With over 35 years as an experienced trial lawyer, Pat Swan represents clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Pat has handled complicated commercial cases, including business disputes, antitrust, copyright, unfair business practice, trade secrets, securities fraud, and products liability. He has also been responsible for the defense of nationwide class actions, complex arbitrations, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Pat served as a federal criminal prosecutor for over seven years and has substantial grand jury, jury trial, and appellate experience.
As lead counsel, Pat has tried to conclusion numerous civil and criminal cases. He has also successfully litigated and resolved significant matters involving alleged insider trading, attempted monopolization, health care fraud, tortious breach of contract and consumer class actions. He is currently defending, among other cases, a nationwide civil RICO action seeking over $3 billion in damages, an action to rescind a $60 million real estate transaction, and several ongoing government investigations involving allegations of civil and/or criminal wrongdoing.
Pat serves on the board of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, and serves on the board and is an officer of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego. He devotes time annually to pro bono activities, and is an active member of various local, state and national legal and bar organizations. Pat is currently on the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers®.
Qualcomm defeats series of appellate writs by Apple in trade secret litigation
Jones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. at the California Court of Appeal's Fourth District in opposing a series of three petitions for writ of mandate or prohibition brought by Apple Inc.
Qualcomm pursues trade secret and contract claims asserting Apple's misuse of Qualcomm's trade secret software and source code
Jones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. in a lawsuit asserting trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims against Apple Inc.
Manufacturer of bird food defends against putative class action
Jones Day is defending a manufacturer of bird food in a consolidated putative class action suit alleging that the company sold bird food products that should not have been sold and seeking a refund of funds expended by consumers.
ResMed successfully resolves antitrust litigation brought by competitor
Jones Day represented ResMed Corp. in connection with antitrust litigation brought by 3B Medical, Inc. alleging monopolization and exclusive dealing.
International wind-farm developer defeats take-over attempt by prime contractor
Jones Day successfully defended one of the world's largest developers of wind-farm projects against a potentially dispositive application for interim measures under the ICC’s Emergency Arbitrator Rules.
Petro Source defends toxic tort cases related to sale of virgin mineral spirits to Safety-Kleen
Jones Day is defending Petro Source Investments Inc. in 20 toxic tort cases coordinated in Los Angeles.
Energy company eliminates $2 million in damages and attorney’s fees on appeal
On October 21, 2015, Jones Day obtained a ruling by the California Court of Appeal reversing a jury award of $1.3 million dollars in punitive damages, $629,560.88 in attorney’s fees, and $10,000 under the Labor Code Private Attorney General Act for a Fortune 100 energy company.
Fortune 500 company receives advice on anticorruption and other corporate compliance policies
Jones Day is advising a U.S.-based Fortune 500 company on its anticorruption policy and related compliance policies for its global operations.
San Diego-based business resolves environmental enforcement action
Jones Day successfully defended the President and Owner of a San Diego-based business in an enforcement action brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office (Southern District of California) and the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.
Fortune 200 company seeks representation in investigation involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program
Jones Day represented a Fortune 200 company in an investigation that arose after U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") discovered a large amount of narcotics that, unbeknownst to the company, had been secretly hidden inside a container used to transport the company's products across the U.S.-Mexico border.
- December 2016U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for "Tippee" Insider Trading Liability
- Duke University (J.D. with distinction 1979); Princeton University (A.B. in Economics summa cum laude 1976)
- California, before all district courts in California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court
- Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California (1982-1990)
Repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers
Named a "National White Collar Crime Litigation Star" and as one of the nation's "Top Litigation Practitioners" by Benchmark Litigation