Jeffrey Swope: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Jeffrey Swope

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Educational Institutions
University Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1967
Law SchoolHarvard University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1970
AdmittedU.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


Boston Bar Association, and former Chair, Colleges and Universities Group
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Bar Association
Social Law Library, President
Greater Boston Legal Services,Inc.
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Trustee and treasurer of Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, a private foundation that makes grants to individuals

BornEvanston, Illinois, 1945

A partner with the Firm since 1977, Jeffrey Swope focuses his practice on representing colleges and universities. In addition to representing his clients in court and administrative actions, he advises them on a wide range of non-litigation matters, including student and faculty issues, internal investigations, federal and state regulatory matters, and government contracting.

In his insurance practice, Mr. Swope emphasizes coverage, rate regulation, and lawyers' professional liability issues. He also maintains a general civil litigation practice for a variety of other clients.

Mr. Swope has served as a trial advisor and judge in trial-practice courses at the Harvard Law School, and as a trial-practice advisor and lecturer at legal education programs for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Swope has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Boston Education Law Lawyer of the Year, and has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication for his work in Commercial Litigation and Education Law since 2005.
•Successful defense against a subpoena in the government's Microsoft antitrust litigation for the research materials of a scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, resulting in the recognition of a privilege for such materials in the First Circuit.

•Reinstatement after appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a $40 million health insurance rate increase denied by the Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner.

•Negotiation of a favorable settlement of a major wrongful-death claim by a student's estate against a university.

•Successful design, and defense at trial and on appeal, of a municipality's no-cost acquisition of the assets of a private water company valued in excess of $4 million through exercise of a purchase option in a nineteenth-century statutory franchise.

•Successful defense in jury trials of complex employee claims for pension rights and wrongful denials of promotion.

Best Lawyers Honors Five Attorneys as 'Lawyer of the Year 2014'
March 7, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Swope Successfully Represents Boston College in Subpoenas of College's IRA Interviews, Reports the National Law Journal
June 4, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Associated Press Notes Jeff Swope's Representation of Boston College in Dispute over IRA Interview Transcripts
September 12, 2012
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010
62 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2010
September 1, 2009
Boston's Best Lawyers Recognizes 29 EAPD Attorneys
July 10, 2009
57 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2009
February 4, 2009
57 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2008
October 10, 2007


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Jeffrey Swope

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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