Jack B. Swerling

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

Law Office of Jack B. Swerling
 | 1720 Main Street, Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-765-2626
Fax: 803-799-4059
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jack B. Swerling of Columbia , South Carolina  focuses his legal practice on handling criminal cases and appeals in both state and federal courts. His primary focus is the defense of criminal cases relating to white collar offenses, all areas of fraud, drug cases, weapon related cases, money laundering, conspiracy, murder cases and other violent crimes, property crimes, computer related crimes, public corruption, tax crimes and various other criminal offenses.  Mr. Swerling also handles select civil cases. He has been a licensed practicing member of the South Carolina Bar since 1973. Mr.Swerling has held various positions including a Bar Examiner, a member of the Board of Grievances and Discipline, President of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, and he is currently a member of the Chief Justice's Commission on the Legal Profession

Due to his effectiveness and accomplishments as a trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Swerling has been selected as a Fellow in several exclusive, by invitation only, prestigious organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, 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 by Martindale-Hubbell and recognition in "The Best Lawyers in America” publication in the area of criminal defense for the last twenty-six years. He has been selected for South Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception in 2008 and is currently listed in the Top Ten. Mr. Swerling coordinates and lectures frequently at continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges, and he speaks frequently at schools, civic organizations and professional groups. He has written several books, chapters and articles on various areas of criminal defense. He has been on the Faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Law and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuro Psychiatry. Mr. Swerling received the Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015.

To learn more about Mr. Swerling, visit his law firm website at http://www.jackswerling.com/.

*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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Jack Swerling

Admitted: 1973, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.jackswerling.com/Attorney-Profile/


  • Compleat Lawyer Award, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2014
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell ( more than 5 years) AV Preeminent Status from Martindale-Hubbell (more than 5 years)  Awarded Client Champion Status ( Platinum)  by Martindale-Hubbell (2017)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 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
  • 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:

  •  Member, South Carolina Crime Victim Advisory Board by appointment of the Attorney General, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1974
  • For 31 years ( 1985-2016) ,  participated as a speaker, then moderator and coordinator of a multi-day program sponsored by the South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina Bar. The program was called Bridge the Gap and was a required course to complete admission to the Bar.The program was eventually phased out as the result of many new programs such as mentoring to introduce and assist new admittees to the practice of law., 31
  • Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession (2011-- )
  • 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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Over the years , has spoken to dozens of schools,organizations and leadership groups about the practice of criminal law and has participated on several community organization boards.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • My Little Rules Book - Civil and Criminal. A compact courtroom aide setting forth the Rules of Procedure and Rules of Evidence , annotated, Author, South Carolina Bar, 2004
  • 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
  • Faculty ,National Institute of Trial Advocacy, April 21-23, 2010
  • Commencement Speaker, University of South Carolina School of Law Graduation
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1985-1989. For the last four years  has been invited to address the entire incoming freshmen class at the University of South Carolina School Of Law on the topic of " Introduction to the Practice of Law." Also has been invited to speak to numerous classes at the Law School.
  • Well over 200 seminars or Continuing Legal Education programs as, Speaker,Course Planner, or Moderator
  • 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, South Carolina Public Defender Association
  • Speaker, South Carolina Solicitors Association
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry, 1990 - Present


  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts in Criminal Trials and Reversals on Appeal

Educational Background:

  • Clemson University, B.A. in Economics, 1968
  • University of South Carolina School of Law , 1973
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Office Location for Jack B. Swerling

1720 Main Street
Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-765-2626

Fax: 803-799-4059

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