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David E Swanson

David E Swanson

also known as Dave Swanson

Practice areas:

Criminal Law, Driving While Intoxicated, Domestic Violence, Administrative Law, Drug Crimes

About Me

Orange County-based lawyer David E. Swanson has been trying criminal defense cases since 1991. He started his career as an Orange County Public Defender and transitioned into private practice as a criminal defense attorney in 1998. Currently, he is recognized by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.


 


David E. Swanson graduated from the University of Illinois in 1976. He graduated from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management with an M.B.A in 1978. He also graduated Cum Laude from Western State University College of Law, ranking 3rd in his class in 1991. He was also a member of the Law Review.


 


He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Public Defenders Association, and the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Swanson has also lectured on numerous occasions on criminal law to Bar Associations and other groups.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Criminal Law: 40%
    25 years, 500 cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
    25 years, 120 cases
  3. Driving While Intoxicated: 20%
    25 years, 600 cases
  4. Drug Crimes: 10%
    25 years, 700 cases
  5. Administrative Law: 10%
    18 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Matthew Borowski

    A client of mine had an outstanding warrant in California, so I called David Swanson. He worked wonders. A superb lawyer with a solid understanding of the law, and a true concern for the welfare of his clients. David is a class act and I would not hesitate to recommend him in the future.

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    Matthew Borowski Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of David Swanson

4100 Newport Place, Suite 550
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199105/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2011
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2010
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2009
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2009
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2008
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2007
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2006
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2005
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2004
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2003
Certified Criminal SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2002
Certified Specialist in Criminal LawCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2001
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2000
Cum LaudeWestern State University College of Law1991
Law ReviewWestern State University College of Law1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of David Swanson1998 - Present
Public DefenderOrange County Public Defender's Office1991 - 1998

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1991 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1991 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1991 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember1991 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. EaganNot guilty verdicts on all counts
People v. ReitveldNot guilty verdicts on all counts
People v. NordmarkCase dismissed!

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Western State University Law ReviewOops! An Analysis of Post-Pope Incompetency Cases for Trial and Apellate Counsel1989

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Thunderbird Graduate School of International ManagementN/AM.B.A1978
University of IllinoisN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1976

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law SeminarCriminal Law for the Family Law Practitioner2010
Business Law SeminarCriminal Law for Business Attorneys2009
ABC Eyewitness NewsEric Nordmark Exoneration2004