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Scott Michael Swafford

Advertising Attorney at Annapolis, MD

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    Maryland - MD 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Advertising
    30%
    Consumer protection, including advertising and data security/privacy.

    16 years, 9 cases

  2. Privacy
    30%
    Data security & privacy

    16 years, 9 cases

  3. Business
    25%
    Corporate or business advice ranging from contracts, agreements, incorporation, advertising, etc.

    16 years, 15 cases

  4. Government contracts
    15%
    Federal, state, and private contracts and subcontracts or agreements, including grants and public-private partnerships

    16 years, 20 cases

Started Swafford Law, LLC as a solo practitioner, after several years as an attorney with Arnold & Porter, LLP, and decades of experiences including IT, military intelligence, contracting, and international relations.

 

Attended Law School at night while working full time during the day as a federal civil servant (IT Project Manager) for NOAA, and graduated summa cum laude, 7th in my class.

 

Practical experiences developing and implementing litigation strategies that have worked for corporate clients and individuals.

 

Recognized in Maryland Daily Record's Movers and Shakers Column.

 

Location

Swafford Law, LLC
41 State Circle
Annapolis, MD, 21401

Reviews

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Posted by Bartholomew Motes | November 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and conscientious
Within a minute of talking to Scott you will realize you are not only dealing with an incredibly capable and diligent attorney, but rarer still, someone who is going to take your case on as his own. Scott is thoughtful and asks all the right questions. He was able to resolve things with a minimum of time, expense, and aggravation. Thank you, Scott.
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Posted by Moira | January 29, 2014
A trustworthy attorney
Scott is a great attorney. He's very responsive, engaging, and thorough. Scott wants what's best for his client - and you can trust his opinion. He gave me sage advice during a sticky situation - I am not sure how much I can write because my case actually involved social media, freedom of speech, the Free Trade Agreement, HIPPA and I signed a document saying I would never talk about my particular case online in a public forum again. However, he made the other guy cry uncle and ensured I was not sued for defamation while also helping right wrongs done unto me (including requiring a note of apology from the guy who wanted to sue me). Hopefully I won't need legal help again, but if I do, Scott will be my first call.
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Posted by Amy | June 17, 2013
Great Lawyer
He tells you like it is. Very honest and quick response. I highly recommend him for any family law or anything.
Posted by David | June 12, 2013
Excellent
I rate my Mr. Swafford Excellent. He was there when i needed him. He was able to drop the protective order case and the assault charge. He was avialable all times of the day. Whenever i called he was there to guide me in the right direction. He didn't feel like a starnger to me but a friend.
Posted by Megan E. | April 11, 2013
Highly Recommend
As a consumer, it is extremely daunting, frustrating and confusing when you are up against a large corporation. For months I had battled with corporate run around and was on the verge of accepting defeat even though I knew I had been legitimately wronged. I felt my voice was small in a sea of unsatisfied customers. Scott gave me a voice, fought for me and justice prevailed. When I initially began contacting lawyers in my area, I held conversations with lawyers that were not willing to take the time to understand the issue, wanted outlandish retainer fees or just didn't understand the law supporting my claim. Scott was completely personable and available. He was willing to listen as I fully explained my issue. He knew the laws supporting my claim off the top of his head and was incredibly knowledgeable. He had a completely reasonable fee. In addition, when I accidentally overpaid him, he notified me and destroyed the check! A completely honest individual and that I would absolutely work with again. He was very easy to get ahold of and always responded to my emails and phone calls promptly. From one veteran to another, I also thank him for his service. I highly recommend Scott Swafford.
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Posted by Megan E. | April 11, 2013
Highly Recommend
As a consumer, it is extremely daunting, frustrating and confusing when you are up against a large corporation. For months I had battled with corporate run around and was on the verge of accepting defeat even though I knew I had been legitimately wronged. I felt my voice was small in a sea of unsatisfied customers. Scott gave me a voice, fought for me and justice prevailed. When I initially began contacting lawyers in my area, I held conversations with lawyers that were not willing to take the time to understand the issue, wanted outlandish retainer fees or just didn't understand the law supporting my claim. Scott was completely personable and available. He was willing to listen as I fully explained my issue. He knew the laws supporting my claim off the top of his head and was incredibly knowledgeable. He had a completely reasonable fee. In addition, when I accidentally overpaid him, he notified me and destroyed the check! A completely honest individual and that I would absolutely work with again. He was very easy to get ahold of and always responded to my emails and phone calls promptly. From one veteran to another, I also thank him for his service. I highly recommend Scott Swafford.
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Posted by Anthony | August 14, 2012
Family Law
I would like to recommend Scott Michael Swafford for you family law services for the issue you are having or maybe facing. Scott was well professional and knowledgeable in regards to family law. Mr. Swafford provided outstanding services and prepared me for the outcome of my issue. I am 100% satisfied with his services and I would like to recommend him.
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Posted by Peter | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Unsatisfactory
He was hired in early 2013 to help our company go after people that defrauded us. In the beginning, he was very responsive, once he was paid in full, after two and a half months; he began a pattern of not responding to emails and phone messages. He would ignore questions about the case and not answer questions asked. Often times he would apologize for missing scheduled conference calls as well as for not responding back after weeks and months had passed. After repeated emails, and phone messages, he would sometimes respond back with very brief updates and ignore questions that were asked. He did not provide documents as he said he would, even after we ask for it. He did not get depositions of people as well as did not include people in the suit that he was instructed and agreed to do. He said he would expedite and help us finish this case, and he did not. It is now almost four years and he has disappeared from responding back by email, or responding back to phone messages or answering his phone. He did not give us a reason as to why he does not or did not finish our case. There were many instances he said he would do things but did not. We have always been polite and professional with him. We have all the emails to substantiate these actions. So much time has been lost. Now that we have to find another attorney to finish what he was suppose to do; we are very disappointed and dissatisfy with his conduct and service.
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Response from Scott Swafford February 6, 2017
I dispute the above characterization, and rather obtained a federal district court judgment in a fairly complex matter against qualified and professional opposing counsel. The matter was completed in a professional manner and the client elected to further retain me to pursue collections activities, despite stated displeasure above.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Swafford Law, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • 2008 - 2012

