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Michael James Swanson

Michael James Swanson

Practice areas:

Child Custody, Family, Child Support, Criminal Defense, Adoption, Mediation, Personal Injury

About Me

Michael J. Swanson, Partner with Swanson & Sackett, P.C., in Edwardsville, IL, is an experienced courtroom attorney who knows how to navigate the court system to aggressively represent his clients and maximize favorable outcomes.

Prior to joining the law firm of Swanson & Sackett P.C., Michael served as the Managing Attorney in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office child support division. In this role, he handled thousands of cases each year and gained extensive courtroom experience.

Michael earned his JD at Saint Louis University and his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), which he attended following his six-year enlistment with the U.S. Air Force. Michael served on active duty as a Chinese translator. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Family: 30%
    4 years
  2. Child Custody: 30%
    4 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    6 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    3 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($225-250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Bryant Christian Michael

    I highly recommend Mr. Swanson's legal services. Michael's honesty, easy-going demeanor and professionalism make him a great attorney to work with. Furthermore, his vast knowledge of the various areas of Family law, respected reputation within the legal community and strong work ethic make him an exceptional attorney.


    Bryant Michael Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Shawn Kevin Lintz

    I endorse Mr. Swanson. Not only is Michael a great lawyer to work with, he is a well-seasoned attorney with a strong background in the court system.


    Shawn Lintz Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Swanson and Sackett, P.C.

315 North Main Street, Suite 1
Edwardsville, IL, 62025-2109



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200908/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Magna Cum LaudeSouthern Illinois University2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSwanson and Sackett, P.C.2012 - Present
Lead Attorney - Child Support Enforcement DivisionMadison County State's Atorney's Office2009 - 2012
Chinese TranslatorUnited States Air Force (Active Duty)1998 - 2002


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Madison County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Doe v Doe (Names redacted for client's privacy)After hearing, order of protection denied and children returned to client.
Doe v Doe (Names redacted for client's privacy)Successful result after contested trial. Court date denied attempt to terminate.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Southern Illinois University, EdwardsvilleHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Defense Language InstituteMandarin ChineseCertificate1998

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
ISBA Panel on Law School affordabilityLaw School2012