Sean M. Swinford

Associate Attorney

Mr. Swinford grew up in a rural part of central Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999.   After working in the insurance field for several years, he attended law school at The University of Toledo.  He thereafter moved to California and obtained his license to practice law in 2005.

Mr. Swinford concentrates his practice in civil litigation.  His experience includes business, real estate, construction and tort liability matters.  He has represented clients in all phases of litigation from case inception through trial.  Mr. Swinford also has experience advising small-to-medium sized businesses engaged in a variety of industries, including automobile dealerships, hospitality, real estate development and agriculture.

Representative Matters

  • Prepared respondent’s appellate briefs and presented oral argument in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case upholding trial court’s defense verdict in a case concerning revocation of a hotel’s conditional use permit.
  • Represented defendant in a four-day jury trial involving personal injuries allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident, obtaining judgment lower than defendant’s §998 offer and recovering costs against plaintiff.
  • Obtained judgment of dismissal after defendant’s demurrer to plaintiff’s third amended case was sustained without leave to amend in a breach of contract case involving sale of a dental practice.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant governmental entity against prominent plaintiff’s injury firm in a case alleging dangerous condition of public property.
  • Represented component part manufacturer in multi-million dollar product defect case involving allegedly defective intraocular lenses.
  • Prevailed in bench trial and obtained six-figure money judgment against defendant bailee regarding goods held on consignment.
  • Involved in defense of national trucking company with respect to a multi-fatality motor vehicle accident.
  • Represented national pay-day loan company in various cases alleging breach of contract and violation of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Represented seller in real estate transaction involving $12 million commercial property in downtown San Diego.