Ed Swanson




with distinction, Order of the Coif





Ed is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in white collar and general criminal defense as well as commercial litigation cases. He represents individuals and corporations in a broad spectrum of civil and criminal matters. Mr. Swanson practices in state and federal courts, and he also defends clients in federal and state regulatory investigations. He serves as a civil case special master for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and discovery referee for the California Superior Court in cases ranging from employment disputes to trade secret matters. His case roster includes SEC matters and cases involving all aspects of criminal defense including antitrust, tax fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, cyber crime and sexual offenses. He also prosecutes and defends a variety of civil matters, including copyright and trade secret cases.

Mr. Swanson is an AV-rated lawyer listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a Northern California Superlawyer every year since 2003. He is the co-chair of the Northern District of California Federal Criminal Practice Committee, and a director of the Northern District’s Federal Practice Program. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit for the Northern District of California, and he was co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives from 2006 to 2007.

Before founding Swanson & McNamara LLP with Mary McNamara in 1998, Mr. Swanson served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California. Mr. Swanson is a former law clerk to the Hon. Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Swanson also worked in South Africa in 1991 and 1992 assisting the African National Congress in designing a land claims court. Mr. Swanson graduated from Stanford Law School in 1991, graduating with distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Swanson received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1985.