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Paul Adam Swiller

Child support Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.6   10 reviews

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    20%
    We have successfully facilitated many adoptions including those by stepparents, relatives, family friends, and people who did not know the child.

    16 years, 100 cases

  2. Child abuse
    20%
    Attorney Swiller has been designated a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the State Bar. He spent years solely representing children and parents in juvenile dependency cases, and continues to 1) represent parents in child abuse proceedings and Child Welfare Services grievance hearings, 2) appear for parents and children before the Court of Appeals, and 3) consult with relatives and family friends when children have been taken into protective custody.

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Child custody
    20%
    We appear frequently in Family Court and often assist parents seeking more custody of their child(ren), defending against parents who are requesting such additional custody, assist with modifications in child support obligations, and all other manners of Family Law proceedings.

    16 years, 100 cases

  4. Child support
    20%
    We appear frequently in Family Court and often assist parents seeking more custody of their child(ren), defending against parents who are requesting such additional custody, assist with modifications in child support obligations, and all other manners of Family Law proceedings.

    16 years, 100 cases

  5. Guardianship
    20%
    We can assist with simple or contested guardianships, whether you are the individual requesting the guardianship or the parent contesting it. Attorney Swiller appears frequently in these proceedings and is even appointed by the Court to represent minors in these matters.

    16 years, 100 cases

Paul A. Swiller, CWLS, has cared about children his entire life, and he decided early-on that he wished to spend his life seeking to ensure that youth have the opportunity and ability to maximize their potential and achieve their dreams. That goal led Mr. Swiller to U.C.L.A. where he was recognized as a National Merit Scholar, a Discover-A-Star Scholar, a Malcolm R. Stacey Scholar and a Shoninger Scholar, and spent a summer interning with the United States Department of Education.  At U.C.L.A., Mr. Swiller received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Policy Studies (he wanted to be the next great American president!), and, upon graduating, joined the national service organizationAmeriCorps to help fulfill unmet educational, socioeconomic, public safety, disaster relief, environmental needs in the western United States.  After AmeriCorps, Mr. Swiller earned a teaching credential and served as a Special Education teacher and athletic coach at a school for students with special needs.  At that school - where every student had educational issues and most were also involved with the juvenile dependency and delinquency systems - Mr. Swiller made the decision to become a lawyer to address these concerns.  

Mr. Swiller attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he served as the Dan Bradley Fellow, an editor for the Race and Poverty Law Journal, a teaching assistant for Moot Court and Legal Research and Writing, a Street Law teacher at Juvenile Hall, a tutor with the Hastings Tenderloin Tutoring Program, a participant in both the Civil Justice Individual Representation Clinic (wherein he successfully appealed a homeless client's denial of social security disability benefits) and in the Civil Justice Small Claims Mediation Clinic, a co-creator of the Hastings Core Concentration Colloquium, and the president of the Hastings Indoor Soccer Club.

Upon graduating from law school and passing the California Bar Exam, Mr. Swiller began his legal career at the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender and then at the Dependency Legal Group serving as a child advocacy attorney for children in foster-care.  After thousands of clients, over one thousand trials, and seven years spent fighting for the best interest of foster youth, Mr. Swiller believed that there was a need for a legal office in Southern California, operated by lawyers knowledgeable in multiple fields, which would serve the interests of children and parents.  Thus, Tot Law was born.  

 

Currently, you will find Mr. Swiller at Tot Law fighting for his clients' rights, at the Court of Appeals for the 4th District of California where Mr. Swiller is appointed by the Court to represent children and parents in juvenile dependency appeals, and on the field coaching the Special Olympics San Carlos softball team.  He is a member of the San Diego Bar Association, the SDCBA Children at Risk Committee and the California Appellate Defense Counsel, and is also a volunteer for the Professional Alliance for Children.  In addition, Mr. Swiller has been designated a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children - an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Swiller is married to his law school sweetheart and has two beautiful children who remind him every day that a child's bright future is worth fighting for.  If he's not at the office then he's chasing his kids from one end of the yard to the other, and then back, and then back again, and then back again...

