Gregory R. Swygert
33 N. Dearborn, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone (312) 332-5675
Fax (312) 263-4670
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude
Duke University, B.A.
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Greg Swygert joined the law firm as a partner in 2012. Mr. Swygert’s practice covers a broad range of legal matters including criminal defense, commercial litigation, whistle blower actions, and plaintiff’s civil rights. With an extensive background in complex criminal appeals, Mr. Swygert represents clients for their criminal appeals at both the direct appeal and post-conviction stages. He also specializes in counseling clients involved in partnership disputes and has significant civil litigation experience at the trial level, having represented clients in state and federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Louisiana.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Swygert was a staff attorney for Illinois’ Office of the State Appellate Defender’s Capital Post-Conviction Unit, a unit dedicated to representing individuals on Death Row during their state post-conviction appeals. While there, Mr. Swygert won a habeas corpus proceeding in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals granting his client a new sentencing hearing in state court. He was also awarded the Richard E. Cunningham Award in 2011 for his work representing death sentenced clients.
Before joining the State Appellate Defender, Mr. Swygert practiced as a plaintiff’s civil rights attorney at the law firm of Loevy & Loevy in Chicago. While at Loevy & Loevy, Mr. Swygert represented numerous plaintiffs in § 1983 civil rights lawsuits and the federal court-appointed administrator of Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
Mr. Swygert also was a two-year law clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. During Mr. Swygert’s clerkship, Judge Tarnow twice sat on panels of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Upon graduating from law school where he actively participated in Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Mr. Swygert joined the Capital Post-Conviction Unit of Louisiana in New Orleans where he defended Louisiana’s Death Row inmates during their state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus appeals.