Jeffrey Swyers’ practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits litigation matters. Mr. Swyers has extensive trial experience including jury and bench trials in federal district courts, as well as trials in bankruptcy courts and administrative tribunals. Mr. Swyers regularly litigates complex withdrawal liability cases addressing issues such as controlled group liability, and has extensive experience litigating cases involving alter ego and successor liability issues. His experience extends from the district court level through to appellate level and he has argued many important withdrawal liability issues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Swyers also has significant experience litigating withdrawal liability matters in arbitration hearings. Mr. Swyers handles all aspects of bankruptcy collection matters on behalf of multiemployer funds, ranging from the initial claims process to appeals and representation on creditors’ committees and his practice includes all aspects of the collection of delinquent contributions ranging from district court lawsuits to negotiating collection settlement plans. Mr. Swyers also has extensive experience in the arbitration and litigation of trustee deadlocks as well as litigation of fiduciary liability matters. Mr. Swyers is a regular instructor in the Trial Skills Drills program which is sponsored by the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance.
Prior to joining Slevin & Hart, Mr. Swyers served for eight years as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division. While at the Justice Department, Mr. Swyers twice received the Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award.
Mr. Swyers received his B.A. degree in history from Davidson College. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Tulsa, where he served as an editor for the Tulsa Law Journal.
Mr. Swyers is a member of the District of Columbia and Oklahoma bars and is a member of the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits.