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Jack B. Swerling

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Biography

Jack B. Swerling is an active Columbia criminal attorney, litigator, writer, and lecturer. He focuses his legal practice on criminal cases in state and federal courts and a select group of civil cases. Mr. Swerling has been a member of the South Carolina Bar and licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of South Carolina since 1973.

In recognition of his work, he has been honored by election to several prestigious organizations that only invite attorneys into their ranks who have been subjected to a rigorous investigation of the lawyer's experience, demonstrated skill, and character.

- He has been selected to be a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

- He was named a South Carolina Super Lawyer in criminal defense and is also listed in Naifeh and Smith's The Best Lawyers in America in the area of criminal defense.

Mr. Swerling is one of only 70, South Carolina lawyers who are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top five percent of trial lawyers in the United States. He is one of only five lawyers in South Carolina in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, one of only three lawyers in South Carolina in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and one of only five South Carolina Lawyers in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The International Academy is limited to 600 lawyers worldwide.

Mr. Swerling lectures frequently at continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges, and speaks at schools, civic organizations, and professional groups. He has written several books on criminal practice.

Previous Work

Prior to establishing his current law firm in 1991, Jack Swerling was a partner in the law firm of Swerling, Harpootlian and McCulloch. Prior to that he practiced law for ten years with his former partner and mentor, the late State Senator Isadore Lourie.

Professional Association Memberships & Activities

- Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession

- South Carolina Supreme Court Docketing Task Force

- Richland County Bar Association (Chairman, Criminal Law Committee, 1989-1991)

- American Bar Association (Member, Section of Criminal Justice)

- South Carolina Bar (Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1985-1986)

- American Association for Justice

- South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1981-1984)

- South Carolina Bar Foundation (Life Fellow and Past President)

- Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

- South Carolina Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (a founding member)

- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

- American Judicature Society

- John Belton O'Neil Inn of Court

- South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline 1989-1993

- South Carolina Supreme Court's Rules Committee

- South Carolina Board of Law Examiners, 1987-1992

- South Carolina Pre-Trial Intervention Advisory Committee, 1980-1982

- South Carolina Legislative Committee on Indigent Defense, 1990-1995

- South Carolina Uniform Jury Charge Project, 1991-1994

- Chairman, South Carolina Criminal Docket Committee

- Advisory Committee, The Child Victim Court Notebook, 1987

and Former President); Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member); American College of Trial Lawyers; American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (48)

  • Criminal Law
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bank Fraud
  • Burglary
  • Controlled Substances Law
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Offenses
  • Drug Forfeiture
  • Extortion
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Fraud and Deceit
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Hit and Run
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Tax Fraud
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • White Collar Crime
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
803-587-8135  Phone
(803) 799-4059  Fax
www.jackswerling.com
Admission:
1973, South Carolina and U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
Richland County (Chairman, Criminal Law Committee, 1989-1991) and American (Member, Section of Criminal Justice) Bar Associations; South Carolina Bar (Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1985-1986); American Judicature Society; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1981-1984); South Carolina Criminal Trial Lawyers Association; The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Judicature Society; John Belton O'Neil Inns of Court (Master Bencher). Fellow: South Carolina Bar Foundation (Life
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., May 30, 1946
ISLN:
903284521

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/13/17

    Jack and his staff are the best. They cared for us as individuals not just another person needing help. They took the time to listen to my mom who can talk, no one else w... Read more

    Jack and his staff are the best. They cared for us as individuals not just another person needing help. They took the time to listen to my mom who can talk, no one else would have done that. But most of all I would say jack is like no one else, he is the best lawyer in the world and especially south Carolina. I would recommend him over any other lawyer, he believed in me and found the truth in all the evidence to prove that I was not guilty. For this I will always be grateful. Thank you jack.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 02/21/17

    Jack was great to deal with and never gave up to provide my son with a full dismissal of charges. His entire staff made a very difficult time in our lives, much easier t... Read more

    Jack was great to deal with and never gave up to provide my son with a full dismissal of charges. His entire staff made a very difficult time in our lives, much easier to deal with. I would highly recommend Jack and his team.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 01/30/17

    Jack worked hard for us and gave us hope when we had none. He believed in us and he put his heart into his work for us. We will forever be grateful to him and we thank Go... Read more

    Jack worked hard for us and gave us hope when we had none. He believed in us and he put his heart into his work for us. We will forever be grateful to him and we thank God everyday for leading us to Jack.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 01/30/17

    Jack Swerling is a very dedicated attorney. He has great presence, knowledge and endurance both in the courtroom and out. Clients, other attorneys, and judges all know an... Read more

    Jack Swerling is a very dedicated attorney. He has great presence, knowledge and endurance both in the courtroom and out. Clients, other attorneys, and judges all know and have great respect for Jack. He is a very busy attorney, however, he always finds time to talk to you on the phone, answer emails, text messages, or return your call as soon as possible.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 08/19/16

    Jack Swerling's reputation alone gives his client's a edge in the court system. the man is the master of knowledge in court proceedings. he responds to all phone calls, v... Read more

    Jack Swerling's reputation alone gives his client's a edge in the court system. the man is the master of knowledge in court proceedings. he responds to all phone calls, very informative, excellent staff and the other side absolutely understands he will push it to the limit to defend his client. I would highly recommend Jack Swerling not only is he a GREAT attorney but a dam fine man.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 08/19/16

    Jack and his team became more like family each time we met. They are so professional and organized. They covered all the bases and looked under every rock to defend me. A... Read more

    Jack and his team became more like family each time we met. They are so professional and organized. They covered all the bases and looked under every rock to defend me. At my trial they were amazing to watch and although it was very stressful they kept me calm and upbeat. To say I could not have gotten through it without them would be an understatement. I can never thank them enough.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 12/27/15

    Superb professional. Easy to communicate with. Read more

    Superb professional. Easy to communicate with.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 12/17/15

    I've had to deal with many, many lawyers over the years and Jack Swerling is honestly the best. He is extremely responsive and answered or returned every one of my calls.... Read more

    I've had to deal with many, many lawyers over the years and Jack Swerling is honestly the best. He is extremely responsive and answered or returned every one of my calls. He goes above and beyond and does exactly what he says he will do. I didn't think it was possible for me to find a lawyer that I could trust and rely on until I met Jack. There were tens of thousands of documents in my case and his attention to detail was superb. I would refer Jack's services to anyone in need.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 12/10/15

    He is the best. He fought hard for me and he believed in me. He kept me updated on everything that was going on. He always returned my phone calls. I knew I could count o... Read more

    He is the best. He fought hard for me and he believed in me. He kept me updated on everything that was going on. He always returned my phone calls. I knew I could count on him.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 11/25/15

    Mr. Swerling was very responsive and accessible. He also provided access to excellent resources in the area. Jack is very knowladgable of the law and very supportave of... Read more

    Mr. Swerling was very responsive and accessible. He also provided access to excellent resources in the area. Jack is very knowladgable of the law and very supportave of his clients.

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