February 22, 2020

Steven E. Swaney

Steven is a seasoned trial attorney with years of experience handling all aspects of litigation. As a former Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and Maryland, Steven has tried more than 20 cases to juries and coordinated in excess of 100 grand jury investigations. He has also briefed and argued appeals in the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits.

In private practice, Steven has a proven track record of aggressively and successfully defending his clients in high-stakes class actions in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on the defense of class actions involving allegations of product defect, consumer fraud, breach of warranty, and other mass tort claims. His strategy seeks early dismissal of claims through aggressive motions and discovery practice, with the aim of achieving positive and cost-effective results that drastically reduce or eliminate exposure, protect his clients’ brands and reputations, and prevent his clients from becoming frequent targets of class litigation.

Steven’s broad range of experience in all aspects of litigation allows him to be actively involved in defending his clients at all stages of litigation, from attacking the pleadings to factual investigation, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeal.


  • Defended major automaker in a class action asserting fraud, breach of warranty, and unfair competition claims, in which summary judgment was granted dismissing plaintiff’s claims.

  • Defended national insurance company in class action alleging deceptive sales practices for its life and disability products, asserting breach of contract and unfair competition law claims.

  • Represented chemical manufacturer in putative class action involving mass tort and medical monitoring claims, in which denial of class certification upheld on appeal.

  • Co-authored amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in capital case involving application of federal Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (Lawrence v. Florida, 549 U.S. 327).

Articles in the National Law Review database by Steven E. Swaney