Jonathan  L.  Schwartz

Jonathan L. Schwartz



Practice Groups

Jonathan L. Schwartz is the chair of the firm's Cyber Risk Coverage subgroup and a partner in the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Global Insurance Services Practice Groups. Jonathan concentrates his practice on insurance coverage litigation and counseling, including primary and excess commercial general liability, professional liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers liability, municipal and law enforcement liability, cyber risk, commercial property, business auto and cargo liability, employer's liability, and employment practices liability insurance policies. A mainstay of his practice is extracontractual actions against insurers, and his extensive experience includes defending insurance agents and brokers against errors and omissions claims, as well as experience with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. With a nationwide focus, his clients include myriad property and casualty insurers from coast to coast. 

As a former staff attorney at the Illinois Appellate Court, Jonathan brings a significant understanding of appellate strategy and the appeals process to all of work, and frequently represents and counsels clients in appellate matters. He has handled more than 25 appeals throughout his time in private practice.

Jonathan’s background also includes working as in-house counsel at a captive coverage firm for a major insurance company. This experience provides him with an insider’s perspective and specialized knowledge of performance expectations and the intricacies of the insurer-insured relationship.  

Jonathan has held and currently holds numerous significant positions with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), including serving as vice chair of the 2018 Insurance Roundtable, chair of the 2014 Insurance Coverage Practice Symposium, and vice chair of the 2014 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute. He is also the chair of the Insurance Law Committee's Insurance Industry Advisory Board and is a longtime member of the Insurance Law Committee's Steering Committee. A prolific speaker and writer on recent developments affecting the insurance industry, Jonathan frequently authors articles for publications such as New Appleman on Insurance and DRI’s The Voice and For the Defense, and is a commentator for Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith. Jonathan is also a regular host of Goldberg Segalla’s Timely Notice podcast, the insurance industry’s on-the-go source for sharp takes and expert analysis of the latest trends, breaking news, and sea-changes in global insurance law and the insurance marketplace. 

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2018–19
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Insurance Coverage, 2016–19
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2012–13, 2015 
  • Leading Lawyers "Emerging Lawyer" — Computer and Technology Law; Insurance, Insurance Coverage, and Reinsurance Law; 2018 to present
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  •      Chair, Insurance Industry Advisory Board, 2016 to present
  •      Vice Chair, DRI Insurance Roundtable, 2018
  •      Chair, Insurance Coverage Practice Symposium, December 2014
  •      Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, April 2014
  •      Chair, Insurance Law Committee’s Advertising Injury and Personal Injury Subcommittee, 2011–15
  •      Insurance Law Committee Steering Committee, 2010 to present
  •      Co-Editor, Covered Events, October 2008 – November 2012
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
Admitted to Practice
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern (Trial Bar member), Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits 
Community Involvement
  • George Washington University Luther Rice Society Advisory Council: Member, 2012–14
  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni: Board Member, 2011–13
  • George Washington University Chicago Alumni Club: Co-Chair, 2009–12
  • Assistant Coach of the Whitney Young Magnet High School Policy Debate Team: Assistant Coach,  2011–12
  • Orchard Park Townhome Association: Former President 
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
  • George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, B.A., 2002
Presentations and Publications