With more than 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Pat Swan has been recognized dozens of times for his representation of clients in commercial litigation and white collar matters. 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 and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Pat served as a federal criminal prosecutor for more than 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 recently settled a nationwide civil RICO action seeking more than $3 billion in damages and an action to rescind a $60 million real estate transaction. He is currently handling several complicated commercial disputes and defending several ongoing government investigations involving allegations of civil and/or criminal wrongdoing.
Pat serves on the board and is an officer of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, and he also 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®.
- 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