Steven Swaney’s practice focuses on the defense against consumer class actions involving allegations of false advertising, product defect, fraud, breach of warranty, and other claims across many industries, including food and beverage, dietary supplements, automotive, consumer finance, electronics, and children's products. As a former assistant United States attorney in the District of Columbia and Maryland, Steven has tried more than 20 criminal cases to juries and coordinated in excess of 100 grand jury investigations.
Steven has 20 years’ experience handling all aspects of civil and criminal litigation. He is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having briefed and argued appeals in the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as several state appellate courts. His breadth of experience allows him to assist his clients in many different practice areas—including internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and criminal inquiries—and 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.
Steven has a proven track record of successfully defending his clients in high-stakes matters by seeking early dismissal of claims through aggressive motions and discovery practice. He achieves cost-effective results that reduce or eliminate exposure, protect his clients' brands and reputations, and prevent his clients from becoming frequent targets of class litigation. Steven's experience includes coordination of cases across multiple jurisdictions, often involving parallel regulatory proceedings, and working to ensure consistency in defense strategy while promoting his clients' overall business goals.