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Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Tot Law
1901 1st Ave., Second Fl.
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Frank | July 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Daughter’s adoption
Paul helped us with our daughter’s adoption case. We had a very unique case and Paul did a great job listening to us and meeting our demands. Paul explained everything out front and delivered just as he said. We didn’t feel confused about any details throughout our case. My wife and I felt very confident having Paul represent us. Paul was both personal and professional. We couldn’t have found a better lawyer.
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Posted by Donna | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Adoption/Family/Juvi Lawyer!!
I retained Paul in a juvenile dependency case. He knows the law. He is respected. He is no nonsense. He took care of business for my family. I had total peace of mind. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Rebecca | January 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
I found Paul in my time of need. I had one month till my court date. He worked with me to get everything i need filled and in on time and in order. He was very respectful and generous with his time to fit with my crazy schedule. Once my court date arrived we both arrived early and he was able to help me fight for what was right. I will hire him again if i ever need to!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2013
Trustworhty, responsive, customer oriented, and good written work
I'm not satisfied with the comments in my son's school reports. So I met Paul for the free consultation. During the first meeting, Paul was very attentive, understanding and sympathetic. Unlike other lawyers, he was not aggressive, not pushing me to hire him. Instead he provided me an honest overview. He understood my wish to solve the case in a non-confrontational way. Later I hired him to write a letter to school teachers & principles about the issue. Not only was the letter written on time(within the same day), but it was very well written, fact oriented, with my concern for the school report well expressed, and the respect & appreciation for the teachers' work also covered. With the help of the letter, I was able to meet the teachers and got a more accurate version of the school report for my son.
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Posted by Lem | July 9, 2013
Tot Law - Paul Swiller
Very nice guy- knowledgeable on his field. will work hard for your case - I appreciate his straight forward answer and explanation to all my question. number in my list-
Posted by Chris | May 24, 2013
Military member received excellent help and compassion from Mr. Paul Swiller!
I'm in the military and had a very unique case. Paul was not only compassionate and understanding but walked me through the process and answered all my questions throughly. My military schedule was very difficult at times and Paul worked around it and went completely out of his way to make me feel at ease. He kept me updated and every meeting we had was planned out. I would HIGHLY recommend Paul to anyone.
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Posted by Peter | May 23, 2013
Superb Attorney!!!
I retained Mr. Swiller to assist in an educational issue for my son. I found Paul to be so effective that I also hired him to represent me in my child custody dispute, and referred two friends to him for their guardianship and child abuse needs. I found Paul to be extremely successful in court due to his professionalism, his knowledge of the law, and his ability to both communicate my requests to the judge while also informing the judge as to why my requests were important and best for my son. I highly recommend Mr. Swiller, and will continue to hire him and refer him to anyone with a legal issue involving their children. He is great!!!
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Posted by Martha | April 24, 2013
Recommendation of Paul A. Swiller
Paul was personable and extremely helpful. He expedited and solved our issue.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2012
foster parent
Paul has been a great attorney to more than 2 of our foster kids. He listens to foster parents concerns and has the best interest of the kids at heart. He is an A+ attorney and is an asset to foster parents
Posted by John Rossing | June 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
NO SHOWED TO COURT, LOST CUSTODY.
Mr Swiller was afraid of opposing counsel and stated that. Further, he no showed on a court date costing me full custody. And he had the nerve to ask me for $5,000 more after paying him $10,000 for a 5 minute court appearance. I have requested my money back with no returned messages. Keep an eye out for BAR issues with his license.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Panel Attorney
  • Appellate Defenders, Inc.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner / Attorney
  • Tot Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Office of County Counsel, San Diego County
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Senior Associate
  • Dependency Legal Group
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Minors' Counsel
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Special Education Teacher
  • The Ofman Learning Center
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Corps Member
  • AmeriCorps
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Guardianship of XXXXXX
  • Win
  • Guardianship of XXXXXXX et al.
  • Win
  • In re the Marriage of XXXXX
  • Win
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Associations

