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Glenn Matthew Swiatek

Criminal defense Attorney at Shalimar, FL

5.0   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Glenn

Learn Glenn’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    Glenn M. Swiatek practices Criminal Defense in state and federal courts. Mr. Swiatek has experience in serious criminal matters in both bench and jury trials.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Appeals
    35%
    The firm practices in the areas of criminal appeals, postconviction relief and habeas corpus.

    27 years, 500 cases

EXPERIENCED IN THE AREAS OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE, APPEALS, POSTCONVICTION RELIEF AND HABEAS CORPUS.

Glenn Swiatek opened his practice in Fort Walton Beach in 1998 gaining experience in all of the Florida court systems. He has criminal trial and post-conviction relief and appellate experience in every court of the Florida’s First Judicial Circuit He also has appellate experience before the First District Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Swiatek also practices in the federal court system and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. His trial experience ranges from representing the accused in cases of violence, drugs, DUI, theft, sex offenses to murder. He is one of the very few attorneys in Northwest Florida that only practices criminal law. Mr. Swiatek devotes a significant part of his practice to criminal appeals and post-conviction relief.

Experience & Memberships
  • National Trials Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • AVVO Excellent Rated Attorney
  • Researcher for cases argued before the United States Supreme Court
  • Published opinions First District Court of Appeals setting binding precedent
  • Published opinions First District Court of Appeals in cases of first impression
  • Researcher for Oklahoma Tribal Court Reports
  • Law Week Chairman for the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, 2002 – 2008
  • President Okaloosa-Walton Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007-2008
  • Mentor and volunteer Judge for the Okaloosa County Teen Court
  • City of Fort Walton Beach’s Municipal Planning Board, 2000 – 2003
  • City of Fort Walton Beach Board of Adjustments, 2005 – 2008
  • President Oklahoma City University Board of Governors, 1996-97
  • Who’s Who in American Law Schools, 1994-1997
Education
  • Graduate, Fort Walton Beach High School, 1975
  • Bachelor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi, 1980
  • Graduate Certificate in Litigation, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law 1993
  • Juris Doctorate, Oklahoma City University, School of Law, 1997

During his hours away from the office, Glenn enjoys playing his double bass with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and performing chamber music in Europe. Glenn, as an alumnus of Fort Walton Beach High School and an active supporter of the athletic department and the Viking Band. He was the Voice of the Vikings during football season and has also been the half-time announcer for the Bruner Middle School Band.

Not withstanding Glenn’s support for Fort Walton Beach High School, he is still willing to represent Choctaw graduates.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

Location

Glenn M. Swiatek, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A.
1201 B N Eglin Pkwy
Shalimar, FL, 32579-1250

