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Kiara S. Swinton

Criminal defense Attorney at Mclean, VA

5.0   70 reviews

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Attorney Swinton is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law. She then graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law where she focused on litigation.

As a law student, she excelled academically. As a member of the Moot Court Board, she achieved regional victories and national recognition; she was a member of the highly selective Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, and also participated in Michigan State University’s Street Law Program where she taught legal concepts to high school students. During this time, she acquired skills in advocacy and case management as a law clerk and legal extern with Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, respectively. After law school, Attorney Swinton acquired valuable experience as a criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Lavonda N. Graham-Williams, PLLC and Price Benowitz, LLP before founding the Law Office of K. S. Swinton, PLLC.

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Licensed for 6 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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Kiara Swinton Attorney at Law
1750 Tysons Blvd.
Suite 1500
Mclean, VA, 22102

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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mrs Swinton represented me in Reckless Driving case in Prince William county VA. I am very pleased how professionally the firm handled my case. Specifically, Mrs Swinton was very attentive from the beginning by providing on time and right information to prepare the case for court. She always was accessible and had responded to my questions and concerns in matter of hours. She provided all the forms and web links for safe driving course, driving record, community work hours and reference letters. In court, she handled everything with my minimal involvement and made my tough day very easy. Finally, to my surprise, she did her best to dismiss the case. She did amazing job and I recommend anyone to hire her if needed because you will get a great service for very reasonable price. Thank you very much!
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Response from Kiara Swinton November 17, 2022
Thank you for the pleasure of representing you and for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review!
Posted by Adrian Stephens | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Money Well Spent!
Ms. Swinton worked a miracle on my traffic offense. Reckless driving in VA comes with serious ramifications. It is a nerve-wracking experience knowing that my license could be in jeopardy or I can possibly face jail time. Ms.Swinton was very clear, professional, and thorough with her plan. She gave me realistic expectations and vowed to do whatever it took to get my offense dismissed or reduced. On the day of court, Ms. Swinton was able to negotiate my reckless driving offense to a reduction which I happily accept. Thank you for being in my corner and preserving my freedom, money well spent.
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Response from Kiara Swinton November 7, 2022
Thank you very much, Mr. Stephens. Your review and your allowing me to represent you in your matter are greatly appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Kiara Swinton
I cannot say enough good things about Kiara Swinton. I was facing potential jail time in Fairfax County, but Ms. Swinton was able to get it down to a deferred dismissal after six months. Ms. Swinton was with me every step of the way, always keeping me in the loop and offering very helpful suggestions throughout. Initially, I was very nervous about the outcome of my hearing, but Ms. Swinton was so calm, prepared and compassionate that my concerns were replaced with absolute confidence. Hopefully, I will never need a trial lawyer again - but if I do - Ms. Swinton would be my only choice. Ms. Swinton is the embodiment of professionalism and excellence, I wholeheartedly recommend her Law Office to anyone in need.
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Response from Kiara Swinton April 11, 2022
Thank you for trusting me with your case and for your kind review!
Posted by Kimberly Johnson | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney who cares about her clients!
I retained Kiara for a DWI case in Prince William County VA. I retained her two weeks before the hearing date. She took the case on and quickly started working. She communicated well, kept me well informed and explained every outcome possible. The prosecution decided to Nolle Pros the case but I'm so grateful to Kiara for the way she handled my case. Her prices are also very reasonable and affordable.
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Response from Kiara Swinton February 21, 2022
Thank you very much for your review and for trusting me with this matter, Ms. Johnson!
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
An Amazing Attorney!!
Kiara Swinton is an excellent attorney! She is knowledgeable, professional and prompt! She is extremely patient and kind in answering your questions. She assisted our family with a case that was quite serious and she was able to turn it around for a favorable outcome. I would certainly recommend her services!
Response from Kiara Swinton February 21, 2022
Thank you very much for your review!
Posted by Hunter | January 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney, all charges dropped.
My experience with Ms. Swinton is excellent. She also represented me in 2018/19 with a favorable outcome and my family and I knew that the decision was 100% to retain her for this situation and it was absolutely the correct decision. Because she has a brilliant mind with the law, I know that’s why I have had successful outcomes, but she is also very compassionate to you as a human being, you are not just a case file. She gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. I didn’t have a simple case in Fairfax County, (4 misdemeanors plus intoxicated in public) and she not only worked tirelessly, but with thorough research and determination to make the bold ask, she provided us the pathway we needed with an unexpected but best outcome, all charges dropped. I will only recommend Ms. Swinton; my family and I are proud to be her client and will always recommend her to anyone that needs legal representation. Her goal is to not only the most favorable court outcome but to make your life better and help set you on the right path.
