Daniel D. "Dan" Swanson

Daniel D. "Dan" Swanson

Sommers Schwartz PC

Recognized since 1997

Southfield, Michigan

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals
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Dan Swanson has extensive experience in employment litigation, handling claims of

Breach of Employment Contract

Non-Competition Agreements

Discrimination (race, age, sex, disability etc.)

Whistleblower Claims

Wrongful Termination

Sales Representative Commission Disputes

Family& Medical Leave Act Claims

Severance Negotiations

Dan’s practice is unique in that he represents both employees and employers across a number of industries such as automotive manufacturers and suppliers, vocational schools, computer sales and services companies, and food distributors. He also has substantial commercial litigation experience and this broad background informs his balanced perspective as a state court case evaluator for employment and complex commercial cases. Along with his success in trying employment cases in federal and state courts, he is also very effective in alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration, facilitation, and mediation. A skilled negotiator, he frequently achieves his clients’ goals without the additional time and expense associated with litigation. Imaginative and aggressive application of the law characterizes Dan’s philosophy, and his clients have described him as thoughtful, innovative, smart, caring, and responsive. Employment-related disputes are often intense and personal, and his approach, knowledge of the law, ethics, and passionate advocacy is critical to his ability to effectively represent and secure favorable outcomes for his clients.


  • One Towne Square, Suite 1700
    Southfield, MI 48076


  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Juris Doctor
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Bachelor of General Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, State of Michigan


  • American - Member
  • American Constitution Society - Former member of the Board of Directors
  • Birmingham Country Club - Former officer and member of the Board of Directors
  • Cass Community Social Services - Former Chairperson and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Michigan Association for Justice - Former Executive Board Member
  • Michigan State Courts - Case Evaluator
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Former Chairperson, Labor & Employment Section
  • State Bar of Michigan - Former Chairperson, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Thomas Cooley Law School - Cooley Professionalism Advisory Committee

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Detroit (2018)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Individuals

Special Focus

  • Individuals


  • LawDragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers– 2018Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law” – 2014Listed in Best Lawyers for Employment Law each year since 1995Recognition for Pro Bono Service, U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan – 2014DBusiness Top Lawyer – 2012, 2013 and 2015Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2006 to present; Top 100 – 2006, 2008, and 2010AV Preeminent Lawyer – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale-Hubbell)


Employment Law

Commercial Law & Intellectual Property

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