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James A Swartz

James A Swartz

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Litigation, Defective and Dangerous Products, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice

About Me

James A. Swartz is a nationally known and respected trial attorney and consumer advocate.  Mr. Swartz’ law practice is headquartered in the historic John and Ebenezer Hancock House on the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts.



James Swartz is a dedicated consumer advocate. For many years, Mr. Swartz, as a Director with the non-profit charitable corporation World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), has issued an annual “10 Worst Toys” list to alert parents and other consumers to the dangers of unsafe toys. James Swartz has, in recent years, been responsible for an annual press conference to alert the media and public to unsafe toy hazards. Articles about James Swartz and the W.A.T.C.H. press conference have appeared in newspapers and other print media throughout the country. As a director and founding member of W.A.T.C.H., he has been 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.


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 (Winter 2007, Vol. 1, No. 4); “Medical Instruments And Devices”, Medical Errors And Litigation: Investigation And Case Preparation (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2004); “Danger At Play”, TRIAL (November, 2003); “Fighting Mandatory Arbitration”, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal (Summer, 2002); “Hazardous Playthings Causing Injury To Children”, Children and Injuries (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2001); “Holding The Electronic Game Industry Accountable For The Deleterious Effects Violent Video Games Can Have On Our Children”, Products Liability Advisory (May, 2001); “The Common Law In The New Millenium—Protecting Our Children”, Civil Trial Practice—Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2000); “Keeping Our Children Safe”, Facts & Findings (Nov., 1999); “Protecting Our Children”, Products Liability Advisory (Oct., 1998); and “Supreme Court Rejects Medical Device Preemption”, Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal (Nov., 1996). Mr. Swartz also provided research and editorial assistance for Toys That Kill (Vintage Books/Random House 1986), a book on toy safety authored by Edward Swartz. Mr. Swartz was appointed as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Trial Preparation Tools (James Publishing 2009).


James Swartz has testified before the New York City Council, Committee on Consumer Affairs, at a hearing regarding “Consumer Education and Safety”. He has appeared on such national television programs as “TODAY” and “EXTRA” on NBC, “American Morning” on CNN, “The American Family” and “Geraldo At Large” on Fox, “Take It Personally” on CNNfn, “Newsfront” on MSNBC, “Legal Cafe” on COURT TV, “Crook and Chase” on the Nashville Network (TNN), “Lifetime Live” on LIFETIME TELEVISION NETWORK, interviews on BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS and FOX NEWS television networks, and in news reports on other national news networks.Red Ruled Paper for Pleadings and Motions  Mr. Swartz  has also appeared on many regional television programs, including shows on the New England Cable News Network and Boston area network affiliates.  Mr. Swartz has been interviewed on UPI, CBS, USA, CNN and TALK AMERICA Radio Networks, as well as many regional radio news programs.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Steven E Altman

    I strongly endorse Attorney James Swartz. Over the past two decades my firm has referred a number of complex and catastrophic injury cases. The results have been outstanding. Fantastic litigator. His staff is superb, his communication with clients and referring counsel is outstanding.


    Steven Altman Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    Jim is an outstanding attorney who I would highly recommend.


    Gunnar Leinberg Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

10 Marshall Street
Boston, MA, 02108



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top Atorneys - Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Litigaton Lawyers MasachusettsAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Best Attorneys of America InvitationRue Ratings2015
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Litigation Lawyer MassachusettsAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Nationally Ranked Top 10 AttorneyNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2013
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2012
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2011
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2010
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
New England Super LawyerBoston Magazine2008
New England Super LawyerBoston Magazine2007
New England Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2006
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2005
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneySwartz & Swartz1993 - Present
AssociateBingham Dana & Gould1990 - 1993

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Seminar Chair - Trying Your First Or Next Civil Case2008 - 2010
Roscoe Pound InstituteMember Fellow2000 - 2001
Massachusetts Bar AssociationLawyer Referral Service Committee1997 - 1998
Public JusticeMassachusetts State Coordinator1995 - Present
United States Court Of Appeals For The First CircuitAdmitted to Practice1992 - Present
United States District Court for the District of MassachusettsAdmitted to Practice1991 - Present
Commonwealth of MassachusettsAdmitted to Practice1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Products Liability SectionMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeChair - Toys and Recreational Equipment Litigation GroupN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Parilla$6.012 Million total recovery after jury verdict

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Publication NameTitleDate
Toys That KillAppendix I: Silent Assassins for Ages Two and UpN/A
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys JournalMed Mal and Products Liability: A Dangerous IntersectionN/A
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyMedical Instruments And DevicesN/A
Trial MagazineDanger At PlayN/A
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys JournalFighting Mandatory ArbitrationN/A
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyHazardous Playthings Causing Injury To ChildrenN/A
Products Liability AdvisoryHolding The Electronic Game Industry Accountable For The Deleterious Effects Violent Video Games Can Have On Our ChildrenN/A
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyThe Common Law In The New Millenium–Protecting Our ChildrenN/A
Facts & FindingsKeeping Our Children SafeN/A
Products Liability AdvisoryProtecting Our ChildrenN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationSupreme Court Rejects Medical Device PreemptionN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Tufts UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior CourtTrying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court2009
Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior CourtTrying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court2008
Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior CourtTrying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court2007
Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior CourtTrying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court2006
Faces Of The Future Seminar — Be A Better Lawyer For ChildrenFaces Of The Future Seminar- Be A Better Lawyer For ChildrenN/A
Advanced Litigation Tactics And ProceduresAdvanced Litigation Tactics And ProceduresN/A