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Response from Kiara Swinton January 26, 2022
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for trusting me to handle your cases.
Posted by Bethany | October 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific
Ms. Swinton is an excellent attorney. She was able to negotiate a reckless driving charge to improper driving. We are very thankful. She is very responsive and continued communication throughout the process.
Response from Kiara Swinton October 25, 2021
Thank you very much for your review!
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An Outstanding Attorney!!
I contacted Ms Kiara Swinton after she was referred to me by another Attorney and I had no doubt in my mind that she was the perfect Attorney for my case. I was charged with a DWI (1st Offense) and Breath Refusal. Her procedures were very straightforward and her communication was excellent. During my consultation, she carefully listened to what I had to say and told me exactly what I needed to know and do next. I then followed her advice and instructions throughout the process. She was very professional and paid attention to every detail. She made me aware of every discovery, updates and possible outcomes about my case in a very timely manner. Finally, her performance in the courtroom was phenomenal. She actually went above and beyond to present a very good argument for my case and in conclusion the Breath Refusal charge was dropped and I was found not guilty for the DWI (1st Offense) charge. I cannot be more thankful for the wonderful service I received from Ms Kiara Swinton's lawfirm and I must say I am more than satisfied I hired her as my Attorney. I will recommend or refer Ms Kiara Swinton to anyone who needs an Attorney to represent them in any legal matter.
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Response from Kiara Swinton October 25, 2021
Thank you very much for your review!
Posted by Pearlie | April 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Would recommend
I received a traffic ticket in Alexandria, Va That turned out to be a misdemeanor. Ms. Swinton was able to get the charges dismissed and made the process so painless for me. I never even had to appear in court. Do yourself a favor and retain Ms. Swinton, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and stress.
Response from Kiara Swinton May 5, 2021
Thank you for trusting me with your case and for your kind review.
Posted by Tonya | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great communicator!
My son was arrested in Fairfax last year for several felony charges and was facing 10 minimum. Being that we were from the Hampton Roads area, I was so scared of the outcome. After doing some research, we hired Ms. Swinton. Since my son is an adult, most lawyers would not keep my in the loop but after getting permission from my son, that’s exactly what she did. The communication between us was simply amazing! Ms. Swinton was very patient and informative. She stayed on top of the officers about evidence and paperwork. This young lady literally saved my sons life. Instead of the felonies, he walked away with a few misdemeanors!!!!! To say I’m thankful is a understatement. Thank you so much Ms. Swinton.
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Posted by KeMartre’ | February 26, 2021
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I Can’t Make This Up
Attorney Ms. K Swinton represented me on very serious felony chargers including firarms charges. This was realistically a very scary time in my life, becuase i was facing up to 10 yeara minimum madatory time, if convicted( Not Including Violating Probation ). Ms. Swinton was sure to keep in contact with me and my family even while I was waiting to be released on bond. She was sure to delieverevery piece of discovery immediately & we also discussed and strategized every option throughout this case. Ms.Swinton literally put her best effort forward and she didnt let us down. With hiring her as my attorney , I was able to get ALL FELONY CHARGES DROPPED and i was blessed to walk away from these charges without any mandatory minimum time and only one misdemeanor charge. If you’re in Northern Va and you need a lawyer , I strongly suggest Ms. Swinton , She Will Not Let You Down !!l
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Posted by Onasis | February 1, 2021
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Amazing job !!!!!
Ms. Swinton represented me for a DWI, 2nd charge in Fairfax County General District Court. She reviewed all the details of my case with me and strategized how we could put on a defense to beat the charge - and that’s just what we did. The prosecutor tried everything he could to win, but Ms. Swinton was ready for all of his arguments and in the end the judge found me Not Guilty! She is the best
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Posted by Allen | November 25, 2020
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Excellent Law Firm
The Law Office of K.S.Swinton represented me in a reckless driving case in Fairfax Virginia. Being a commercial driver I needed someone who would understand the severity of the case's outcome on my livelihood and would work their hardest to achieve a favorable disposition. From the first phone call I knew I had found the right attorney. Ms. Swinton explained everything I needed to do to get prepared for my case and gave me honest answers on what to expect. Communication leading up to trial day was excellent and I always felt my case was getting the attention and time it needed. The outcome of my case was better than I had hoped for. Case Dismissed! I definitely recommend The Law Office of K.S.Swinton.
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Posted by Abdulla | November 4, 2020
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Exceptional attorney
