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Jeffrey Adam Swartz

Criminal defense Attorney at Norfolk, VA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1987
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About Jeffrey

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Jeff has practiced law since 1987 in the Tidewater area and has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal cases both in the United States District Court and in all of the area’s state courts. Jeff is a former prosecutor. Since returning to private practice in 1997, where he is now a partner, Jeff focuses his practice on criminal defense work. From misdemeanors to murders, Jeff gives each of his clients the personal attention that their case needs and deserves.

    37 years

  2. Federal crime

  3. Car accident

  4. Personal injury

            Jeff graduated from Virginia Tech where he was President of the Student Government.  He attended law school at The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.  Jeff has lectured at the Norfolk Police Academy as well as on behalf of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and for the Virginia State Bar where he served on the Criminal Law Section Board of Governors.  Jeff has been recognized as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. 


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Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove
220 West Freemason Street
Norfolk, VA, 23510

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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2023
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Best Attorney in Virginia!
I was falsely accused of an assault and battery charge under Virginia law (18.2-57), which carries a maximum sentence of confinement in jail for up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500. Even though the charges were false and malicious, I had to answer to the charges in Virginia when I discovered that a warrant had been issued for my arrest. That's when I turned to Mr. Swartz for help. Mr. Swartz provided me with invaluable guidance and support, working tirelessly to protect my rights and freedom. As an out-of-state defendant facing assault and battery charges in Virginia, I was not familiar with the legal process in the state. However, Mr. Swartz patiently explained everything I needed to know about the charges and the district court process, advising me on how and where to respond to the warrant in Norfolk. After answering the warrant and being released with conditions, the magistrate initially imposed a restriction that prevented me from leaving the state. This was a difficult situation for me, but Mr. Swartz was quick to come to my aid. He worked swiftly to obtain a bond modification, which was granted the next day after I answered to the warrant. Thanks to his diligent efforts, I was able to regain my freedom of movement and travel back home. Throughout the entire legal process, Mr. Swartz was an invaluable resource for me. He was always available to answer my questions and provide guidance, which gave me much-needed peace of mind during an incredibly stressful time. I am grateful for Mr. Swartz's dedication and expertise, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone seeking a skilled and compassionate criminal defense attorney. On the day of trial, Mr. Swartz was fully prepared to defend my case aggressively, and he did not disappoint. His cross-examination of the defendant testimony of events was so thorough and professional that I was amazed by his skills in the courtroom. Mr. Swartz's argument was so convincing it made the defendant contradict her original statement(s) which I believe helped win my case with a verdict of "Not Guilty." I cannot thank Mr. Swartz enough for his exceptional representation and outstanding performance in my case. If you are ever in need of a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense attorney in Virginia, I highly recommend that you choose Mr. Swartz to be in your corner. Thank you, Mr. Swartz, for everything you did for me!
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2019
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Best man for the job
Words can’t describe the appreciation I have for you and your team. My family and I thank you for all you do and pray for your continue success for all the years to come!!! Thanks so much!
Posted by Cynthia | February 9, 2018
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Assiduous & discerning
I was recently accused of trespassing and assault & battery, both what I thought to be clear cases that I would easily show the judge I wasn't guilty of. Never being convicted or even accused of crimes in the past, I didn't know what to expect but didn't think I needed an attorney. I was found guilty of trespassing in district court so I appealed it. Afterwards I was referred to Jeff by a friend and upon meeting him the first time, I knew I needed him on my side. He was very easy to talk to without feeling judged and demonstrates compassion as if he did understand what I was going through. He took time to listen to my side of the story and discussed all of the facts leading up to the event in great detail. He kept me informed along the way without leaving me feeling worried about what would be the end result. He did an excellent job on my cases as well as working with another attorney on a case related to mine so they could have them heard at the same time so we could get the justice we deserved. Jeff was well respected in the courtroom by the judges and showed complete confidence that justice would prevail. My district case for A&B was dismissed during the first hearing which was a relief. The circuit case was much more difficult with a determined prosecutor but nonetheless, thanks to his exemplary knowledge of case law the judge dismissed that case too. Hiring Jeff was the best decision I could of made and he has brought me such a tremendous amount of relief. Whether you're innocent or not, Jeff is going to go the extra mile to get you the best outcome possible.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2016
