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About me

I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I enjoy surfing, camping and spending time with friends.  I attended the University of Oregon and am an avid football fan.  I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in general science--pre-med.  After attending college, I worked in San Francisco with a famous class action attorney.  I was a trial paralegal and traveled the country trying cases with my boss.  Trial work was so interesting, that I applied to law school.  My first job out of law school was with a notable medical negligence defense firm in Los Angeles.  The firm opened a San Diego office and asked me to be one of the attorneys in the office.  I represented many doctors and hospitals in San Diego.  I had a fantastic mentor and we tried many medical negligence cases together.  I later became the managing attorney for the San Diego house counsel office of 21st Century Insurance Company.  After 20 years as a practicing defense attorney, I opened my own office.  I am dedicated to representing people who have been harmed by the negligence of others.  My case load includes automobile/motorcycle accident cases, dog bite cases, slip,trip and fall cases and bicycle accident cases and all sorts of personal injury torts. 


I do not represent corporations or governmental entities.


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • David Vincent Hiden

    I have had the honor of having Mr. Swope as opposing counsel on many cases over the years..Very rarely am I as highly impressed with other counsel as I am with Mr. Swope. He is an incredibly talented trial attorney and a wonderful human being, traits that are invaluable when searching for attorneys..As such, I endorse him 100%/


    David Hiden Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had cases with and against Mr. Swope. I have always found him to be prepared, thorough and skilled. More importantly, in the cases I have had with him I have felt that he has always had his client’s best interests in his advocacy of thee matter.


    John Culver Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Douglas H. Swope, APC

110 West "C" St Ste 2000
San Diego, CA, 92101-3998


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Exemplary Dedication to TaeKwonDoKyung Hee Tae Kwon Do Academy2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial LawyerLaw Office of Douglas H. Swope, APC2008 - Present
Managing Attorney21st Century Insurance Company1997 - 2008
Associate attorneyDummit, Faber & Briegleb1988 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2009 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2008 - Present
San Diego Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationVoluntary--Inactive1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bicycle CaseSettled case for $1.2 million
Motor Vehicle CollisionSettled before trial for $200,000.00
Slip and fall in Grocery StoreSettled for $90,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Respiratory CareBreathing Room: Why Critical Care Ventilator Manufacturers Should Be Exempt from Design-Defect Strict Liability in California1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of OregonHealth SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Premises Liability--PetsDog Bite Law2016
Master's Guide to Trial Practice: Handling a Civil Jury TrialJury Trial Practice2009