After eight years of being retained by insurance companies to defend their insured(s) in third-party cases, David B. Swick switched to the other side of the "V." joining Smith & Hassler, LLP in March 2014.
"My time spent on the defense side taught me how insurance companies think and evaluate cases. This experience will help me competently advise our clients about their case and maximize their damages."
Mr. Swick practices in the areas of personal injury, products liability, premises liability and work related accidents. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization after having tried numerous cases to verdict, attending continuing legal education seminars in the realm of personal injury, being evaluated by Judges and opposing lawyers, and passing a day long written exam to demonstrate competence and experience in personal injury litigation.
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Mr. Swick was selected to Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list five years in a row from 2012-2016. In 2017, after turning 40 and in his first year of eligibility, Mr. Swick was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Mr. Swick received his Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin in May 1999, and his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in May 2002. He has been licensed to practice law since November 2002. While in law school, he was President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the college's award winning mock trial and moot court national teams. Mr. Swick was the recipient of the 2002 "Dean's Citizenship Award" for significant contributions to benefit the college and the community of law students, and his classmates voted him "Outstanding Male Graduate." Mr. Swick was invited to serve as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law in 2004.
Mr. Swick is licensed to practice in the State of Texas and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Texas.