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The Right Attorney
From the first phone call, Mr. Swartz understood the gravity of my legal matter and the devastating impact it had on me and my family. He was very patient and kind on the phone talking through the situation. In fact, I was surprised at the amount of time he spent on the phone discussing the matter and answering questions. That patience and professionalism continued through the consultation in his office. He listened thoughtfully and carefully considering both the human impact as well as the legal implications. Mr. Swartz gave advice and opinions based on legal precedent and the law. He did it with great care and compassion as it isn’t always easy to tell someone how they stand in reference to the law. I felt better after every time I spoke with Mr. Swartz. Even when he had to tell me something that was difficult to hear. Mr. Swartz is not pretentious. He is superbly effective working quietly behind the scenes without fanfare. As my attorney, my impression and observation of him is that he is very highly esteemed in his profession. This respect enables him reach out, meet, and negotiate with parties on all sides of a legal issue, as he did for me, in order to achieve consensus and the best possible outcome for his clients. I am extremely pleased with the work Mr. Swartz did as my attorney. I was fortunate that he was recommended to me with glowing endorsements. He was absolutely the right lawyer for me. I most strongly recommend Jeff Swartz if you are in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Criminal Defense
Mr. Swartz helped my son. Now my son is on the right track and we owe Mr. Swartz a tremendous debt of gratitude. As my son becomes a young man, I think he is going to reach a point where he looks back and realizes that Mr. Swartz is one of the handful of people who have made dramatic, positive difference for him. Thank you, Mr. Swartz, I really appreciate it.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2016
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Professional, knowledgeable, personable
Mr. Swartz consulted with my family on a criminal matter and was outstanding. He spoke to three of us and we each felt we were his only client. He was never rushed, impatient, or discourteous. He knows and is respected by the local law enforcement community and he made phone calls that were remarkably effective. He addressed each and every concern. As a professional person myself who has had many contacts with the legal profession, he is clearly the go-to person for my legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2015
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The Right Choice
Retaining Mr. Jeff Swartz was the best decision we made to defend us. A previous lawyer gave us nothing but, "I'll take care of it, don't worry." and when it came down to crunch time, he had done nothing. We were facing life changing circumstances and a quick approaching deadline. Luckily we found Mr. Swartz and decided to go in to speak with him just to see if he had a different approach and for peace of mind. Before we even met, he took the initiative and looked into our situation. Mr. Swartz was focused, prepared, professional, honest, and had done more for us with just a phone call than had been done previously by the other lawyer. We immediately retained him. The same day he set up meetings with the prosecution and was given the time to get an understanding on our case. He told us what his plan was step by step and kept us informed throughout the entire journey. Without Mr. Swartz, our situation would have had a very bad outcome. Mr. Swartz was the most professional, compassionate individual we have had the pleasure to deal with in a not-so-pleasant situation. Without hesitation, we would definitely recommend Mr. Swartz to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney. He is a man who truly goes the extra mile for his clients. After having no one go to bat for us in a long time, it was good to have someone believe in us and fight for us. We are grateful we found him.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove
  • 1997 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Rabinowitz, Rafal, Swartz, Taliaferro & Gilbert
  • 1987 - 1994


  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Edington
  • Not Guilty


  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Board of Governors
  • 2007 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey Swartz is my go to lawyer for any of my clients who may need the best criminal defense lawyer in Virginia. He is well respected by all the judges and his colleagues in the Bar. I have known Jeffrey professionally and personally since we attended William and Mary law school together and I endorse him 100% without any hesitation. He is a rare find in that he is both very generous and very talented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff Swartz is a dedicated and highly skilled Criminal Defense Attorney. One of the very best in the Commonwealth. He is a lawyer's lawyer without exception. Having been selected to serve on the Virginia State Bar Associarion's Criminal Law Section Board of Governers Jeff has distinguished himself as one of the legal elite. I highly recommend Jeff."
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Norfolk Criminal defense Lawyer Jeffrey Adam Swartz
Jeffrey Adam Swartz
Criminal defense Attorney
Norfolk, VA
Licensed for 36 years
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