Jonathan  L.  Schwartz

Jonathan L. Schwartz



Practice Groups

Jonathan Schwartz 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, cyber risk, commercial property, business auto and cargo liability, employer's liability, and employment practices liability insurance policies. A mainstay of Jonathan’s practice is extracontractual actions against insurers. Jonathan’s practice has a nationwide focus, as he has represented myriad property and casualty insurers in matters from coast to coast. He is the Chair of the firm's Cyber-Risk Coverage subgroup. Jonathan also has significant appellate experience, based on his experience as a Staff Attorney at the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, as well as his involvement in more than 20 appeals while in private practice. Additionally, Jonathan has experience with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

Jonathan’s background 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 holds a number of significant positions with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), including serving as 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. 

Jonathan is a prolific speaker and writer on recent developments affecting the insurance industry, including authoring articles for publications such as New Appleman on Insurance and DRI’s The Voice and For the Defense. He is also a commentator for Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith. He is the former co-editor of DRI’s Covered Events monthly e-newsletter. 

Jonathan has been recognized on the Illinois Super Lawyers list and is peer-rated AV, the highest possible rating, from Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage), 2016–18
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2012–13, 2015 
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  •      Chair, Insurance Industry Advisory Board, 2016 to present
  •      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. 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