Few attorneys play as key a role in the success of their firms as Marvet Sweis does at Chicago’s Levin & Perconti.
Sweis is director of intake and case management at Levin & Perconti. In this role, she screens more than 700 new client matters each month. She is a key decision-maker in which of these potential cases her firm will investigate. In this role, she must weigh the potential value of each case to make sure that Levin & Perconti takes on the matters most important to the firm’s growth.
“Marvet’s clients rely on her for guidance and support,” said Eric Onyango with Chicago’s Primetime Legal Servivces, LLC. “And the firm’s partners rely on her to create new business opportunities and oversee case management from intake to settlement.”
Sweis is the first attorney contact for clients at Levin & Perconti. She is the one who informs them of their legal options and guides them through the legal process.
And she has not taken this responsibility lightly, according to Onyango.
“Since joining the firm, she has improved the case-intake system, implementing a more efficient process with a focus on frequent client communication,” Onyango said. “Marvet has been credited with vastly improving the firm’s ability to manage and prosecute cases more efficiently and effectively.”
Sweis has helped earn several notable verdicts and settlements for her firm while serving as lead intake attorney. This includes a $3 million verdict in a drowning death of two family members who died in a hotel swimming pool as a result of unsafe conditions. She also served as lead intake attorney for a $750,000 settlement in a nursing-home neglect case involving a 77-year-old woman who suffered a closed-head injury, broken right hip, right scapula fracture and multiple rib fractures.
“At Levin & Perconti, Ms. Sweis is the master and commander of the intake process,” said Abraham Matthew, with the Chicago firm of Matthew & Drnovsek Law, LLC. “She deals with every potential client, every call that turns out to be a marketer, and determines whether it will make the firm money. Her job is to guard the revenue spigot, and ensure that the other attorneys are not caught in the deluge of drama and disaster brought on by client intake.”Sweis is so good at her job, Matthew says, that she has quadrupled the number of clients at Levin & Perconti.
Peter Tessler, project attorney with Chicago’s McDermott,Will & Emery, says that Sweis, even with the key role she has taken on at her firm, still finds time to donate to her industry and to charitable causes. In 2010, Tessler and Sweis worked together as law students to raise more than $3,000 for the Cotland’s Orphanage in South Africa. This orphanage cares for children born HIV positive.
The two also co-hosted a joint reception between the Decalogue Society of Lawyers and the Arab American Bar Association.The event was so successful, that Tessler and Sweis are now making plans to host another event between the organizations.
Retired Judge William J Haddad who has known Sweis her entire life is not surprised by her success, “Ms. Sweis is a dynamic and energetic attorney who is a leader in the profession as well as in her community.”
In addition, Sweis has served on the event-planning committee of the Arab American Bar Association, the Ad-Hoc Committee for the Arab American Middle East Voters Alliance in Chicago and the 2014 Unity Dinner. Associate Dean Judge (retired) Margaret Frossard appointed Sweis to serve on the John Marshall Law School Job Placement Advisory Board. She was also chosen to serve as the Arab American Bar Association’s representative for the Council of Arab Organizations of the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois.