Mr. Swartz is a member of Public Justice Foundation (Public Justice’s Massachusetts State Coordinator since 1995); American Association For Justice (Co-Chair of AAJ’s Toys and Recreational Equipment Litigation Group 2002-2010); The American Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts since 2008); The Massachusetts Bar Association (member of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee from 1995-1998); The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; The American Bar Association; and The Boston Bar Association, among other associations.
Mr. Swartz' awards and recognitions include: Lifetime Achievement Membership, America's Top 100 Attorneys (2016); Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004 - present); AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated (Marindale Hubbell); Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One Percent (National Association of Distinguished Counsel (2015 - present); Top 100 Litigation Lawyers Massachusetts (American Society of Legal Advocates 2013 - present); Best Attorneys of America Invitation (Rue Ratings 2015); and Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney (National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys 2014).
James Swartz is a dedicated consumer advocate. Mr. Swartz is the Director and a Founding Member of World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s causes and committed to the creation of multidimensional education programs, including “TOYS, YOU and the REAL WORLD”, a bilingual educational curriculum which has been taught in public schools in several states. In this capacity, he has issued an annual “10 Worst Toys” list to alert parents and other consumers to the dangers of unsafe toys. James Swartz is responsible for annual press conferences to advise and educate the public regarding toy hazards. Articles about James Swartz and W.A.T.C.H. have appeared in newspapers and other print media throughout the country, as well as numerous local and national news broadcasts.
Mr. Swartz has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters relating to child, medical and product safety, including “Med Mal and Products Liability: A Dangerous Intersection”, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal; “Medical Instruments And Devices”, Medical Errors And Litigation: Investigation And Case Preparation (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc.); “Danger At Play”, TRIAL; “Fighting Mandatory Arbitration”, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal; “Hazardous Playthings Causing Injury To Children”, Children and Injuries (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc.); “Holding The Electronic Game Industry Accountable For The Deleterious Effects Violent Video Games Can Have On Our Children”, Products Liability Advisory; “The Common Law In The New Millenium—Protecting Our Children”, Civil Trial Practice—Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc.); “Keeping Our Children Safe”, Facts & Findings; “Protecting Our Children”, Products Liability Advisory; and “Supreme Court Rejects Medical Device Preemption”, Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal. Mr. Swartz also provided research and editorial assistance for Toys That Kill (Vintage Books/Random House), a book on toy safety. Mr. Swartz was appointed as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Trial Preparation Tools (James Publishing 2009).
Mr. Swartz has participated in seminars and educational programs for consumers and students, as well as attorneys. Speeches and presentations for Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) programs for legal professionals include “Advanced Litigation Tactics And Procedures” (Ohio CLE — Deerfield Beach, FL); “Trying Your First Or Next Civil Case In The Superior Court” (Massachusetts CLE - Boston, MA; 2006 — 2009; Chair 2008-2009); and “Faces Of The Future Seminar — Be A Better Lawyer For Children” (Georgia CLE - Atlanta, GA).