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David E. Swanson

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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Felony Drug crimes
  • Felony Assualt crimes
  • Child molestation and sex crimes including rape
  • Felony theft
  • Domestic vilencea and child abuse
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana
  • Auto theft
  • Identity theft
  • Vehicular manslaughter


The Law Office of David Swanson has specialized in sophisticated criminal defense for more than 30 years. In fact, Attorney David Swanson, has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specializtion as a Criminal Law Specialist since 2006. There are more than 266,000 licensed attornys in California and less than 400 in the entire state are Certified Specialists in Criminal Law like Attorney David Swanson. Attorney David Swanson started as a Public Defender in Orange County over 30 years ago. After rapidly advancing in the Public Defender's Office to trying murder cases within 5 years, he decided to spread his wings and form his own law firm specializing in criminal defense. Attorney David Swanson specializes in serious felony cases including murder, robbery, felony assault, drug trafficing, rape, sex cases (including child molestation), white-collar fraud, domestic violence, and driving under the influence (DUI). From his start in the Public Defender's Office to the present, Attorney David Swanson has excelled as a trial lawyer, winning NOT GUILTY trial verdicts in murder, attempt murder, robbey, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and despite the extreme difficulties, in a number of child molestation trials. In fact, Attorney David Swanson has never lost a child molestation trial. Attorney David Swanson brings a special skill level to the table for his clients. Skills that have been developed over 30 years that gives his clients an important edge when they go to court. Attorney David Swanson also brings a separate asset to assist his clients. Attorney David Swanson is also one of four "conflict counsel" appointed to assist indigent defendants in the Harbor Justice Center and also indigent defendants charged with "Special Circumstance Murder," in which the "Death Penalty" could be imposed. As a former Public Defender, Attorney David Swanson has decided that even in private practice he should assist defendants who are indigent. As a result of that commitment, the Orange County Superior Court judges, and particularly the Harbor Justice Center judges have decided and approved Attorney David Swanson's professional standing and abiltiy, qualifying him to represent criminal defendants in some of the most serious cases that are filed in the Orange Counry Superior Court. Attorney David Swanson was first chosen and accepted that obligation in 1998, and has continued in that role without interruption ever since. Attorney David Swanson has made personal monetary sacrifices to continue to represent indigent defendants, but he feels that it is necessary because his non-indigent clients also benefit from this "inside role" arrangement. Attorney David Swanson realizes when a person is charged in a criminal case that becomes the most important and critical situation in the client's life. Attorney David Swanson never loses sigjht of that significance and Attorney David Swanson is what's called a "solo practicioner." That means he will handle ever aspect of your case and he will not turn it over to a less-experienced associate, as many other lawyers/law firms do. When you retain Attorney David Swanson, you can be assured you are getting the "real thing" so accept no substitute. Call today and speak to Attorney David Swanson, by calling 949-355-3166 his cell phone and be connected directly to Attorney David Swanson.



Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2005


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, Phoenix, Arizona
    • M.B.A - 1978
    • Major: Business
  • University of Illinois, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1976

Professional Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • California Public Defenders Association, Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member