Martin Syvertsen


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Phone: (312) 360-6827

Fax: (312) 360-6520

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.

- Charles Mingus



Martin is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group, where he prides himself on finding practical solutions for clients and fighting for the best possible outcomes. His favorite part of working at Freeborn is learning about his clients and having Freeborn’s array of expertise available to help them solve problems and achieve their goals. 

Martin started off his professional life exploring a career in architecture before deciding to go to law school. Martin came to Freeborn after serving as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County where he honed his skills in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court level. Martin served in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau handling numerous appeals, arguing before the Illinois Appellate Court, and trying numerous jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. He later served in the Civil Actions Bureau in the Federal Civil Rights and Torts Unit and the Complex Litigation Unit. He represented police officers, elected officials, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, doctors, and county agencies in a wide variety of complex litigation. Martin achieved successful results in federal jury trials and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

Martin earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He served as an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he coached a trial team and was named the law school's Coach of the Year in 2012.

Outside of work, Martin and his wife, Maggie, chase around their young kids. Ideally, Martin would accept every invite to play pick-up basketball or pretty much any other sport.


Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Defended a tool manufacturer brought into a significant personal injury lawsuit after almost all discovery had already been taken. Developed and enacted a plan to build upon previous discovery and built a case through opponents’ experts to extract the client for a minimal settlement.

  • Represented non-profit in negotiating with global music companies to secure licensing rights for a national advertising campaign.

  • Represented multi-national contractors, utility providers, municipal corporations, and management agencies against allegations of OSHA violations, code violations, premises liability, negligence, and contractual disputes within the entire chain of contract. Secured dismissal of claims and negotiated quality settlements.   

  • Represent national managed care organizations in payor-payee disputes. Manage and execute litigation strategy for indemnification and independent contractor claims brought by and against the MCO.

  • Represented primary insurer against declaratory judgment action seeking delayed claims for indemnification and defense. 

  • Assist numerous clients in establishing corporate entities and advise on corporate practice. 

  • Prosecute claims on behalf of national corporation to recover for malfeasance in bid process for public contract. 

  • Defended corporate officer against criminal charges of theft and embezzlement. After engaging in extensive investigation and negotiations, successfully obtained a resolution enabling client to maintain a clean record.  

  • Defended clients against consumer fraud claims related to numerous industries including real estate investors, auto mechanics, and lending. 

  • Defended corporate officer against attempts to pierce the corporate veil in underlying consumer fraud claims.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Steering Committee of the Loyola Academy Bar Association