  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member, CWLS
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Appellate Court Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Social Security Disability Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Children at Risk Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Law Guru
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Special Olympics Southern California
  • Head Coach
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Child Welfare Law Specialization
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • 2014
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • N/A
  • Shoninger Scholar
  • UCLA
  • N/A
  • Malcolm R. Stacey Fellow
  • UCLA
  • N/A
  • Discover-A-Star Scholar
  • UCLA
  • N/A
  • Dan Bradley Fellow
  • UC Hastings COL
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Self-Published
  • Legal Issues Affecting Children
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Child Welfare Services in Family Law Matters
  • CPS and Family Law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (36)
Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is exceptional. He is extremely knowledgeable (he's a certified specialist) and zealously advocates for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Swiller is a highly skilled attorney. Whenever my firm cannot handle a matter I do not hesitate to send someone to Mr. Swiller."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an effective and determined advocate for kids. If you have a legal issues like child support, guardianship, or adoption call Paul first."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Swiller for several years now. Paul is a dedicated and extraordinarily competent advocate. What has always impressed me the most about Paul is the personal concern and interest he exhibits for each and every client he represents. This is an especially important quality to have when you are working with minors. This area of practice requires a special “kind” of attorney. One that truly cares about the well being of those he represents. Paul Swiller is certainly that kind of attorney. I would highly recommend Paul."
Juvenile law Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former public defender with 9 years of law practice under his belt it is safe to say that Paul is highly experienced. A devotion to the young accused of crime has led to his devotion to juvenile law practice. Clients admire and respect him for his stellar results. Read his client reviews. Many attorneys seek his advice on juvenile matters as well. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him!"
Child custody Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a very caring and devoted attorney. Read through his bio on his website and to get a better insight as to why he practices law. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is diligent and dedicated to providing excellent service to his clients."
Juvenile law Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a friend and colleague. I trust his ability to do right by his clients and to exceed expectations."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Paul Swiller. He is passionate about children, focused on his work, and consistently prepared. I always enjoy working with him."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate regarding juvenile law and his clients."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked in the courtroom with Mr. Swiller at the Office of the Public Defender and Dependency Legal Group and I highly recommend and endorse him. He is well liked and respected by both the attorneys in the community and the bench. Mr. Swiller is an excellent trial attorney but also does great work behind the scenes to get favorable results for his clients when going to trial is not necessary. He easily builds rapport with his clients, truly cares about them, and is always accessible. Mr. Swiller is an extremely hard working attorney, and truly cares about children's needs and rights."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is no better choice for a juvenile lawyer than Paul Swiller. His dedication and passion for this area of law is unmatched. He is a zealous advocate who really cares for his clients. He is always prepared and leaves no stone unturned when striving for the best results for his clients. Paul Swiller is the lawyer I go to when I have questions about cases involving children. Simply said, there is no one better."
Juvenile law Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Swiller is a hardworking, honest attorney who has extensive knowledge of the law. He is respectful toward his clients and other counsel while maintaining a fun, upbeat personality in and out of court. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Mr. Swiller!"
Juvenile law Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Paul Swiller for several years. He is a confident and experienced attorney who advocates for his clients with compassion and zeal. A winning combination!"
Education Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul and I worked in the same legal community for four years. His excellent reputation precedes him. His peers hold him in high regard for many reasons, but, most importantly, for providing exceptional representation for his clients."
Juvenile law Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of working with Paul for two years. He was respected among our work group as one of the best child advocates in the field of juvenile dependency. He is fiercely dedicated to doing a superb job for his clients in a reasoned, professional, and caring way. I would highly recommend him to any child, parent or family facing a difficult legal issue."
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