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Jodi Krystyn Swick

Litigation Attorney at Oakland, CA

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I am the founding partner of MH’s California offices and litigate class action and complex matters and insurance coverage disputes in California, Washington and federal courts nationwide. I focus on representing insurance company clients in coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual disputes. I have successfully litigated coverage cases involving general liability, personal lines, entertainment liability, errors and omissions, employment liability, health, life, disability, ERISA and professional liability policies. My practice also specializes in class action and complex matters that have been pursued under a wide variety of consumer protection laws. I have represented insurers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing companies, start-ups and other businesses against claims of unfair competition law in U.S. courts and international forums. These matters include alleged violations under Section 17200 of the California Business and Professions Code as well as alleged false advertising claims and violations of the California Insurance Code, California Homeowners Bill of Rights (CHOB), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). During my career, I was named by SF Business Times as one of its “40 Under 40.” I have also been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Northern California four times and was asked to join the Litigation Counsel of American as a Fellow. The California offices of MH and I are recognized by US Chambers & Partners in the category of Insurance-Insurer. I am committed to advocating for the advancement of women in the legal profession. I served on the Board & Executive Committee of California Women Lawyers for six years. I speak regularly at conferences and mentors other attorneys on how to advance their legal career while maintaining their personal and family life, sanity and sense of humor. I also enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling with my husband and two children.

Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 02/01/2023
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/04/2022

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McDowell Hetherington, LLP
1 Kaiser Plz Ste 340
Oakland, CA, 94612


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McDowell Hetherington, LLP (formerly Edison, McDowell & Hetherington, LLP)
  • 2013 - Present
  • Claims Counsel (Seconded)
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, LLP
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, LLP
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Bright and Brown
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • O'donnell & Shaeffer
  • 2003 - 2005
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  • University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • Texas Tech University
  • B.A.
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Leonila Kyle v. American General Life Insurance Co. et al. (U.S. District Court, Southern Dist of CA) 3:15-cv-00277-L-BGS
  • Settled
  • Betty Joe Atnip v. American General Life Ins. Co. et al (U.S. District Court, Northern Dist. of CA) 8:14-cv-01462-JLS-RNB
  • Motion to Dismiss granted
  • Fluidmaster v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., et al. (California Superior Court, Los Angeles, Case No. BC 560372)
  • Ongoing


  • California Women Lawyers
  • First Vice President, Executive Committee, Board Member
  • 2007 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Recognized Practitioner, Insurance-Insurer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2016
  • Recognition - Insurance (Insurer)
  • Chambers USA
  • 2016
  • Rising Star- Super Lawyers
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2015
  • Recognition - Insurance (Insurer)
  • Chambers USA
  • 2015
  • 40 Under 40
  • San Francisco Business Times
  • 2013
  • Rising Star- Super Lawyers
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2013
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  • Cover Notes
  • California Court of Appeal Finds No Viable Cause of Action Against Insurer Due to Insurer’s Payment of Less Than the Full Amount Billed to Cumis Counse
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association (“WSATI”) Southern Chapter Training Seminar
  • The Fraud You Can Prove
  • 2016
  • Select Clients
  • Avoiding the Bad Faith "Set Up"
  • 2012
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Oakland Litigation Lawyer Jodi Krystyn Swick
Jodi Krystyn Swick
Litigation Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 19 years