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Charles Swartwood

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

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Jeffrey M. Poirier, Esq.
T: 617-228-9121
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108-3106
Judge Swartwood has mediated many complex multi-party insurance disputes since joining JAMS in 2006 and he is widely known and respected for his ability to settle challenging cases with a combination of sensitivity and understanding of the law. As former Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Judge Swartwood has more than 40 years of trial experience. Federal Judge Swartwood was a trial lawyer for 29 years where he primarily tried complex business-related cases. Most recently, as a trial judge for 12 years in the federal court system and for seven years, he has actively participated in settling cases through the Federal District Court’s ADR program.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated complex multi-party fire insurance subrogation dispute
  • Mediated large property damage insurance dispute where insurance company, through subrogation, sought to collect from alleged tort-feasor who caused damage to commercial property
  • Mediated numerous multi-party complex insurance subrogation claims to settlement
  • Mediated several complex insurance claims regarding liability for remediation of environmentally contaminated land site
  • 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
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    • “He has the sensitivity of someone who has tried a lot of cases. Expect him to understand the case in the context of many different areas of law.”

      “He has the ability to cut to the heart of the matter.”

      “He is creative.”

      - Lawyer comments from Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

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