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Languages spoken: Spanish, Arabic

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    44 years
  2. Immigration: 10%
    44 years
  3. Constitutional: 10%
    44 years

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  • Suzan Gabbara

    I endorse this lawyer. I have been sharing office space with Mr. Swor for the past few years. He is an excellent attorney. I have gone to him for questions and advise many times, and he has always been more than willing to help. I have always found his input to be very valuable.


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Contact info

SWOR William

3060 Penobscot Building
645 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI, 48226

3060 Penobscot Building
645 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI, 48226



MIActive And In Good Standing197205/14/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand, probation
    issued in MI, 1989


    Reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Criminal Justice Act RecognitionUnited States District Court EDM2012
The Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Legal Professional of the YearAmerican Arab Chamber of Commerce2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds Award"Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter2008
Bernard Gottfried AwardACLU of Michigan, Detroit Chapter2006
Defender of Justice AwardNational Lawyers Guild2005
Justice for All AwardCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and PrincipalWilliam W. Swor & Associates1972 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
ACLU of MichiganAdvisory Board2011 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellow & Board of Governors2006 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganDirector2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1980 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMember1980 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Macomb County Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1972 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Koubriti, et alAll Charges Were Dismissed
United States v. Nagi, et alAll Charges Were Dismissed
United States v. David Stone, et alClients pled to less serious violations
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Publication nameTitleDate
CDAM"Defending the Non Citizen, The Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act,"1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Oakland UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NORML Annual Legal ConferenceNSA Wiretapping, the Patriot Act and Defending Your Client2013
Special Natualization CeremonyConstitution and Citizenship2012
Immigration & U.S. Economic CompeitivenessImmigration & Economics2012
"Reclaiming Our Rights,"Government Domestic Spying Programs2008