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Thomas Harlan Swain

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.4   42 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

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Licensed for 15 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/23/2022

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Law Office of Thomas Swain, PLLC

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  42 customer reviews
Posted by Matthew | February 5, 2013
Thanks Mr Swain
He did everything he said he would, kept me informed. And was totally honest! yeah i know, talking about a lawyer being honest; he was.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thomas Swain is the MAN!
I had gotten pulled over for speeding (87 mph in a 65 mph to be exact). They also tried to get me for unsafe movement and a cut-in after passing. Essentially bogus charges in my opinion. Thomas was able to completely dismiss everything with the exception of the speeding ticket, which was dismissed via deferred disposition. All in all, I was just glad to keep the charges off my driving record. And yes, I do realize I drive like a maniac at times, so I was not expecting complete dismissal of all 3 tickets without having to do some sort of defensive driving or paying court fees. Only complaint, if any, is that communication could improve, but I also understand that there's really no need to hold your hand for the entire case such as these.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High level of professionalism
Happy with the result from Mr. Swain. Got me from $600 in fines down to $175, and kept my driving record clean. Do not listen to those reviews that still had to pay for deferred disposition, it's actually a great deal because it's not on your records. He is professional and he tries to help you get the best result. You can't expect unreasonable results, such as paying $0 when you were obviously doing something wrong. He is a little slow on response time but overall satisfactory, but I imagine that is because he has a high volume of cases in the first place.
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Posted by Anand | April 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for Speeding & Traffic Ticket
Looking for a lawyer after I received a speeding ticket, I chose Mr. Thomas. Excellent choice for me. In our first conversation itself, he was too honest about the possible result. He is very polite, professional and charged a reasonable fee. I appreciate his guidance and patience while helping me throughout this hard time. Mr. Thomas made things go easier than I thought . Would definitely recommend !!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2014
Extremely Helpful and Professional
Thomas helped me with a somewhat complicated traffic ticket. I spoke to quite a few lawyers and most of them said there was nothing to do or asked for exorbitant fees. Not only was Attorney Swain affordable he was also the most professional. He was always available and pleasant to speak to and messages and emails were returned promptly. Most importantly he got results. I would certainly use him again if I need and would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help.
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Posted by Blake | March 27, 2013
Great Communication and Fast Results; Thomas Swain Delivers
Very fast and kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend Thomas Swain for any legal issues in Austin, Tx.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2013
Great job taking care of my ticker
Kept me up to date and let me know exactly what I had to do. Got the entire ticket dismissed. I will use him again for sure.
Posted by Ian | March 21, 2013
Two tickets. One Dismissal and one deferral.
Mr. Swain was helpful in all areas. Quick response time. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Henry | March 19, 2013
Traffic Ticket = Dismissed thanks to Mr. Swain
A family member recommended Thomas Swain to me in order to take care of a very asinine traffic ticket that I received (I was innocent) and I've just received word that my case will be dismissed.
Posted by Mike | March 19, 2013
Excellent speeding ticket resolution
Mr. Swain did an excellent job of handling a speeding ticket. I had a somewhat complicated (I thought) issue and Mr. Swain was confident he could handle it, and he did. The first attorney I called did not state he could solve it, so I was glad I went for a "second opinion" and got the result I wanted.
Posted by Shane | June 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and precise
He responded very quickly and his answer was concise. The hallmark of a good attorney. If you need an attorney, you would do well to hire Mr. Swain!
Posted by Tony | April 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knows his stuff
I called him regarding my traffic ticket but unlike other attorneys I spoke with, he did not pressure me to visit their office, which I appreciated. He provided me with a few options from which I can fight my citation, and I ended up not needing his service as I took the defensive driving course route. I highly recommend him if you need to fight your traffic ticket.
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Posted by Aldo | March 18, 2013
Such a big help!
Mr. Swain has always been very polite and helpful. When dealing with the leagalities of your situation at times it can be very overwhelming. Knowing that mr.Swain is very knowledgeable and informative helped ease my worries and make the legal process bearable. I couldn't thank him enough.
Posted by Aaron | March 14, 2013
A Lawyer You Can Trust
I contacted Thomas Swain through a family member concerning some traffic tickets I had recently received. He was able to provide some solutions to my dilema post-haste and was very polite, punctual, and sincere throughout the course of our business together. For the amount of work he put forth into my situation I felt he offered a very fair price, and I would be willing to recommend him to anyone. If I am to get myself into more trouble in the future, he will be the lawyer I call.
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Posted by Tom A | February 27, 2013
CDL
Mr Swain handled my traffic ticket in Georgetown TX. As a professional driver my licence is my livelihood. Mr Swains handling of my case far exceeded my expectations. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2013
Best traffic ticket lawyer in Austin
I had a traffic ticket to fight. He was very professional and did a good job in getting me out of the hassle.
Posted by Jay Dean | January 19, 2013
Recommended!! Solved my traffic ticket problem with no problem what so ever!
Fantastic lawyer, solved my traffic ticket issue while I was living in Beaumont, TX. Fantastic representation and did not even need to drive in to Austin, everything was handled through correspondence for my situation! You really can not find a better solution for a traffic ticket issue or get any better representation than Thomas Swain! I recently recommended a friend who has been having a lot of traffic issues and she is having the same great representation and experience!
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2012
Helped get my traffic ticket dismissed
Thomas Swain helped to get my traffic ticket dismissed. We were in and out of court in about 40 minutes. I am very satisfied with the result. I wish I would have been kept informed a little more without me having to reach out, however, once I emailed or called Mr. Swain, he got back to me promptly. I would certainly use his representation again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2012
Great and Efficient Services
Mr. Swain was really helpful to my case. I contacted him after I got a speeding ticket of driving 46 in a 30 speed limit road. (Speed trap, I think). He was really responsive to all my questions and concerns. He helped me get the case dismissed. What a relief!!! Strongly recommend him for your legal needs.
Posted by Andrew | September 14, 2012
Reliable lawyer, got my case dismissed
Reliable and was available to answer all my questions. Showed up at court with me and my ticket was dismissed. Only took about 30 minutes at the court.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Thomas Swain, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Coffey Firm
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Attorney General of Texas - Law Enforcement Defense Division
  • 2006 - 2006

