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James A Swartz

Personal injury Attorney at Boston, MA

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Licensed for 31 years

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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.

Licensed for 31 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 09/19/2022

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

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James A Swartz
10 Marshall Street
Boston, MA, 02108

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Posted by Andrea | July 15, 2014
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James Swartz and his entire team impressed us during the nearly 7 year malpractice litigation that we were involved in regarding our newborn baby. They willingly took on our case that was unusual and very complex. In the end they negotiated an impressive settlement that will allow us peace of mind in raising a child that will face life long medical issues.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal and Managing Attorney
  • Swartz & Swartz
  • 1993 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bingham Dana & Gould
  • 1990 - 1993

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Day Camp
  • $6,000,000
  • Parilla
  • $6.012 Million total recovery after jury verdict

Associations

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Civil Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Public Justice
  • Massachusetts State Coordinator
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States Court Of Appeals For The First Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1991 - Present
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Products Liability Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Seminar Chair - Trying Your First Or Next Civil Case
  • 2008 - 2010
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chair - Toys and Recreational Equipment Litigation Group
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Roscoe Pound Institute
  • Member Fellow
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral Service Committee
  • 1997 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Charter Membership Invitation
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in MA Invitation
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys Membership Invitation
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One Percent Invitation
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Attorneys Of America Membership Invitation
  • Best Attorneys Of America
  • 2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers Massachusetts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Personal Injury "10 Best" Attorney Selection for Massachusetts
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter Member Invitation
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2017
  • "Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys" for Massachusetts Invitation
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Nation's Top Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017
  • Charter Membership Invitation
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers Massachusetts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Thomsen Reuters
  • 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement Membership
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Attorneys of America Invitation
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigaton Lawyers Masachusetts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top Atorneys - Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Lifetime Member - Excellence In Law
  • Worldwide Registry
  • 2015
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer Massachusetts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers Massachusetts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Attorney
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2008
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2007
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2006
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2005
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England
  • Collection and Demand Letters: Best Practice Examples (Co-Author)
  • 2017
  • Toys That Kill
  • Appendix I: Silent Assassins for Ages Two and Up
  • N/A
  • West Group publication
  • Handbook of Personal Injury Forms (Supplement)
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal
  • Med Mal and Products Liability: A Dangerous Intersection
  • N/A
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company
  • Medical Instruments And Devices
  • N/A
  • Trial Magazine
  • Danger At Play
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal
  • Fighting Mandatory Arbitration
  • N/A
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company
  • Hazardous Playthings Causing Injury To Children
  • N/A
  • Products Liability Advisory
  • Holding The Electronic Game Industry Accountable For The Deleterious Effects Violent Video Games Can Have On Our Children
  • N/A
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company
  • The Common Law In The New Millenium–Protecting Our Children
  • N/A
  • Facts & Findings
  • Keeping Our Children Safe
  • N/A
  • Products Liability Advisory
  • Protecting Our Children
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Rejects Medical Device Preemption
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • 2008
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • Trying Your 1st (or Next) Civil Case in the Superior Court
  • 2006
  • Advanced Litigation Tactics And Procedures
  • Advanced Litigation Tactics And Procedures
  • N/A
  • Faces Of The Future Seminar — Be A Better Lawyer For Children
  • Faces Of The Future Seminar- Be A Better Lawyer For Children
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is an outstanding attorney who I would highly recommend."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James Swartz and have always found him to be a great advocate for his clients. He is very knowledgeable and treats his clients with compassion and understanding."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is widely recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the Commonwealth. He is a tremendous litigator, who is compassionate and caring. Without hesitation I endorse James Swartz."
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