JVR Trial Excellence Awards 2022

Defense Attorney Achievement Awards

Sharon M. Peart Sharon Peart is a trial lawyer who has defended claims involving personal injury and property damage including: construction de- fect, traumatic brain injuries, death, amputation, dental negligence, slip and fall, transportation negligence, Wrongful Tree Cutting Act, Illinois Equine Activity Liability Act, construction injuries and other claims from investigation to resolution. Sharon has taken over 70 cases to verdict. Her litigation experience is not typical or ordinary. In litigation in Southern Illinois, Sharon went under- ground into a working coal mine to view and experience transpor- tation in the mine. Throughout her career Sharon has maintained a strong work ethic and has mentored several young lawyers.

FIRM INFO The law firm of Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP represents business and individual clients in a variety of legal practice areas, including personal injury defense, construction defense, medical malpractice defense, family law and the firm is general counsel to Credit Unions.

Joseph P. Switzer Joseph P. Switzer has been in practice since 1980 and is a found- ing partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. He focuses his prac- tice on medical malpractice and product liability. As primary trial counsel, he has tried numerous complex jury cases to verdict and procured not guilty verdicts in many of these cases. Joe diligently represents a wide range of various physicians, hospitals, and clin- ics in professional negligence cases and large corporations in product and general liability matters. He also represents count- less major insurance clients and many self-insured national and international corporations.

FIRM INFO Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is a nationally recognized litigation firm that successfully assists clients in virtually every industry

by delivering the highest standards of legal services. Since its inception in 1992, the firm has grown to more than 140 attorneys in six locations. With over one thousand tried cases, the firm provides counseling and representation to many large corporations, prestigious institutions, business owners, and individuals in jurisdictions across the United States.


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