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Michael Swan, one of the Firm’s founding attorneys, practices in the areas of guardianship, mental health and probate. He maintains a statewide practice handling complicated guardianship and mental health matters for families and professionals. Mr. Swan has been practicing in the guardianship and mental health area since 1985 and has actively served the Florida Bar in substantive capacities at the statewide level in the development of probate and mental health law. He has earned the distinction as an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, based on peer evaluations of his legal ability and ethical standards.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Guardianship: 70%
    30 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    30 years


Payment types:

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  • R Blake Smith

    Mike Swan is the preeminent guardianship attorney in Florida. I fully endorse this attorney for all matters regarding guardianship and probate.


    R Smith Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Rossway Swan Tierney Barry

2101 Indian River Boulevard
Suite 200
Vero Beach, FL, 32960


FLMember in Good Standing198509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Ted Brown AwardTaxpayers Association of Indian River County2014
Exceptional Pro Bono ServiceSupreme Court of Florida2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerRossway Swan Tierney Barry1999 - Present
Attorney; Of CounselSwan & Sheppard Law Offices1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
United Way of Indian River CountyCo-Chair of Campaign2014 - 2015
United Way of Indian River CountyCampaign Cabinet2012 - 2014
The Public Guardianship of Indian River County, Inc.President2011 - Present
Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River CountyBoard Member2011 - Present
Indian River County Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors2011 - Present
The Public Guardianship Program of Indian River County, Inc.Founding Member2011 - Present
Indian River County Estate Planning CouncilMember2007 - Present
Hibiscus Children's FoundationMember2003 - 2014
Indian River County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, 11th Circuit Representative, Probate & Trust Law SectionExecutive Council1998 - Present
Dade County Bar Association, Probate and Guardianship CommitteeChairman1998 - 1999
Florida Bar Association, Probate Rules CommitteeMember1997 - 2003
Dade County Bar Probate and Guardianship CommitteeVice Chair1996 - 1998
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMember1992 - Present
Miami Children's HospitalPresident's Cabinet1991 - 2002
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MILLER v. GOODELLPer Curiam Affirmed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of FloridaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
University of FloridaLatin American StudiesOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Guardianship LawGuardianships for Those with Special Needs2012
The Florida Association of Court Clerks Civil/Criminal Court Operations SeminarEverything You Ever Wanted to Know About Florida Guardianship Law... But Were Afraid to Ask2006
Put Something Back ProgramRepresenting the Guardian1996