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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

Jack B. Swerling
Law Office of Jack B. Swerling
1720 Main Street, Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Work 803-765-2626
Fax Fax 803-799-4059
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1973
Education: University of South Carolina School of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (40%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%), Appellate (20%)


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016

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Columbia, South Carolina, attorney Jack B. Swerling focuses his legal practice on handling criminal cases and appeals in both state and federal courts. Mr. Swerling also handles select civil cases, and he has been a licensed practicing member of the South Carolina Bar since 1973.

Due to his effectiveness and accomplishments as a trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Swerling has been invited to become a fellow of several exclusive, prestigious organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. Membership in these organizations is limited and is only extended to attorneys who have been subjected to a rigorous investigation into their experience, demonstrated skill and character.

Mr. Swerling has also been honored with an AV Preeminent* peer review rating and recognition in "The Best Lawyers in America” publication in the area of criminal defense. Lastly, Mr. Swerling lectures frequently at continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges, and he speaks at schools, civic organizations and professional groups. He has written several books on criminal practice.

To learn more about Mr. Swerling, visit his law firm website at

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

About Jack Swerling

Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law

Admitted: 1973, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the 2012 Lawyers of the Year in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Recognized in the Best Lawyers edition of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine under criminal law and appellate practice.
  • Recognized as One of Midlands Legal Elite by Business Monthly Magazine
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Association for Justice
  • Best Lawyers in America - Criminal and Best Law Firms in America - Criminal
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Top Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel magazine - Criminal
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Life Fellow, South Carolina Bar Foundation
  • Recognized by the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, at the 2010 meeting of the South Carolina Bar Association, for 25 years of service to the Bench and Bar as the Course Planner, Moderator and Speaker of the Annual Criminal Law Update.   

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1974
  • South Carolina, 1973
  • Advisory Committee, The Child Victim Court Notebook, 1987
  • Chairman, South Carolina Criminal Docket Committee
  • South Carolina Uniform Jury Charge Project, 1991-1994
  • South Carolina Legislative Committee on Indigent Defense, 1990-1995
  • South Carolina Pre-Trial Intervention Advisory Committee, 1980-1982
  • South Carolina Board of Law Examiners, 1987-1992
  • South Carolina Supreme Court's Rules Committee
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline 1989-1993
  • John Belton O'Neil Inn of Court
  • American Judicature Society
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member, South Carolina Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Past President, South Carolina Bar Foundation
  • Chairman, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section, 1981-1984
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chairman, South Carolina Bar, Criminal Law Section, 1985-1986
  • Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Chairman, Criminal Law Committee, Richland County Bar Association, 1989-1991
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Docketing Task Force
  • Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, "I Can't Believe I Asked That Question:  A Look at Cross-Examination Techniques," 50 S.C.L.R. 3, 1999
  • South Carolina Trial Notebook, Volumes I, II and III (S.C. Bar), 1991
  • Author, "The Right to Free Speech Versus the Right to a Fair Trial - Balancing Competing Interests," 42 S.C.L.R. 901, 1991
  • South Carolina Lawyer, "Defending the Battered Woman," December, 1990
  • South Carolina Lawyer, "Jury Charges for Self-Defense in Homicide Cases," September/October,, 1989
  • Inside Drug Law, "Handling the Preliminary Hearing in Drug Cases," Volume 1, Number 5, December, 1984
  • "The Preliminary Hearing as a Discovery Device," Fall, 1982, The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Bulletin
  • Speaker, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Speaker, South Carolina Public Defender Association
  • Speaker, South Carolina Solicitors Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, April 21-23, 2010
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry, 1990 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1985-1989

Educational Background:

  • Clemson University, B.A. in Economics, 1968

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Last Updated: 10/10/2013
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