Hon. Charles B. Swartwood, III (Ret.)

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Judge Swartwood has mediated numerous actions involving municipalities and townships and is widely known and respected for his ability to settle challenging cases with a combination of sensitivity and an understanding of the law. As a result of Judge Swartwood’s prior experience as a Selectman and his involvement as special counsel to two separate municipalities, he has been selected to mediate numerous cases in which municipalities have been a party. As former Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Judge Swartwood has more than 40 years of trial experience in virtually all areas of the law.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated a municipality rate settlement case
  • Mediated civil rights/zoning case involving housing for various groups within a municipality
  • Mediated personal property case between a utility and a municipality
  • Mediated several civil rights actions against municipalities
  • Mediated several zoning disputes involving shopping centers and utilities
  • Mediated two complex construction cases involving municipalities

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, 2009 - November 2013
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Director, Federal Magistrate Judge’s Association, First Circuit, 1999-2003
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), Trustee, 1986-1988 and 1989-1990; Treasurer, 1987-1988
  • Life Member, American, Massachusetts (President, 1991-1993), and Worcester County Bar Foundations
  • Massachusetts (President, 1989-1990) and Worcester County (President, 1979-1980) Bar Associations
  • Admitted to and have appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court, First Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court (Mass.), and U.S. Tax Court

Background and Education

  • Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, Boston, MA, 2006-present
  • Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2005-January 2006; Magistrate Judge, 1993-2005
  • Commissioner/Hearing Officer for Judicial Misconduct, Supreme Judicial Court, 1983, 1989, and 1991; Member, Board of Bar Overseers, 1981-1985; Vice Chair, 1984-1985
  • Special Justice, Central District Court of Worcester, MA, 1973-1976
  • Moderator, Town of Southborough, MA, 1970-1973; 1977-1980
  • Selectman, Town of Southborough, MA, 1967-1970 (Chair, 1969-1970)
  • Private Practice, Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1964-1993
  • LL.B., Boston University School of Law, 1964
  • A.B., Brown University, 1961


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