Education

  • Baylor University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. KG
  • Dismissed
  • State of Texas v. CY
  • Dismissed
  • State of Texas v. DW
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa Award
  • FSU College of Social Sciences
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Justice Court Seminar
  • Mock Trial
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (19)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas Swain is an excellent attorney who truly cares about the needs of his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A gentleman and a scholar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Swain is aggressive and higly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Swain always come to court prepared and consistently maintains a professional demeanor with judges, prosecutors and court staff. His integrity is unquestioned, and I would highly recommend him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Swain is an excellent lawyer and advocate. He is always thoroughly prepared and represents his clients diligently. I recommend him for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Swain for several years. He is an outstanding attorney and highly respected in our community. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Swain."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Swain's broad knowledge and deep experience ensure strong advocacy and representation for his clients."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Swain is an exceptionally knowledgeable attorney and a talented trial advocate. He works diligently for clients and gets his clients great results. I highly recommend Mr. Swain for any criminal defense matter."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aside from being exceptionally bright, Thomas is a responsible, well-versed, and versatile attorney. In addition, Thomas boasts excellent communication and social skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Thomas consistently strives to obtain the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is one of the first lawyers I'll turn to when I need advice about the Austin legal environment. He knows the system well and has outstanding training for trial. I trust him completely and I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is courteous, smart, and meticulous."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is an outstanding advocate for his clients. In fact, I believe in his skills so much that I personally refer all of my criminal defense matters to his office. Any client who chooses to hire Thomas will not be disappointed with his level of service and dedication.."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Friend
"Not only is Thomas an excellent trial advocate, he is one of the hardest-working, smartest people I know. A client would not be disappointed with Thomas's scrupulous attention to detail or dedication for the projects he is working on. I highly recommend him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Swain is an extremely intelligent attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking a criminal defense. He is well respected in the Austin legal community. Mr. Swain is a no-nonsense kind of lawyer who will get the job done."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Thomas Swain is an excellent attorney. I have worked with him on several cases. He works very hard to ensure the best results for his clients."
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