Donn A. Swift

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in New Haven, CT

Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante P.C.
52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-800-7343
Fax: 203-782-0278
Email: Donn A. Swift
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense (50%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Donn A. Swift first joined the firm in 1982 and has spent his entire legal career with Lynch, Traub, Keefe and Errante, P.C. He practices in the field of civil litigation and has tried cases in almost every court in the state. Donn’s area of practice includes the full scope of personal injury practice, including motor vehicle, premises liability and product’s liability. In recent years, in addition to resolving many cases through settlement, Donn has tried cases that include soft tissue injuries from a motor vehicle accident, premises liability cases involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death matters. Donn has advised clients on matters involving thousands as well as millions of dollars.

In 1978, Donn and his wife Nancy left Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and moved to San Francisco where Donn attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. Donn graduated magna cum laude in 1981 and returned home to Connecticut with Nancy and daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth, who were born in San Francisco. After starting with Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante in 1982, his son Daniel was born the following year. Donn is now the proud grandfather of two grandsons, Cullen and Eli.

Donn learned the practice of law from the firm’s Founding Partner William Lynch, as well as Steve Traub, the Chairman of the Civil Litigation Department at the firm. In addition to being trained in the law, Bill and Steve also instilled in Donn the qualities of hard work and integrity. If you are seeking an attorney who can advise you on your rights and fully represent your interests, either through settlement or trial, then Donn is the person whom you should call.

Donn’s professional experience includes not only an active trial practice, but also service to the community and the courts. In addition to lecturing at various seminars to other attorneys on numerous topics relating to civil litigation, Donn has also served as a Special Master in the Federal Court and an Attorney Trial Referee/Arbitrator in the Connecticut Superior Court system. A variety of parties have also called on Donn to either arbitrate or mediate matters involving litigation.

Donn has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist since 1991 and has also participated in writing the exam for other attorneys to become board certified. In addition to being a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Donn is an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, first receiving this honor in 1993.

Many cases are resolved through a settlement before trial is reached. The most effective resolutions occur in cases that have been properly prepared and the clients properly advised. Donn’s years of experience allow him to do both so that your interests are fully protected.

Certificates and Credentials

About Donn A. Swift

Admitted: 1981, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Christ Community Church HOPE Pregnancy Center White Oak Baptist Church

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, Pretrial Discovery Seminar, University of Bridgeport, 1986 Lecturer, Tort Reform I Seminar, Connecticut Bar Association, 1989 Lecturer, Nuts & Bolts Seminar, Closing Argument, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 Lecturer, Nuts & Bolts Seminar, Expert Witnesses, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 Lecturer, Pretrial Preparation, New Haven County Bar Association Seminar, 1990 Lecturer, Evidence in Trial Practice Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 1991 Lecturer, Bad Faith Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 1993 Lecturer, Trying Automobile Cases Seminar , National Business Institute, Inc. Seminar , 1995 Lecturer, Bad Faith Litigation Seminar , National Business Institute, Inc., 1996 Lecturer, Premises Liability Seminar , National Business Institute, Inc., 1994 Lecturer, Effective Motion Practice in Connecticut Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 1998 Lecturer, Trying the Soft Tissue Case Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 1999 Lecturer, A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 1999 Lecturer, Adjusting the Auto Claim Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2000 Lecturer, Damages in Civil Practice Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2000 Lecturer, Damages in Civil Practice Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2003 Lecturer, Personal Injury and Tort Law, New Haven County Bar Association Nuts and Bolts CLE Series, 2002 - 2004 Lecturer, Orlando, Florida, Evidence Acquisition and Retention, HADA Seminar, 2002 Lecturer, Admissibility Of Evidence and Expert Testimony in Connecticut Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2004 Lecturer, Smoke Detectors, the First Line of Defense, HADA Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, 2004 Lecturer, Expert Testimony Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2006 - 2008 Lecturer, HADA National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, Reasonable Accomodations , 2010 Lecturer, CT, NAHRO, on Reasonable accommodations, 2013 Lecturer, MRHP Seminar on Fair Housing, 2015 Lecturer, NAHRO Seminar on Fair Housing, 2016      

Representative Clients

  • Stanley Black and Decker Transportation General, Inc. (Metro Taxi) Housing Authority Insurance and various Housing Authorities throughout the State of Connecticut Individual Members of the New Haven Community

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut  , 1982
  • Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991


  • Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation/Personal Injury, Connecticut Magazine, 2006
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Office Location for Donn A. Swift

52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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