Swerling, Jack Bruce
Address: 1720 Main Street Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201
Lawyer Firm: Jack Bruce Swerling
|Areas of Practice||Federal Criminal Law, Drug Offenses, Assaults, Weapons Charges, Murder, White Collar Crime, Criminal Appeals|
Jack B. Swerling is an active 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 2008 and 2009 in criminal defense and is also listed in Naifeh and Smith’s The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Swerling is one of only 70 lawyers in South Carolina 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, with a maximum of 500 from the United States.
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. (For additional information on Mr. Swerling’s publications click here.)
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.
Teaching, Presentations & Seminars
Throughout his years of practice, Jack Swerling has made more than 250 presentations in the areas of criminal practice and South Carolina criminal law.
Bridge The Gap is a program developed by the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the South Carolina Bar in the early 1980’s. It was the first of its kind in the nation. The program is mandatory for every lawyer prior to admission to the Bar. The program lasts 3 days and is held twice each year. Over the course of the three days, the new lawyers are exposed to 25-30 experienced judges and lawyers who speak to them about various aspects of practicing law. Jack Swerling has participated in the program since its inception and speaks on criminal law. Since the early 1990s, he has been honored to be the coordinator and moderator of the entire program.For the last 23 years Jack Swerling has been honored to coordinate, moderate, and speak at the South Carolina Bar’s Annual Criminal Law Update. The full-day legal education program is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the South Carolina Bar and is the largest continuing legal education program put on by the Bar. This is also a mandatory judicial continuing legal education seminar. Each year Mr. Swerling also invites a nationally known lawyer to be the keynote speaker. Among his guests have been F. Lee Bailey, Barry Scheck, David Rudolph, Joel Hirschhorn, Mark Geragos, and in 2008, Joe Chesire and Wade Smith, the lawyers who defended the Duke LaCrosse players.Several times each year Mr. Swerling participates in other continuing legal education programs for the South Carolina Bar, speaking on either criminal law, procedure, or technique.Jack Swerling has spoken at continuing legal education programs for the South Carolina Solicitors Association and the South Carolina Public Defender Association.Mr. Swerling has spoken to various classes at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was a member of the Adjunct Faculty from 1985 to 1989.Since 1987, Mr. Swerling has served on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry. Each year he helps conduct a mock trial and delivers a lecture to the staff.Mr. Swerling has made presentations at classes designed for Assistant United States Attorneys by the National College of District Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center located in Columbia, South Carolina.He has made seminar presentations on criminal law and practice at conferences of United States Postal Inspectors and Criminal Investigators for the Internal Revenue Service as well as the Bureau of National Affairs seminars held in Vail, Colorado and Washington, DC.On several occasions, Mr. Swerling has been honored to address the South Carolina Judicial Conference on the subject of criminal law.Jack Swerling has been an annual speaker on criminal trial practice to Leadership Columbia, a group selected from the Columbia business community for their future leadership potential.Mr. Swerling makes regular presentations about criminal practice for civic organizations and various other non-legal groups.Jack Swerling was honored to be the commencement speaker at the University of South Carolina School of Law in December 2003.
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