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James A. Swartz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Boston, MA

Swartz & Swartz, P.C.
10 Marshall Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-1900
Fax: 617-367-7193
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

As the Principal and Managing attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., James Swartz has built a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected trial attorneys for personal injury cases. Serving Massachusetts as well as the New England states and nationwide, Mr. Swartz is committed to consumer advocacy. His dedication and experience have resulted in numerous million-dollar and multimillion-dollar successes for his clients. Mr. Swartz focuses his practice on negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.

Mr. Swartz graduated cum laude from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1987, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1990. During his time at Georgetown, he was executive editor of The Tax Lawyer from 1989 to 1990. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

As a member of the American Association for Justice since 2008, Mr. Swartz was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Massachusetts. Additionally, his peers have given him the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Demonstrating an extensive knowledge and passion for consumer rights, Mr. Swartz has spoken to consumer groups, school communities and educational programs for attorneys regarding product liability law and consumer safety, as well as authoring and co-authoring several articles and book chapters on these subjects. His active memberships include the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Public Justice Foundation and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

*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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About James A. Swartz

First Admitted: 1990, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • $6.0 Million (Drowning death - 6 year old boy at summer camp)
  • $ 2.012 Million, PARILLA V. ARROW, (Brain injury due to separation of two-piece introducer)
  • $ 4.0 Million, PARILLA V. BIDMC, (Brain injury due to separation of two-piece introducer)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Fighting Mandatory Arbitration", Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal, Summer, 2002
  • "Hazardous Playthings Causing Injury To Children", Children and Injuries, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2001
  • "Holding The Electronic Game Industry Accountable For The Deleterious Effects Violent Video Games Can Have On Our Children", Products Liability Advisory, May, 2001
  • "The Common Law In The New Millennium—Protecting Our Children", Civil Trial Practice—Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2000
  • "Keeping Our Children Safe", Facts & Findings, Nov., 1999
  • Co-Author, "Warning! Injury Prevention Mandates Safer Design and Adequate Warnings," 125 Products Liability Advisory 12, July, 1999
  • "Protecting Our Children", 116 Products Liability Advisory, Oct., 1998
  • "Supreme Court Rejects Medical Device Preemption", Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal,  Nov., 1996
  • Note, "The Controversy Surrounding the Adjustment of Earnings and Profits for Accrued Tax by Cash Method Taxpayer", 42 Tax Lawyer 821, Spring, 1989
  • Mr. Swartz also provided research and editorial assistance for Toys That Kill, Vintage Books/Random House 1986, a book on toy safety authored by Edward Swartz
  • Law Review: Executive Editor, The Tax Lawyer, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1989 - 1990
  • Mr. Swartz was appointed as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Trial Preparation Tools (James Publishing 2009)
  • "Med Mal and Products Liability: A Dangerous Intersection", Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal, Winter 2007, Vol. 1, No. 4
  • "Medical Instruments And Devices", Medical Errors And Litigation: Investigation And Case Preparation, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc., 2004
  • "Danger At Play", TRIAL, November, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1991
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • Boston Bar Association (BBA)
  • American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1992
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)

Educational Background

  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, B.A., Cum Ladue, 1987


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys Membership Invitation, 10 Best Attorneys Membership Invitation, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One Percent Invitation, Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One Percent Invitation, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2019
  • Champion of Justice Award
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in MA Invitation, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in MA Invitation, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2019
  • Charter Membership Invitation, Charter Membership Invitation, Distinguished Justice Advocates, 2019
  • "AV" Peer-Review rated (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in Massachusetts, Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2008

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice (Former Co-Chair Of AAJ’s Toys And Recreational Equipment Litigatio
  • Public Justice Foundation (Public Justice’s Massachusetts State Coordinator Since 1995)
  • The American Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers In Massachusetts Since 2008)
  • The Boston Bar Association
  • The Massachusetts Academy Of Trial Attorneys
  • The Massachusetts Bar Association (member Of The Lawyer Referral Service Committee From 1995-1998)
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Office Location for James A. Swartz

10 Marshall Street
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-742-1900

Fax: 617-367-7193

Last Updated: 6/13/2022

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