Joseph W. Swanson

Carlton Fields

Practice Area: Cybersecurity & Privacy, Compliance, Litigation

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    “Joe treats me like I’m his most important client.”
    “He truly understands my perspective.”         


    "I focus on being responsive—both in terms of timeliness and in seeking to achieve the client’s goals for that engagement. To understand those goals, it is important to understand the client’s business and to put myself in their shoes. Finally, I aim to combine that responsiveness with pragmatism and judgment."

    – Joseph W. Swanson


    Joe Swanson is a former federal prosecutor who advises clients on a variety of issues related to cybersecurity and privacy. He has investigated and responded to data breaches and similar cyber incidents, and he has defended clients in litigation stemming from those incidents. In addition, Joe advises on best practices for interacting with law enforcement, regulators, and other constituencies in the event of a cyber incident. Joe also assists clients with drafting incident response guides and related cyber policies and procedures, as well as complying with privacy laws and regulations, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

    In addition to Joe’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, he represents companies and individuals in government and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations. His experience in this area has encompassed a range of issues, including cybercrime, theft of government property, pharmaceutical marketing, health care, gambling, securities, public company accounting, and compliance with professional standards of conduct. The internal investigations have been prompted by government enforcement proceedings, as well as company-initiated investigations based on suspected wrongdoing by employees, competitors, and other third parties. Joe has experience referring the findings of those investigations to federal prosecutors.

    Joe also defends companies, executives, and directors in shareholder litigation and high-stakes commercial litigation in federal and state court. These matters have included securities claims, trade secret disputes, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty.

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