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Jennifer L. Swize


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  • University of Virginia (J.D. 2002; Order of the Coif; James C. Slaughter Honor Award to an outstanding graduating student; Roger and Madeleine Traynor Prize for writing); University of Notre Dame (B.A. in History with high honors 1993; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland and District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk: to the Honorable José A. Cabranes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2003-2004) and to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2002-2003)

Jennifer Swize's practice focuses on appellate and complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent cases including Federal Circuit appeals and patent trials in numerous district courts.

In 2016, Jennifer was a member of the team that achieved the record-breaking patent infringement verdict for Idenix Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), the largest infringement verdict in U.S. history. After a two-week trial, the jury ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $2.54 billion in damages for sales of sofosbuvir-based medicines, including Sovaldi and Harvoni, for its infringement of an Idenix patent related to the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Jennifer's other recent engagements include district court and Federal Circuit litigation on behalf of Purdue Pharma in Hatch-Waxman patent infringement actions regarding generic versions of OxyContin®, a widely prescribed treatment for pain relief, and successfully defending Celgene Corporation regarding drugs used to treat cancer.

Jennifer also maintains an active pro bono practice. She was a member of the team recognized in 2016 by the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) for the team's representation in a child custody dispute, and she successfully argued before the Fourth Circuit in a groundbreaking case on asylum law regarding persecution based on a particular social group. Jennifer is also involved in Firm recruiting and mentoring efforts, including serving on the Washington Office Recruiting Committee.

Jennifer Swize