Jack Swerling is a criminal attorney, litigator, writer and lecturer in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been practicing since 1973 and focuses on criminal cases in both state and federal courts. He received his BA in Economics from Clemson University in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1973. He was selected to South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine Top Ten List in 2017 and remains in the Top 10. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Criminal Defense. In 2014, he received the Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He has been elected a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers,the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.  He has been the defense attorney in many well-publicized cases including for Irish Traveler Rose M. Mullholland, and for Lexington County's Larry Gene Bell and serial killer Donald Henry Gaskins.
In 2002, criminal Jimmy Causey broke into Swerling's home and held him, his wife and their daughter at gunpoint. Swerling represented Causey in 1989 and in the early 1990s and got Causey reduced sentences as his lawyer. Testimony in his trial in 2004 revealed that Causey held a grudge for having to serve time. In 2004, Causey was sentences to five life terms for the crime against the Swerlings. He escaped in 2005 and again in 2017 but was caught both times before harming Swerling or anyone else.
- Author, "The Right to Free Speech Versus the Right to a Fair Trial – Balancing Competing Interests," 42 S.C.L.R. 901 (1991)
- Author, "I Can't Believe I Asked That Question: A Look at Cross-Examination Techniques," 50 S.C.L.R. 3 (1999) 
- "The Preliminary Hearing as a Discovery Device," Fall, 1982, The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Bulletin
- Inside Drug Law, "Handling the Preliminary Hearing in Drug Cases," Volume 1, Number 5, December, 1984
- South Carolina Lawyer, "Jury Charges for Self-Defense in Homicide Cases," September/October, 1989
- South Carolina Lawyer, "Defending the Battered Woman," December, 1990
- South Carolina Trial Notebook, Volumes I, II and III (S.C. Bar 1991)
- "On Being A Trial Lawyer," South Carolina Lawyer 1999 and The Champion 2000
- Contributing author: South Carolina Criminal Trial Techniques Handbook, South Carolina Bar, 1998
- Co-author My Little Rules Book – Criminal, Annotated Second Edition, South Carolina Bar 2004
- "Mr. Jack B. Swerling". www.hg.org. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- UofSCLaw (2014-04-25), Jack Swerling – 2014 Compleat Lawyer Award Platinum Recipient, retrieved 2018-10-24
- "Judge sends 5 South Carolina Irish Travelers to prison for massive fraud schemes". The Greenville News. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- "Columbia defense attorney talks about what he would do to defend man accused of killing his 5 children". thestate. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- "State v. Gaskins". Justia Law. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- Press, JEFFREY COLLINS Associated. "Noted lawyer takes stand as victim of armed robber". GoUpstate. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- "SC kidnapper got life in prison. His escape 'sent a chill' down the victim's spine". thestate. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, Maya T. Prabhu. "South Carolina man convicted of kidnapping his former attorney escapes Lieber Correctional Institution". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- "Former victim of escaped SC inmate relives nightmare, but feels confident in law enforcement". www.wistv.com. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- Bantz, Phillip (2017-07-07). "Escapee captured, attorney relieved". South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- Swerling, Jack (October 24, 2018). "I Can't Believe I Asked That Question". Hein Online.
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