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Douglas Swalina concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, including class action defense.

Professional Background

Mr. Swalina joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2011. Previously he was an associate at Yoss LLP in Miami.

Following his graduation from law school where he completed two consecutive internships in the civil and appellate divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, as well as an internship for U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas B. McCoun III, Mr. Swalina began his professional legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Maurice M. Paul, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

Mr. Swalina then clerked for the Honorable Harold DeMoss, Jr., Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During this clerkship, he also was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School where he taught legal research, writing and oral advocacy.

Following his clerkships, Mr. Swalina was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused his practice on government investigations and white collar criminal defense for Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Swalina relocated to southern Florida in 2002 and worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and White & Case LLP as a senior associate, where he focused his practice on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation in both state and federal courts across the country.

Publications

Author, “Judge’s Profile – Honorable Maurice M. Paul,” 46-Jul Fed. Law. 16 (1999).

Author,  “Went For It, But It Went Too Far: How Limiting Targeted Direct Mail Solicitation of Clients Harms the Reputation of Attorneys More Than It Helps,” 26 Stetson Law Review 437 (1996). For this article, Mr. Swalina was named a SCRIBES National Writing Contest Finalist.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Participated in the successful pro bono appeal to the Eleventh Circuit for an alien deported to Trinidad from the United States

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 1997

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1993

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