201 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 4600
New Orleans, LA 70170

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Local Litigation Star

Practice area:

Intellectual property
Product liability and recall

Jim Swanson represents state and local governments, corporations, and individuals in cases involving municipal finance, derivatives, CDOs, Ponzi schemes, corporate tax, coastal land loss, industrial and environmental accidents, and a range of other subject areas. Jim’s efforts are recorded in over 100 reported decisions. Jim is widely known for his securities practice and has obtained multi-million dollar judgments for his clients in jury and bench trials and commercial arbitrations.

In addition to his established securities practice, Jim is working on a series of cases involving coastal land loss and environmental damage for governmental entities and private landowners. He also represents several commercial contractors in confidential international arbitrations arising out of large-scale infrastructure and industrial development projects. Most recently, Jim and his team prosecuted bilateral investment treaty claims before a tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce in London on behalf of a Turkish contractor against a North African nation for defaulting on a major housing and infrastructure contract and won a substantial unanimous award from the panel.

Jim is a fellow of the American and Louisiana Bar Foundations and a member of the International Society of Barristers.   Jim is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) in Securities Litigation and is a panelist in PLI’s annual program, Securities Litigation: From Investigation to Trial.

Jim is a founding member of Fishman Haygood and served as Managing Partner of the firm from 2007 through 2019.


Updated Sep 2021