Practice Areas

Mary McNamara and Ed Swanson

Swanson & McNamara LLP provides representation in virtually every aspect of criminal law and in a broad spectrum of civil matters. This includes representation of individuals, corporations and institutions during all phases of trial and appellate proceedings.

The firm’s lawyers practice in both federal and state courts, before federal and state criminal grand juries, and before federal and state regulatory agencies.

White Collar

Our firm is top-ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers USA Guide for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations and is recognized for its ability to handle the most sensitive and demanding of cases.  Our lawyers have been recognized as Superlawyers since the inception of the Superlawyers program in Northern California.  Mary McNamara is the 2012 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in White Collar for San Francisco and one of the San Francisco Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers.  Ed Swanson was a Recorder Lawyer of the Year in 2011. We have extensive experience representing professionals under investigation or facing charges in federal and state courts on a broad spectrum of matters, including insider trading, complex financial offenses, procurement fraud, health care, tax and banking matters. We have represented executives at Morgan Stanley, Google, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, KLA-Tencor, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson and other prominent companies. We pride ourselves on being able to grasp the fundamentals of our clients’ businesses in a way that is efficient and cost-effective.  Our engagements have included the first internet pharmaceutical case in California, a Major League Baseball-related steroid investigation, the first criminal case arising out of the California Electricity Crisis, the first prosecution under Sarbanes-Oxley, and major investigations involving the high tech, green energy and petrochemical industries.

General Criminal

We have a long and diverse history of general criminal representation in state and federal court. Our cases include RICO conspiracy matters, narcotics offenses, sex crimes, violent crimes, kidnapping and extortion charges, among many others. We also represent habeas petitioners and recently achieved a reversal of a conviction for a client after seven years of imprisonment. Our lawyers have been members of the Northern District Criminal Justice Act Conflicts Panel since the founding of the firm and Mary McNamara is the Criminal Justice Act Liaison for the district, sitting on various federal court committees and representing CJA attorneys at their national conference.

Civil Litigation

We represent individuals and institutions in a broad array of state and federal civil cases, including major tort defense for a Fortune 500 company. We handle commercial, employment, environmental, copyright, computer fraud and trade secret matters for a variety of individual and institutional clients. Recent successes include a defense verdict in an insider trading case brought by the SEC. In federal matters, we appear in courts around the country, often partnering with premier national firms, and we act as local counsel in a variety of civil matters pending in California. We routinely handle parallel civil and criminal matters. Companies frequently turn to us to handle internal investigations in a wide variety of circumstances, and we advise and problem-solve with boards dealing with sensitive and complex matters.

Special Master / Court Expert / Mediation

The federal district court frequently appoints us to assist both in litigation and in general court administration. Ed Swanson has been appointed by the Northern District of California as a special master in several cases involving disputes over fees and discovery matters. He has also served as a mediator in significant federal matters concerning civil rights and financial disputes.  For the past several years, Ed Swanson has served as the court expert in Armstrong v. Schwarzenegger, a class action suit against the California Department of Corrections concerning violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also co-chairs the Northern District of California’s Criminal Practice Committee, a committee consisting of members of the judiciary, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Defender’s Office, and other court personnel. Mary McNamara is the Criminal Justice Act Liaison for the Northern District of California, serves on the district’s Criminal Justice Act Administration Committee, and chairs the district’s Fee Review Committee for CJA cases.  She recently served on a merit selection panel for the appointment of new magistrate judges to the district and has chaired a magistrate reappointment committee. She also presents training sessions for federal lawyers under the auspices of the federal court. Both Ed Swanson and Mary McNamara have co-chaired the Northern District of California’s Lawyer Representative Committee.