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Jack Bruce Swerling - Columbia, SC

1720 Main StreetSuite 301 Columbia, SC 29201- 2850

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Updated: 02/26/2018

Columbia Federal Criminal Law Lawyer


Jack B. Swerling is an active litigator, writer, and lecturer. He focuses his legal practice on criminal cases in state and federal courts and a select group of civil cases. Mr. Swerling has been a member of the South Carolina Bar and licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of South Carolina since 1973...

About Jack Bruce Swerling

Practice Areas

  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Drug Offenses
  • Assaults
  • Weapons Charges
  • Murder
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Appeals


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member


Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1973
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976

Other Affiliations

  • Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession
  • Richland County Bar Association, 1989 - 1991 (Chairman, Criminal Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Criminal Justice)
  • South Carolina Bar, 1985 - 1986 (Chairman, Criminal Law Section)
  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, 1981 - 1984 (Chairman, Criminal Law Section)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (Life Fellow and Past President)
  • Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • South Carolina Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (a founding member)
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Judicature Society
  • John Belton O'Neil Inn of Court
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline, 1989 - 1993
  • South Carolina Board of Law Examiners, 1987 - 1992
  • South Carolina Pre-Trial Intervention Advisory Committee, 1980 - 1982
  • South Carolina Legislative Committee on Indigent Defense, 1990 - 1995
  • South Carolina Uniform Jury Charge Project, 1991 - 1994
  • South Carolina Criminal Docket Committee (Chairman)
  • The Child Victim Court Notebook, 1987 (Advisory Committee)


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1973
  • Clemson University, 1968
    Major: Economics

Past Positions

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 1985 - 1989
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Adjunct Faculty, 1990 - Present


Other Sources of Feedback About Jack Bruce Swerling

Included on the 2024 South Carolina list

Past Lists

  • 2023 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 South Carolina Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Jack Bruce Swerling on Super Lawyers


  • Top 10 list for South Carolina Attorneys, - 2017
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

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Office Information


1720 Main StreetSuite 301 Columbia, SC 29201- 2850


  • 803-799-4059



  • The Right to Free Speech Versus the Right to a Fair Trial - Balancing Competing Interests, 42 S.C.L.R. 901, 1991
  • I Can't Believe I Asked That Question: A Look at Cross-Examination Techniques, 50 S.C.L.R. 3, 1999
  • The Preliminary Hearing as a Discovery Device, The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Bulletin, Fall, 1982
  • Handling the Preliminary Hearing in Drug Cases, Inside Drug Law, Volume 1, Number 5, December, 1984
  • Jury Charges for Self-Defense in Homicide Cases, South Carolina Lawyer, September/October, 1989
  • Defending the Battered Woman, South Carolina Lawyer, December, 1990
  • South Carolina Trial Notebook, S.C. Bar, Volumes I, II and III, 1991
  • On Being A Trial Lawyer, South Carolina Lawyer 1999, The Champion 2000
  • Contributing author: South Carolina Criminal Trial Techniques Handbook, South Carolina Bar, 1998
  • Co-author My Little Rules Book - Criminal, Annotated Second Edition, South Carolina Bar, 2004

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