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Sarahjane “SJ” (Davidson) Swanson is an AV-rated Texas civil trial & transaction lawyer serving clients in resolving business, contract, real estate, & other civil disputes & litigation; general business matters; & real estate transactions. 

Ms. Swanson has represented plaintiffs & defendants in pre-trial litigation, jury, & bench trials of various types of cases.  Case experience includes commercial & residential real estate disputes, construction defects, title insurance claims & recoupment, fire/hazard losses, water/land use rights, commercial/business disputes, breach of contract, licensed professional malpractice/errors/omissions claims, deceptive trade practices, misrepresentation/fraud, product liability, employment law, family law matters, probate & subrogation.  She has also represented clients in appeals to the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court of Texas.  She also represents parties in residential, ranch, & commercial real estate purchases/sales & leases, & represents companies and their principals in business formation, dislolution, purchase & sale matters. 


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 75%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 15%
    14 years
  3. Business: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I have known SJ for over a decade. Intelligent and incredibly passionate about the advocacy of her clients. If I required representation in the Houston area, she would be my first phone call.


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Contact info

Swanson Law Firm, PLLC

310 Main, Suite 201
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200208/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Member of the College - legal honor societyCollege of the State Bar of Texas2014
Top Lawyers 2014Houstonia Magazine2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartinedale-Hubbell2014
Texas' Top Rated Lawyers of 2014ALM2014
Top Lawyers 2013Houstonia Magazine2013
Member of the College - legal honor societyCollege of the State Bar of Texas2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Member of the College - legal honor societyThe College of The State Bar of Texas2012
AV Preeminent ratingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Member of the College - legal honor societyThe College of The State Bar of Texas2011
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Member of the College - legal honor societyThe College of The State Bar of Texas2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Fellow - Class of 2009Houston Young Lawyers Foundation2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PrincipalSwanson Law Firm, PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerIrelan * Hargis, P.L.L.C.2008 - 2010
AssociateHargis & Harpold, LLP2003 - 2008
AttorneySJ Davidson, Attorney at Law/Lias J. Steen & Associate2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Phi Delta Phi - Houston Barristers InnFounding Council Member2012 - Present
CREW Houston (Commercial Real Estate Women)Member2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationLitigation Section Member2002 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember2000 - Present
South Texas College of Law Alumni AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
South Texas College of LawMember, Board of Directors2008 - 2013
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star - Houston BoardBoard of Directors2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Saleem v Nguyenfor Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff Nguyen, my client
Pearson v. Podrovec, Arthur & Realty Associatessettlement for my clients, home-buyers
High-end residential Landlord v. Breaching TenantConfidential settlement for my clients, the landlords
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
College of Law of England and WalesLaw in London Summer ProgramN/A2000
University of HoustonManagement/BusinessLiberal Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The B Word & Being RespectedPanelist - The B Word & Being Respected2013
28th Annual Real Estate Law ConferenceRepresenting Brokers When Good Deals Go Bad2013
2012 Advanced Real Estate Law CourseBrokerage & Management Contracts & Claims2012
UCREW inaugural event at University of Houston Bates Law CenterUCREW Legal Panel presenter2010
ABA Law Student Division Fall Leadership ConfernecePanelist - Lunch with Experience2010
Founders' Day/Dean for the Day Event"What They Didn't Teach You In Law School" - Panel Moderator2006