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   3John L. SwartzSpringfield(217) 525-1571jlswartz@giffinwinning.comjlswartz@giffinwinning.comGiffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PCwww.giffinwinning.comwww.giffinwinning.comswartz.jpgBankruptcy & Workout Law: CommercialCommercial LitigationCreditor's Rights/Commercial Collections LawGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawReal Estate Law: Commercial
John L.
Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC
1 W Old State Capitol Plz Ste 600
Springfield IL 62701
Ph.(217) 525-1571 Fx.(217) 525-1710
Recommended by peers in:
Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial
Commercial Litigation
Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Real Estate Law: Commercial
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Swartz brings more than 25 years of legal experience to bear on his clients' legal issues. His practice includes bankruptcy, creditors' rights, real estate, corporate and municipal law.

He joined the firm as an associate in 1977, and became a partner in 1983. Since 1992, his practice has included service as a member of the standing panel of bankruptcy trustees for Chapter 7 cases filed in the Springfield division of the United States Bankruptcy Court, where he has handled over 4000 cases as trustee. He has written a number of articles on bankruptcy law and has spoken to civic and business groups regarding pending bankruptcy matters.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, having held several offices in the club, including president. He has served as president of the board ofdirectors of the Hope School, a school for children who have multiple handicaps. He has served on the board of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and a number of other civic and charitable organizations.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois (1971)
US Supreme Court (1975)
US District Court (1973)
US Court of Appeals 7th Circuit (1981)

Hourly Rate:  $151-250

Retainer:  Varies by case

Year of Birth:  1945

Law School:  University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1971
Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.A., 1968
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Beta Kappa

Employment History:  
1971-1973: staff counsel, Illinois House of Representatives
1973-1977: staff member. Illinois State Appellate Defenders Office
1977-present: Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes PC

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
Sangamon County Bar Association
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
American Bankruptcy Institute

Community Involvement:  
Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Response Team (board of directors)
Rotary Club of Springfield (president, 1991-92)
Hope School (board of directors, 1993-2000)

Published Legal Writing:  
"Fairness for whom? Administration of the Fairness Doctrine, 1967-70." 14 Boston College Industrial & Commercial Law Review 457 (1972-3)

Firm Description:  
Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. engages in a substantial litigation practice in Federal and State courts; legislative and governmental affairs practice; real estate development; transactional, business, commercial and banking practice; and agricultural economics practice. Clients include insurance companies, trade associations, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, business enterprises, distributors, professional and consulting firms, general contractors, health care facilities, transportation companies, real estate developers, governmental units and universities.

The firm's attorneys maintain practice in wide-ranging areas of the law. Where appropriate, the firm is able to combine the specialties of several areas of law to provide a comprehensive approach to problem solving.

The law firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. was founded in 1911 and has provided quality legal services for over 90 years. The firm counts among its former members and associates a current U.S. Senator from Illinois, congressmen, judges and prominent private and governmental leaders.

One of the strongest assets of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. is the wide range of interests and diversity of backgrounds our attorneys bring to the firm. Members of the firm have been recruited from the ranks of governmental agencies, prosecutors, and clerks for judges. Our attorneys serve on the boards of professional, cultural, educational and civic groups.

Members of the firm have written articles for West Publishing Company, numerous pieces for Association newsletters and law journals. Firm members have also conducted seminars for Illinois Institute for Continuing Education and are active in both state and local Bar Associations.

Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P. C. is a member of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group, a nonprofit membership association consisting of fifty independent law firm members located in or near their respective state capitals as well as international representatives. The Group was formed to allow its members to share information and expertise about the practice of law before various legislative, judicial, administrative, regulatory and executive bodies in the represented capital cities. The Group facilitates communications between members to improve their ability to serve the needs of their individual clients.

There are over 4,000 attorneys in the member firms in the United States and 60 countries worldwide. Member firms of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group practice independently and not in a relationship for the joint practice of law.

We offer validation for parking in the lot directly behind our building. There is also plenty of on-street metered parking available.

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