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Suzanne Swaner

Suzanne Swaner

Partner

5830 Granite Parkway
Suite 1000
Plano, TX 75024
suzanne.swaner@nelsonmullins.com

Suzanne has tried more than a dozen products liability cases in state and federal courts in Texas and beyond. She has spent decades learning about her clients’ products and defending their design and performance in courtrooms nationwide. While Suzanne’s skill set readily translates across product lines, she has significant experience in the automotive arena, where...

Suzanne has tried more than a dozen products liability cases in state and federal courts in Texas and beyond. She has spent decades learning about her clients’ products and defending their design and performance in courtrooms nationwide. While Suzanne’s skill set readily translates across product lines, she has significant experience in the automotive arena, where she defends her clients in high-exposure cases involving catastrophic injury or death. Suzanne has also defended industrial equipment and utility task vehicle manufacturers in high exposure litigation. She has served in leading roles in multidistrict litigation and as national and regional counsel for her clients.

Suzanne Swaner

she defends her clients in high-exposure cases involving catastrophic injury or death. Suzanne has also defended industrial equipment and utility task vehicle manufacturers in high exposure litigation. She has served in leading roles in multidistrict litigation and as national and regional counsel for her clients.

Suzanne has tried more than a dozen products liability cases in state and federal courts in Texas and beyond. She has spent decades learning about her clients’ products and defending their design and performance in courtrooms nationwide. While Suzanne’s skill set readily translates across product lines, she has significant experience in the automotive arena, where... she defends her clients in high-exposure cases involving catastrophic injury or death. Suzanne has also defended industrial equipment and utility task vehicle manufacturers in high exposure litigation. She has served in leading roles in multidistrict litigation and as national and regional counsel for her clients.

Experience

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Experience

  • Stand-up speaking roles collectively covering every phase of trial in challenging jurisdictions in Texas, California, Arkansas, and Florida
  • Litigating products liability claims from start to finish, including factual investigation, developing the defense narrative, coordinating expert analysis, and leading all aspects of fact and expert discovery and depositions, pretrial proceedings and trial for automotive, recreational vehicle, industrial equipment, boat and consumer product manufacturers
  • Managing Texas state court multidistrict litigation for automotive manufacturer, including coordinating with nationwide defense efforts in complex litigation

Representative Cases

  • Directed verdict, affirmed by 5th Circuit, in death case involving allegedly defective curtain shield airbag (United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division)
  • Two defense verdicts in personal injury cases involving allegedly defective seats (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division and Upshur County, Texas)
  • Defense verdict in death case involving carbon monoxide poisoning in boat case (Galveston County, Texas)
  • Litigated personal injury case against utility task vehicle manufacturer that resulted in a settlement and dismissal in favor of the manufacturer from after-market component part supplier during trial

Education

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JD, cum laude (1997)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA (1993)

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • State Bar of Texas (1997–present)
  • American Bar Association, Member (2015–present)
    • ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Planning Committee Member (2016–2018, 2020)
  • LawMoms, P.C., Founding Member (2013–present)
  • LawMoms, PC, Founding Member (2013 to present)