Derek H. Swanson

Phone: 804-385-0620

Fax: 804-977-2680


Office: Richmond VA

Practice Areas
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation
  • Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Automotive Law
Awards and Honors
  • Recipient, Emerson G. Spies Award, Outstanding Service to Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association, 2007
  • Recipient, McGuireWoods LLP Excellence Award, 2008

Derek H. Swanson

Derek H. Swanson is a Partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig and a veteran trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. Before joining the team, Derek worked at the office of an AmLaw 50 firm in Richmond, Virginia. Derek has handled hundreds of high-exposure cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Derek also has extensive experience arbitrating complex claims and counseling clients on litigation readiness and avoidance. He is a true litigation generalist but also has a specialist’s expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, complex arbitration, automotive product liability litigation, patent litigation, class action litigation, construction litigation, trade secret litigation, trademark litigation, and copyright litigation. Derek is also a former prosecutor and has tried hundreds of cases.
Derek’s dedication, judgment, and strategic thinking have won him the long-term trust of dozens of the biggest companies in the world, including automakers, product manufacturers, telecommunications companies, social media companies, retailers, high-tech start-ups, and energy companies.
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, JD, with Distinction, 2006
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., with Honors, 2002
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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