Robert A. Swift
Robert Swift is a pioneer in human rights litigation and a Director of the firm.
Background: Born 1946. College: Haverford College, B.A. 1968. Law School: New York University School of Law, J.D. 1973. Admitted: Penna. Bar (1973), US Supreme Court (1978), and numerous Federal, District and Circuit Courts nationally.
Legal concentration: complex civil litigation, including class actions, representing both individuals and corporations. Conducted trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. Major cases argued: Republic of the Philippines v. Pimentel, 553 U.S. 851 (2008); Pennsylvania v. Union Gas Company, 491 U.S. 1 (1989); In re Ferdinand E. Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 25 F.3d 1467 (9th Cir. 1994); 103 F.3d 767 (9th Cir. 1996); Murtagh v. County of Berks, 535 Pa. 50 (1993); Balazik v. County of Dauphin, 44 F.3d 209 (3rd Cir. 1995); D’amato v. Deutsche Bank, 236 F. 3d 78 (2nd Cir. 2001); Del Prado v. BN Development 660 F.3d 602 (5th Cir. 2010). Lead or Co-Lead counsel in: Marcos Human Rights Litigation (D.HI); Amino Acid Lysine Litigation (N.D.IL); Holocaust Swiss Bank Litigation (E.D.NY); European Insurance Holocaust Litigation (S.D.NY); Austrian Bank Holocaust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.).
Articles About: “Human Rights Crusader,” Nat’l Law J. 5/12/97; “Hitting A Home Run,” ABA Litigation Magazine, spring 1997; “The Marcos Loot,” Asiaweek 10/13/95; “Winning,” Nat’l Law J. 3/13/95; “Taking Tyrants To Court,” American Lawyer, Oct. 1991; CBS Evening News, September 2001: Eizenstat, Imperfect Justice (Public Affairs 2003); Authers & Wolfe, The Victim’s Fortune (Harper Collins 2002); “Righting a Wrong for Justice,” The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2012.
Author: Book, “The NLRB and Management Decision Making” (Univ. Pa. 1974). Articles: “Plant Relocation: Catching Up With the Runaway Shop,” 14 Bost. Coll.L.Rev. 1135 (1973); “NLRB Overkill: Predictions of Plant Relocation and Closure,” 8 Ga.L.Rev. 77 (1974); “In the Eye of the Human Rights Storm,” 58 Phila. Bar Assoc. Quart. 38 (1995); “The Financial Underside to the Holocaust Litigation,” 20 Card. L.Rev. 521 (Dec. 1998).
Awards: National Law Journal (1995) named one of the 10 best trial attorneys in the country; Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award given by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, (1994, 1995, 1997 and 2000); Finalist, National Law Journal Trial Lawyer of the Year (2000); Phila. Bar Assoc. Human Rights Award (1998); Haverford College Forman Award (1995); Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2010); Springfield H.S. Sports Hall of Fame (2010); Cox Price Human Rights Award from Univ. of Denver Sturm College of Law (2013); Citizen Diplomacy Philadelphia, Citizen Diplomat of the Year (2019.)
Speaking Engagements: Keynote speaker at “Legal Ethics and the Holocaust”, University of Houston Legal Symposium (September, 2000); University of Denver (2013); United Nations’ Task Force on Racism in the Third World (November, 2000 and 2007); CLE Course on Terrorism (2002). Frequent speaker at colleges and universities including Haverford College; Swarthmore College; Cardozo Law School; New York University School of Law; Temple University Law School; Rutgers Law School; Vanderbilt Law School; Univ. of the Philippines Law School.
Community Activities: Board of Managers of Haverford College (1995-2007); Chairman (1995-98 and 2002-07), Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education; a charitable organization which provides tennis instruction to 8,000 youth in the Philadelphia region.