Gregory R. Swygert
33 N. Dearborn, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone (312) 332-5675
Fax (312) 263-4670
Greg Swygert joined the law firm as a partner in 2012.
has extensive experience in complex criminal appeals.
also has significant experience with civil litigation at the trial level, and has 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.
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.
Immediately upon graduation from law school, 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.
Mr. Swygert graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he actively participated in the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions.
He received his bachelor's degree from Duke University.
is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.