James Swartz


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Leaders in the Law

James A. Swartz

Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

Mr. Swartz is currently Managing Attorney and Principal Shareholder at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., having joined the firm in 1993. He maintains a nationwide litigation and trial practice, pursuing claims on behalf of severely injured plaintiffs and their families resulting in numerous million dollar and multi-million dollar results.

Mr. Swartz is “AV” Peer-Review rated (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, a certification reflecting that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine every year since 2004. He has been a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2008, meeting the standards of excellence for selection to the “top 100 trial lawyers” in Massachusetts.

Mr. Swartz has made presentations at educational programs for attorneys, and has spoken to consumer groups and school communities regarding consumer safety issues and product liability law. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters relating to child, medical and product safety, and has testified before the legislature regarding consumer education and safety.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1990
Law Review: Executive Editor, The Tax Lawyer, 1989 – 1990

B.A., Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1987
Honors: Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Massachusetts, 1990
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1992

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Boston Bar Association (BBA)
Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
American Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Public Justice Foundation
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)

Published Works

Mr. Swartz has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters relating to child, medical and product safety, including:

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)

“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 Millenium—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)

“Warning! Injury Prevention Mandates Safer Design and Adequate Warnings” (Co-Author), 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.

Awards & Recognition

Super Lawyers
ATLA Top 100 MA Lawyer
Champion of Justice Award
Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

Representative Cases

$6 Million – DOE V. DAY CAMP (Drowning death of young boy)

$6.012 Million – PARILLA V. BIDMC/ARROW (Brain injury due to separation of two-piece introducer)



At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we are very proud of our high-caliber legal talent, and we assure you that your case will get personal attention.