: liability and damages. The majority of a claimant’s damages consist of medical treatment. Before insurance defense counsel can completely prepare for a claimant’s deposition, he or she must obtain an accurate picture of claimant’s medical history for the alleged injury.
- Insurance Companies: Avoid Big Headaches and Take Control Over Your Small-Insurance Claims ManagementInsurance adjusters are swamped with claims of all sizes, but not every claim is a major injury or a wrongful death. Some claims could be small, soft tissue claims with $3,000 in medical bills or a $2,000 rear-end subrogation action. These claims are usually filed in the small claims division of the courts. In Cook […]
- Client Reporting by a Insurance Defense Attorney: When to Report, Not IfInsurance defense counsel must always keep the lines of communication open with their carriers and be diligent in responding to client inquires. Client reporting is a mandatory task every defense attorney must perform. The various stages of litigation call for different reporting periods. Also, new material information or events could call for extra client reporting.
- Potential Trap For Litigation Defense: Taking Care of Lienholders in SettlementsSettling a personal injury lawsuit is the usually the objective for litigation defense attorneys. When the case gets settled, the defense attorney must review the entire file for all liens whether they are medical or otherwise. Protecting a medical provider’s lien is a duty, not only of the plaintiff’s attorney, but also of the defense […]
- Incorporating Venue Into A Litigation Defense Strategy: Finding Friendly CountiesKnowing the law applicable to a particular case and having a solid litigation defense strategy from which to work are keys to the success of most litigation defense counsel. It is also important for defense attorneys to familiarize themselves with the verdicts and procedures of particular counties to recognize when a request for a change […]
- Alternate Dispute Resolution: The Road Less TraveledSettlement is by far the most common method by which civil cases are resolved. However, some civil lawsuits seem destined to find their way to a courtroom for trial and, ultimately, to a jury deliberation room for a verdict. The one common denominator of many civil cases that end in a jury verdict is the […]
- Social Media: New Tool for Litigation Defense AttorneysFor decades, private investigators have been the time-honored method for gathering evidence to verify or refute the claimed severity of a plaintiff’s injuries. Conducting an investigation took time and added another expense to the cost of litigation services. Today, social media platforms allow defense attorneys to gather information about the personal life of a […]
- Video Evidence: A Double-Edged Sword For Insurance AdjustersEvery breaking news story that might have been reported through eyewitness accounts now features at least one or more videos of the actual event shot by onlookers. Every person with a smartphone or other camera-equipped digital device is a potential source of a video clip for the evening news.
- McKenna Attorney Speaks to John Marshall Law StudentsOn November 10, 2014, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Young Lawyers Division, hosted a event at The John Marshall Law School entitled, “Finding and Ensuring Success in Your First Position”. McKenna attorney Alex Sweis presented as a practioner in the civi litigation insurance defense area. Alex gave advice on job searching and networking. […]
- McKenna Attorney Receives Favorable Verdict in Admitted Liability CaseAlex Sweis successfully kept a lid on damages in an admitted liability case. The Plaintiff asked for medical specials of almost $20,000 plus $325,000.00 of pain and suffering and loss of normal life. Alex succeeded in getting a verdict for $250,000 less then requested.
- Justice Department Not So Friendly to the Friendly SkiesAfter recent airline mergers of Delta and Northwest (2008), Continental and United (2010), and Southwest and AirTran (2011), the Feds say not so fast to American Airlines and US Air. Full Article
- Google Tells Gmail Users to Expect No PrivacyGmail users should not expect any privacy when they use Gmail to send messages.