• Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2006), magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Member of Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Georgetown University (B.A., 2001), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Honorable J. Frederick Motz, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

bar admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia

court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Joseph W. Swanson

Joseph W. Swanson


Joe Swanson advises clients on a variety of issues related to privacy and cybersecurity. He has investigated and responded to data breaches and similar cyber incidents. Mr. Swanson represents clients in litigation related to those incidents and advises on best practices for interacting with law enforcement, regulators, and other constituencies in the event of a cyber incident. Mr. Swanson, who co-leads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity practice, also assists clients with drafting incident response guides and related cyber policies and procedures.

In addition to Mr. Swanson's privacy and cybersecurity practice, he represents companies and individuals in government and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations. His experience in this area has encompassed a range of issues, including cybercrime, theft of government property, pharmaceutical marketing, health care, gambling, securities, public company accounting, and compliance with professional standards of conduct. Mr. Swanson also defends companies, executives, and directors in shareholder litigation and high-stakes commercial litigation.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Swanson served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. This experience provides the foundation for his practice. As an AUSA, Mr. Swanson investigated and prosecuted a broad range of offenses, including computer/privacy crimes, obstruction of justice, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, and money laundering. He tried seven cases to verdict and handled hundreds of hearings and other proceedings on behalf of the government. He also served as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Coordinator in Tampa, where he advised other prosecutors on investigative techniques involving internet and email providers, computers, websites, and other electronic evidence.

Following a federal court clerkship, Mr. Swanson began his career as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. There, he represented companies and individuals in SEC and FINRA investigations, as well as in complex litigation, including federal multi-district litigation.