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Distinguished trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience

Criminal defense attorney Jack B. Swerling has earned a reputation throughout South Carolina for being a vigorous trial lawyer. Mr. Swerling is committed to providing the best legal representation possible, no matter the charges or the identity of the accused. He pursues every legal option available to seek positive results for his clients.

A full-service trial attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Success as a trial attorney depends on intensive investigation, meticulous preparation and skills honed over decades of practice. Mr. Swerling has enjoyed success on behalf of his clients in the following areas:

  • State criminal law practice — Most criminal charges involve violations of state law. Mr. Swerling’s South Carolina state criminal law practice defends against a variety of charges, including assault and battery, burglary, drug offenses, sex crimes, theft crimes, weapons charges and homicide. For anyone facing criminal charges, the process is stressful, and the potential consequences are severe. Mr. Swerling stands by your side from your arraignment through your trial, and even to appeal if necessary.
  • Federal criminal law practice — In his federal criminal law practice, Mr. Swerling handles crimes that violate federal statutes. These include all types of cases: white collar crime, drug charges, conspiracy, money laundering, firearms violations, tax issues and computer crimes including pornography charges.
  • Criminal fraud — Theft crimes accomplished through deception are charged as fraud. A prosecutor must prove that the defendant intended to deprive a victim of property by means of deceit. Mr. Swerling has experience addressing and refuting the elements necessary to prove fraud.
  • Grand Jury and other law enforcement investigations — Being the target of a criminal investigation or even being a material witness can be a stressful experience. The Grand Jury process poses special challenges, because the accused cannot present a case or cross-examine witnesses. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you prepare for your testimony, which can make all the difference in the outcome.
  • Appellate practice — No attorney can promise that a trial will end in acquittal. However, when Mr. Swerling tries a case, he does his utmost to preserve issues for appeal so he can challenge an adverse verdict. Mr. Swerling has had many successes in his appellate practice.
  • Select civil litigation practice — Mr. Swerling also handles a select group of cases in his civil litigation practice. He often works with other lawyers, and they have obtained substantial damages for plaintiffs injured by medical malpractice, airline crashes and vehicle accidents. They also handle workers’ compensation and products liability cases.

Contact an experienced South Carolina criminal lawyer today

Your choice of attorney can make all the difference in your criminal defense or civil prosecution. If you are in need of a seasoned and successful criminal attorney in South Carolina, contact Jack B. Swerling. To make an appointment for a consultation, call 800-701-0599 or contact his Columbia office online.

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  • Columbia Office
    1720 Main St
    Columbia, South Carolina 29201-2850
    Phone: (803) 765-2626
    Fax: 803-799-4059
  • Highest Level of Professional Excellence Award
    Excellent Client Service Award
  • Best Lawyers Award: Best Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbia SC
    Super Lawyers Award: Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Columba, SC
  • Top 500 Fellows
    Selected As Fellow
  • Selected As Fellow - American Board of Criminal Lawyers
    Member IATL
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbia South Carolina Award

Jack Swerling In The News >>

  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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