William W. Swor

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William W. Swor









William W. Swor is a highly rated and peer reviewed criminal defense expert with 48 years experience in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He was elected a Fellow on the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and is recognized, in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2002-2017. He has also been recognized as an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for fifteen years running.

William Swor is the recipient of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Justice for All Award in 2004, the National Lawyers Guild Defender of Justice Award in 2005, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Against all Odds Award.

Mr. Swor is the author of “Defending the Non-Citizen, The Anti- Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act,” Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, April 1997. He also serves as faculty for the Advanced Training Seminars of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan from 1993-present and the Trial Practice College of CDAM, 2004-2005.

William Swor & Associates have been retained in areas of:

    Criminal Defense
    Federal/Civil Rights Litigation
    Immigration Services & Immigration Law
    Domestic Relations matters
    Trial and Appellate Law
    Criminal & Administrative Health-Care Law
    Federal & State Criminal Representation


Wayne State University Law JD - Juris Doctorate 1972
Oakland University BA - Bachelor of Arts 1969

Awards & Recognition

The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell 2003-2018
AVVO Clients Choice Award 2018
Criminal Justice Act Recognition United States District Court EDM 2012
Legal Professional of the Year American Arab Chamber of Commerce 2010
Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds Award" Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter 2008
Bernard Gottfried Award ACLU of Michigan, Detroit Chapter 2006
Defender of Justice Award National Lawyers Guild 2005
Justice for All Award Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan 2004

William W. Swor has consistently provided representation consistent with the highest standards of practice. In March of 2015 he successfully defended a Canadian business man falsely accused of attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Mr. Swor's client was facing a minimum mandatory sentence of ten years but was acquitted of all charges. In January of 2014, Mr. Swor successfully defended a father accused by the state of Michigan of murdering his 11-month old son. His client was acquitted of all charges.

Mr. Swor has tried many politically charged cases. In He was lead counsel for Arab Americans falsely accused of conspiracy to engage in terrorism following September 11, 2001. He has defended charities accused by the United States government of providing support to terrorism. In 2013 he successfully defended Americans accused of conspiring to overthrow the United States government.

He has authored articles on various aspects of the practices of law and speaks frequently on legal issues in both print and electronic media. He has frequently been invited to speak to lawyers on continuing legal education topics and matters.
    Practitioners Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Committee 1995-present
    Advisory Board ACLU of Michigan 2011–present
    Fellow & Board of Governors American Board of Criminal Lawyers 2006–present
    A Vice President American Bar of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016-Present
    Director Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan 2000–present
    Member American Arbitration Association 1980–present
    Member Federal Bar Association 1980–present
    Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1980–present
    Member Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association 1976–present
    Member Macomb County Bar Association 1973–present
    Member State Bar of Michigan 1972–present

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