Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP partner Michael W. Drumke has been named chair of the Cannabis Law and Policy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of American Bar Association (ABA) for a one-year term.
Mr. Drumke will also serve as program co-chair for the ABA’s first-ever national program focused on cannabis law, titled "From Regs to Riches: Navigating the Rapidly Emerging Fields of Cannabis & Hemp Law," on September 19-20 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. He will also moderate an ethics panel at the program titled, "Ethics – Keeping Your License AND Your Cannabis Clients."
Mr. Drumke’s practice focuses on complex business litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action, and commercial litigation. He serves as national trial counsel in mass tort litigation across the country and has served as national coordinating counsel for manufacturers in asbestos-related litigation and lead counsel for several premises owners named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. He has represented clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Drumke has authored various articles and spoken at over two dozen programs on subjects such as cannabis law, toxic torts, class actions, punitive damages, declaratory relief, trial techniques, asbestos medicine, civil conspiracy claims, §524(g) bankruptcy trusts, and procedural issues in multi-district litigation. He has served as chair for a number of programs on trial advocacy, class actions, and mass torts.
Mr. Drumke has also received many awards. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of 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 action/mass tort defense law, product liability defense law and toxic torts defense law For over ten years, he has been named as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” in the field of class action/mass tort and he is A/V Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received the “Bill of Rights in Action Award,” from the Chicago Constitutional Rights Foundation in 2008 and the "Innovative Excellence in National CLE Programming Award," from the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in 2004. In 2005, he was named to the Law and Public Service Honor Roll of the ABA TIPS. In 2001, he was recognized as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch,” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.