James R. Swanson - Fishman Haygood, L.L.P.

James R. Swanson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 504-586-5267

Jim Swanson is the firm’s managing partner.

He appears in a broad range of business litigation matters, with emphasis on securities and other general commercial litigation. His efforts are recorded in over 100 reported decisions and he has obtained a number of multi-million dollar judgments for his clients.

Chambers & Partners calls Jim “dynamic and talented” and notes that “he is feared by his opponents and affirmed by all to be highly effective.” Benchmark calls him a “definite star.” Best Lawyers named him Lawyer of the Year for Bet the Company Litigation in 2011.

Jim has taught at Loyola Law School and Tulane University. He is the chairman of the Choice Foundation, the governing board of three turnaround public charter schools in New Orleans. He is a board member and treasurer of the Innocence Project and a board member of the New Orleans Opera Association.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law, 1987
    • Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A. Economic from Tulane University, 1984

Representative Matters

  • Baylor College of Medicine v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (FINRA)
  • UBS Financial Services, Inc. v. Carilion Clinic, 706 F.3d 319 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • UBS Financial Services, Inc. v. West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., 660 F.3d 643 (2d Cir. 2011)
  • In re Merrill Lynch Auction Rate Securities Litigation, 758 F.Supp.2d 264 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Lormand v. US Unwired, Inc., 565 F.3d 228 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Unger v. Amedisys Inc., 401 F.3d 316 (5th Cir. 2005)
  • Adams v. Securities America, Inc., 2006 WL 2631863 (E.D. La. 2006)
  • Civil Service Com’n of City of New Orleans v. City of New Orleans, 826 So.2d 23 (La.App. 4 Cir. 2002)
  • Capital City Press v. Board of Sup’rs of Louisiana State University, 822 So.2d 728 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2002)

Client Comments

"James Swanson is intelligent, creative, and his legal applications are on point. He thoroughly understood the case and the case issues of the other side. He effectively put together and led a team to successful conclusions."

-James Cole
Retired CEO, New Park Resources Inc.

"James Swanson is excellent in all regards."

-Jim Napper
Executive Counsel
Department of the Treasury, State of Louisiana

"James Swanson is outstanding."

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 4600
New Orleans, LA 70170-4600
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the New Orleans Metro Area
James R. Swanson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Communications, Complex Litigation, First Amendment, Media, Securities)
Litigation - Securities