Jeffrey D. Swartz


Bio Swartz


B.A. Ohio University of Florida, 1972
J.D. WMU-Cooley Law School, 1976

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Jeffrey Swartz joined the faculty at WMU-Cooley Law School in 2013, following several years in private practice.

Just prior to joining WMU-Cooley, he served as senior trial counsel in commercial litigation and criminal defense for Rosenthal, Rosenthal Rasco Kaplan, LLC, and Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez and Silver, PL. From 2005-2009, he was a partner in the firm of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, and Puya, P.A., where he practiced in the areas of professional malpractice defense, commercial litigation, criminal defense insurance coverage litigation, and attorney fee litigation. He has appeared as an expert witness on standard of care for attorneys and attorney fee issues.

Professor Swartz was a county court judge for Miami-Dade County, Florida, 1995-2005, where he presided over criminal and civil cases.

Before taking the bench, Swartz maintained a solo practice in Miami, Florida, 1984-1995, concentrating on federal and state criminal defense, as well as commercial litigation. From 1980 to 1984, he was an assistant state attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida for four years, and an assistant county prosecutor for Lucas County, Ohio, in Toledo, 1976-1979.

Professor Swartz has participated in appeals and oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the First, Fourth and Third District Courts of Appeal of Florida.

While serving as a county court judge, Swartz served as a member of the faculty of the Conference of County Court Judges, as well as for the faculty of the College of Advanced Judicial Studies. He also served three terms as a member and chair of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

At WMU-Cooley, Professor Swartz teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.


Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Jeffrey Swartz, Terry v. Ohio At 50:  What It Created, What It Has Meant, Is It Under Attack And Is The Court Opening The Door to Police Misconduct?, 38 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 44 (2017).
  • Jeffrey Swartz, The Florida Constitution:  The Right Against Self-Incrimination is Alive and Well in Tallahassee!, 33 W. Mich. U. T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 319 (2016).


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