William W. Swor has been an attorney in private practice for 42 years.
He has tried many high profile and politically charged cases, including Young Boys Incorporated (drug conspiracy), & The Chambers Brothers (drug conspiracy).He was counsel for one of the defendants in the first terrorism case tried in the United States after September 11, 2001. That case resulted in dismissal of all charges against the defendants and prosecution of the lead Assistant United States Attorney.
In 2012 Mr. Swor was lead counsel in United States v. David Stone, et al, a case in which members of a rural Michigan militia were charged with Seditious Conspiracy to oppose and overthrow the United States Government.The trial of that case resulted in an acquittal of all major charges
Mr. Swor has authored articles on various aspects of the practice of law, and has spoken frequently on legal issues in both the print and electronic media.
He has taught at conferences hosted by numerous professional organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the ACLU of Michigan and the National Legal Committee of NORML.
In 2005 Mr. Swor received the Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild’s Defender of Justice award in recognition of his work on behalf of four Middle Eastern men who had been falsely accused of supporting terrorism.In 2004 he was a recipient of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Justice for All award .He has also received the Detroit ACLU Bernard Gottfried, award, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2007 Rodney Thaxton, Against All Odds award.In 2010 the American Arab Chamber of Commerce named him their Legal Professional of the Year.
He served served two terms as chairman of the General Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and currently sits on its Board of Governors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM).
He has been recognized by placement in the Martindale Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers every year since 2004.He also has received a rating of 10.0 (out of 10.0) from the AVVO rating website.