Mr. Swider is an Associate in the Commercial Practice and Litigation Group at Handler Thayer, LLP. His practice involves the representation of businesses and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation and transactions. Before joining Handler Thayer, LLP, Mr. Swider worked at a Chicago litigation practice and represented companies in matters involving commercial disputes, professional liability, products liability, and general liability in state and federal courts.
In addition, Mr. Swider spent several years as a litigation associate at an international law firm, where he represented clients in a wide range of substantive areas of law, including antitrust, employment law, trade secrets, franchise law, breach of contract, common law fraud, and RICO. Mr. Swider has also represented clients in several international arbitrations. He was part of a team that secured a victory for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in a high-profile international arbitration, and he also litigated arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Mr. Swider’s experience further includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of domestic and international businesses.
Mr. Swider earned his Juris Doctor degree with Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. While in law school, Mr. Swider was a teaching assistant for Legal Writing I & II and received CALI Awards for the highest grade in Legal Writing II, Antitrust, and Trial Advocacy. Mr. Swider also published an article for the Chicago-Kent Law Review during law school (Judicial Activism v. Judicial Abdication: A Plea for a Return to the Lochner Era Substantive Due Process Methodology, 84 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 315 (2009)). In addition, Mr. Swider holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with Highest Honors from DePaul University.
Mr. Swider is licensed to practice law in Illinois. He has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as state and federal courts throughout the country on a pro hac vice basis.