is an Arlington, Virginia, attorney whose consumer practice focuses on the Virginia "lemon" law and the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
A 1975 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, Attorney Swann served as a government military lawyer until 1988, when he commenced his private practice. Prior to leaving the Federal Government, he taught four years at the United States Coast Guard Academy, in Connecticut, as an Assistant Professor of Law. From 1985-88, he served as legislative counsel to the Congressional Affairs Staff, U.S. Coast Guard, in Washington. He is a 1968 graduate of the United States Coasst Guard Academy, New London. He obtained his juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1974. He retired from Active Duty in 1988 as a Commander.
He is currently a member of the Virginia and Washington State bars, and the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eastern District of Virginia. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Fairfax and Arlington county bar associations, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
In nineteen short years, he has filed "lemon" lawsuits against DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Audi/Volkswagen, Canada New Holland, Winnebago, Kia, BMW, SMC, and Hyundai. Legal actions, frequently for fraud and breach of warranty, against dealers have included "car stores" of Rosenthal, Koons, Kline, Lustine, Ourisman, and HBL. He has successfully completed jury trials against Subaru, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Lexus. In July of 1997, his client in Debrew v. Lexus obtained a $83,000 final judgment against Lexus. This verdict is believed to be a record "lemon" law recovery against this manufacturer. Virginia's largest "lemon" buy-back -- $235,000 -- was accomplished in a RV case in 2001.
Recognizing the need for a consumer - attorney network, Mr. Swann has developed ties among automobile attorneys, and organizations such as the Center for Auto Safety, CARS, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, AUTOCAP, the Better Business Bureau (AUTOLINE), and numerous county offices of consumer affairs.
Mr. Swann shares legal offices with attorneys practicing estate, immigration, business, and criminal law, at Ballston Plaza. The office address is Suite 200, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, 22201, and it is three blocks from the Ballston METRO, and near Interstate 66 and the Glebe Road - Fairfax Boulevard intersection. Office and telephone consultations are often scheduled within twenty-four hours; a discounted, hourly consultation fee is charged.
Additionally, Mr. Swann frequently associates with other consumer attorneys for co-counsel representation in warranty, fraud, consumer protection, and related matters.
The office may be contacted weekdays, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, by telephoning (703) 243-7938; and telefax messages may be left at (703) 342-0403. Mr. Swann's E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Attorney Swann and Arlington County adult education offer seminars on purchasing new and used automobiles, and avoiding dealer deceptive practices and scams. He has also presented television and radio programs, and lectured before various consumer and attorney groups (including JAG attorneys from all service branches) and credit unions, on these topics, and on consumer law and advocacy.
Mr. Swann, residing with his wife in Arlington, joined Lions Clubs International
in 1981, and is past president of the Northwest Arlington Lions Club. He
also has served on the Board of Directors, Virginia Citizens Consumer Council
(VCCC). Recently Attorney Swann retrieved his 1959 trumpet from the
attic, and joined the Arlington Symphonic Orchestra and the Arlington Community
Virginia State Bar Continuing Legal Education - Virginia "lemon" law and consumer fraud (1997-2005)
George Mason Law School, Arlington - Warranty law and consumer rights (1997)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond - Virginia motor vehicle warranty and "lemon" laws (1997)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Williamsburg - "Sixteen Ways to Cancel a Car Deal" (2006)
Fairfax County Bar Association - Pro Bono CLE: Virginia Warranty Law &Consumer Protection Act (1995-2011)
Alexandria County Bar Association, Alexandria - Warranty law and consumer rights (1997)
Arlington County Adult Education - "Winning Strategies for Car-buying" (1990-2002)
District of Columbia Bar Association, Washington - "Fee Recovery in Consumer Cases" (1996)
American Bar Association Military Legal Assistance Seminar - Warranty Law and Consumer Protection (1999- 2005)
The Judge Advocate School (U.S. Army & Air Force) - Warranty Litigation and Settlement Strategies (2006 & 2008)
The American Bar Association, Military Legal Assistance Program, Yorktown - Warranty Litigation and Lemon Law (2004)
The American Bar Association, Military Legal Assistance Program, Norfolk - Lemon Law and Warranty Rights (2005)
Fairfax County Office of Consumer Affairs - Virginia consumer law (2011)
Jury Trials and Appeals::
Gray v. Ford Motor Company, U.S. District Court, Middle District
(Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals)
Borrasca v. Honda, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Rieder v. Ford Motor Company, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Hauth v. Bill Page Toyota, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Mitchener v. Kline Toyota Arlington, Arlington County Circuit Court
Hamer v. Volkswagen of America, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Hay v. Ford Motor Company, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Nesbitt v. Ken's Cars, Warren County Circuit Court
Peters v. Subaru, City of Lynchburg Circuit Court and Virginia Supreme Court)
Debrew v. Lexus/Toyota, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Schottland v. Quality Auto Body, Inc., Fairfax County Circuit Court
Alemon v. Stohlman's Mitsubishi, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Oliver v. General Motors, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Motor Vehicle Dealer Board v. Morgan, Virginia Court of Appeals
Chase v. DaimlerChrysler, Virginia Supreme Court
Arlington County Bar Association
Fairfax County Bar Association
Kitsap County (WA) Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
Washington State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association