I had a reckless driving ticket in which I had to attend the court. Mrs. Swinton’s unique knowledge, talent, thorough awareness, and exceptional handling of the case have turned the ticket to speeding with minor fine. I would recommend her for such cases. She is very great representative and very devoted to her client. On behalf of my self and the entire family I would like to say a big gratitude and thanks. God bless
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Posted by Kathryn | November 1, 2020
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Precision and Compassion
We engaged Ms. Swinton to assist with a Misdemeanor driving offense. When a ruling did not go in our favor, she was quick to file an appeal. She was consistent and professional in her communications with us, provided us with good advice and was able to negotiate a reduced charge on our behalf in the appeals process. We are grateful for her hard work and determination to get the best results for her clients.
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Posted by Shannon | June 8, 2020
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Great Representation
I was in a car accident when my 9 year old distracted me & I hit a parked car. I was given a ticket for Reckless Driving and knew I had to go to court to fight this. Ms. Swinton was recommended to me by a friend and I am so thankful that he did. Traffic court is frustrating to say the least. She is an excellent attorney and I would not hesitate to call on her again for any legal matter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2020
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Highly Reccomend
Ms. Swinton represented me recently in Fairfax County where I was facing 2 felonies and 4 misdemeanor charges ( 5 possession and 1 obstruction of justice. She helped get 5 charges null processed, allow me to pick which felony to be charged with (between heroin or marijuana), and get the court to allow me to use my first offenders disposition for a second time. She went above and beyond coming with me to Prince William County Court and working with the DA there to get my first offenders back. She was clear and concise when explaining everything and made me feel at ease with the process. I highly recommend her to anyone fighting criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
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Great service
Attorney Swinton handled my case quickly and efficiently and also communicated clearly with me throughout the process. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking representation in Arlington courts.
Posted by JM | January 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Worth the search...
I’m able to write this review because of the work and dedication provided by Kiara Swinton…No better way to open this review. Kiara somehow was able to make a very difficult time in my life a bit more bearable under the circumstances. As a first-time offender, I had no idea what to expect from this process or the different scenarios in which this could result in. Working with Kiara proved to be very good luck of the draw of representation. When I was first contacted about potential charges, I did what most would do, search google for a lawyer. Of course, when taking this approach, you do not have the option to sit, discuss and choose your attorney, so for me I feel like I got lucky when she chose to take on my case. I do not know what all went on behind the scenes and how much more effort Kiara put toward my case, but I do know she kept me updated and was extremely responsive during the moments where I had the most questions. Before meeting Kiara I didn’t know what to expect from an attorney, but Kiara has set the tone for me and I would recommend her due to her passion, attention to detail, openness and commitment to me as a client. Kiara, Thank You again for all of the work you have done in ensuring that I obtained an opportunity to prove that I can be integrated back into society without disruption.
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Posted by Jamie | January 27, 2020
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THE BEST
Hand down one of the best lawyers in Virginia. My case was very difficult and she handled it perfectly. My case was dismissed and she guided me on how to remove it from my record. 10/10 would recommend. She will make you feel safe and secure!
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of K. S. Swinton, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Price Benowitz, LLP
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Lavonda N. Graham-Williams
  • 2016 - 2018

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2013

Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
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Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Ms. Swinton. We are in several of the same legal associations and I find her to be a wonderful colleague who is giving of her time and expertise. We practice in different areas of the law and she has quickly become one of my go-to colleagues for criminal and traffic defense referrals."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Kiara. She is a phenomenally talented attorney that gets fantastic results for her clients whether it's by beating down the government at trial, or leveraging bad facts into favorable pleas for her clients. She shines in all aspects of litigation and is well respected throughout the courtrooms and courthouses of the Commonwealth of Virginia."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Swinton is a driven attorney. Her commitment to justice is evident in her dealings with her clients and colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 14
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kiara is a motivated criminal and traffic defense advocate who has a strong foundation of experience in Northern Virginia. She is willing to take on new cases in new places, and to pursue new forms of relief that conventional attorneys often do not bother with. She is also gracious with her clients, and a pleasure to interact with as a colleague. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kiara is a very knowledgeable and hard working attorney. She fights for her clients' rights and always keeps every angle of the case in mind. Her attention to detail and dedication towards her clients makes her an excellent attorney and one that any individual facing a crisis wants on their side."
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