Martin Syvertsen


[email protected]

Phone: (312) 360-6827

Fax: (312) 360-6520

I cherish the opportunity to represent a client- to be asked to argue and fight on their behalf. Whether it be negotiating a deal, advising on their path, or trying a case. I am truly interested in my clients, their employees, their work, their mission and how my relationship with them can help their vision. My first priority is to learn about my clients so that I can help them make informed decisions. My experience in litigation and negotiations means that I have the tools to effectively serve my clients- whether they are looking for the best possible result or the most practical result.



Martin is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group, but is an experienced litigator who does not like to define himself solely as a litigator.

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 where he handled numerous appeals, arguing before the Illinois Appellate Court, handled felonies and misdemeanors from their inception through numerous jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. He also served in the Civil Actions Bureau where he was in the Federal Civil Rights and Torts Unit and the Complex Litigation Unit. He represented police officers, public 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 two young kids, repeatedly saving them from themselves with almost no acknowledgment from said children. 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 who was 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 to negotiate with global music companies to secure favorable terms for 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.   

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

  • 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