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Julie Anne Swain is an Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney with 18 years of experience in criminal defense.  As a trial attorney, Ms. Swain has handled some of the most serious murder cases in Orange County, including high profile media cases. In addition to her fierce trial advocacy for her clients, Ms. Swain has negotiated hundreds of criminal cases in her client's favor. 


Ms. Swain's jury trial experience includes over 60 criminal jury trials and numerous hearings in Juvenile Dependency. 


Ms. Swain's experience in Orange County is invaluable to her clients facing criminal charges. Her knowledge of the criminal justice system in Orange County and courtroom presence offer clients a singular opportunity to obtain the best result.


Ms. Swain personally represents each client and is committed to aggressively protecting their individual rights.   


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    19 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    19 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Donald Guy Sowers

    I wholeheartedly endorse Julie,. She and I worked together on a multi-defendant robbery case. She was insightful and tenacious in the defense of her client. Julie knows the law and her daily contacts with judges and prosecutors makes her an excellent choice for a criminal defense attorney. Sincerely, Don Sowers


    Donald Sowers Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Julie Anne Swain, APC

1432 Edinger Avenue, Suite 240
Tustin, CA, 92780-6293


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2015
Cum LaudeMcGeorge School of Law1996
Outstanding Graduating Senior, CriminologyCalifornia State University, Fresno1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJulie Anne Swain, APC A Professional Corporation2010 - Present
AttorneyAssociate Defender's Office Orange County2009 - 2010
AttorneyOrange County Public Defender1997 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Lavender Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - 2014
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AsociationMember2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Orange County Lavender Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Julian S.Convicted of 2nd Degree Murder.
People v. Jason R.Hung Jury.
People v. E. B.Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Swain Justice BlogThe Police Took My Money-Asset Forfeiture2011
Swain Justice BlogAttorney Client Privilege2011
Swain Justice BlogCivil Harassment Orders2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
California St Univ FresnoCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WHY Conference 2011Legal Careers2011
West Court Bar AssociationCapital Punishment in California2011
Career PanelLegal Careers2006