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Chelsea | September 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING ATTORNEY!
Wow, Mr. Swiatek did a fantastic job on my case! He was the third Lawyer I called when I was looking for legal Representation after getting arrested in a County 2 hours away from where I lived. He should have been the very first and the only lawyer I called, because he went above and beyond for my case. I originally chose Mr. Swiatek as the best fit for my case, because he returned my call very quickly, and he did so from his cell phone on a business Holiday that he was still tirelessly working on his other cases even though the office was closed that day to observe the Holiday. My case was a simple misdemeanor case, but I had never been arrested for anything before so this felt like a huge deal to me. Even though my case was a relatively small one Mr. Swiatek took it very seriously. He is very efficient, professional, and definitely knows what he is doing! He was able to get my case completely dismissed, and I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with the outcome. Mr. Swiatek truly did do everything he said he would do, and even more. He deserves 100 stars! Thank you Mr. Swiatek!
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Posted by Christina | August 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a Gift!
What a phenomenal person and professional. This was the most difficult time I have ever experienced in my life and Mr. Swiatek and his staff assisted me out of a situation that was brought on to me by corrupt individuals. I wound have paid twice as much as I did because of the immediate and outstanding results from his hard work and dedication. Thank you, and your staff, for all of your dedication to my life and well being!
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Posted by Patrick | January 11, 2018
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I'm free
In 1996, I was 17 year old juvenile who was involved in a situation where a young mans Life was tragically lost. I was not the individual who took the young man's life, but the courts found me just as culpable as the individual who actually committed the homicide. After years of fighting my case to prove my innocence, all too which was to no avail, unto my family hired Mr Glenn swiatek. Mr swiatek gave my case the care and the time it needed, and ultimately I was released from a court order life sentence, to time served.this man's knowledge of the law and his court presence is awe inspiring and captivating. I am forever in his debt, for it is no every day that a real live miracle worker comes into people's lives.......thank you Mr swiatek, you have my highest respect and eternal devotion...may God continue to bless you. Respectfully Patrick Smith ll
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Posted by Patrick | November 13, 2017
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Best Lawyer
Words are not enough to express my thanks and gratitude to this man. He said he would deliver my son to me and he did.. A true man of his word and of the law, wish we had more like him. Thank you, I would refer you to anyone who needs an honest lawyer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Response from Glenn Swiatek January 11, 2018
Thanks, Patrick. I told you I would get him home. I'm thankful the family never gave up hope !
Posted by Manuel Smith | November 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
He is the best ... He sees something that is not right he will do whatever he can to make it right... He is tenacious... He's awesome... Much, much love and respect thank you again
Posted by Inna | September 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service amazing results
We used Mr.Swiatek's legal services several times and each time we were astonished by his professionalism and the knowledge of legal system. He takes his time and takes a each case seriously. Highly recommended Mr.Swiatek.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
anonymous
I was desperately in need of a lawyer for my son’s case. He was facing 15 years in prison. After calling all around town I found Mr. Swiatek. He was very professional and very confident that he could help us. We hired him and he Immediately started working on my son's appeal. There were times when my family and I thought that our case was a no-win battle, but he assured us that something positive would happen. Ultimately, we ended up winning our appeal and my son got a lesser sentence. So, because of Mr. Swiatek my son will get another chance at having a good life. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2017
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Knowledgeable and compassionate
We are really satisfied with the results obtained in my son's case!!! My son was accused of Grand Theft and because of Mr. Swiatek's persistence he was able to get a Differed Prosecution Agreement and ultimately got his record expunged. Best outcome!!!
Posted by George | August 15, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional and Passionaite
Glenn is was one of the first lawyers who contacted me when I was in need, offering help and consulting. He didn't mince words and made me feel that he was always on my side. He is always punctual and returns all my phone calls and messages promptly. I was very lucky to have a lawyer of this caliber representing me. Definitely a man for the people.
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Posted by Kevin | August 14, 2017
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An Attorney that Cares
After winning a long, emotional custody/dependency battle, I was faced with an appeal that frankly, was more than I could deal with. I found out that Mr. Swiatek was very experienced in this field and hired him. He made the process very easy for me and in talking to him, it was obvious he truly cared about my situation. We won the appeal and I owe it all to his hard work and dedication in helping others. I would not hesitate to use him again and highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2017
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Stellar in Trial
I had a legal issue with a county office, Glenn knew his way around the system and the deadlines. He represented me in front of a board and we won. He is a great researcher and a great speaker, he defended my position perfectly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Glenn M. Swiatek, Criminal Defense Attorney, PA
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Graduate Degree
  • 1993
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Smith
  • After being incarcerated for 21 years, on resentencing our client was sentenced to time served.
  • State v. Salter
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)
  • President
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Okaloosa-Walton Chapter
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Summa
  • 1997
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Summa
  • 1996
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Summa
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have worked in the Okaloosa and Walton County community with Mr. Swiatek for over 15 years and have found Glenn to be an incredibly intelligent, honest and hard working attorney who always puts his clients first. I never hesitate to recommend all of my family law clients to Glen for any criminal matters that they encounter. It is all he practices, and I always know he will serve them well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Glenn is someone I trust, plain and simple. He also is willing to tackle some of the most difficult questions in the most difficult areas of criminal law. After working with him and knowing his as an admired colleague and friend for many years, I consider him to be a true intellectual."
Criminal defense