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (summa cum laude)
  • 2007

Associations

  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar
  • University of Miami, Florida
  • 1984

Publications

  • ABA 2012 Data Security & Privacy Handbook
  • Chapter 5 Online Behavioral Advertising
  • 2012
  • Secure Times, Law Volume 4, No. 2, Fall 2009.
  • Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts in Online Behavioral Advertising: How Do They Compare to the FTC's Principles?
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Scott
Unknown Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"As a former client and now colleague, I can tell you that Scott is an excellent attorney. He listens, is effective and gets results. He is a superb writer , and his knowledge of the law and research skills are phenomenal. Just a pleasure to work with and gem in the legal community. I highly recommend this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Swafford. He is an asset to the legal community."
Business Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Scott on real estate and business matters and found him to be a huge resource for civil litigation cases as well."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott M. Swafford contacted me to discuss the vacation of a confessed judgment entered against one of his clients. He was aware that my article on confessed judgments is about to published in the Maryland Bar Journal. I had the opportunity to review his Motion to Vacate and/or Modify the Confessed Judgment. Not only was it the best drafted Motion to Vacate that I had ever read, it contained a detailed analysis of why the "forum selection" clause in the parties' contract did not confer personal jurisdiction."
Government contracts Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Swafford has extensive experience with the FTC and FCC. He has provided valuable legal advice for major telecommunications to ensure consumer protections. He is also a scholar, writer. Scott has helped numerous banks, IT companies, start-ups, and many corporations. I endorse this lawyer."
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