Laura Swafford

Wagner Reese, LLP - Carmel
11939 N Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
317-569-0000
www.wagnerreese.com


Laura Swafford focuses her law practice representing individuals and their families in significant personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights cases.  Laura grew up in Carmel, Indiana, and attend college at Indiana University with a degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Legal Studies.  Laura obtain a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.  Prior to joining Wagner Reese, LLP, Laura was a litigator with a well-respected Indianapolis defense law firm where she focused her practice on cases involving personal and catastrophic injuries, employment discrimination, and civil rights violations. This prior experience sharpened Laura’s trial skills and has helped Laura to effectively advocate for her clients.

For the last 4 years (2019-2022), Laura has been selected by her peers to the Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, an honor only 2.5% of attorneys receive. She has also received recognition as a Best Lawyers:  Ones to Watch in 2021 and 2022 and by The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiffs Lawyers in Indiana. Laura has been a speaker at Indiana Trial Lawyer Association and National Business Institute conferences.

Laura is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the Southern District and Northern District federal courts and in the Seventh Circuit federal appellate court.  She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and bulldog.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Wrongful Death
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury
Jail and Prison Deaths
School Sexual Abuse
Auto and Truck Accidents
Fire and Explosion Cases
Daycare Negligence
Premises Liability

EDUCATION
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 2015, cum laude
President, Student Bar Association, 2014-2015
Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Executive Member, 2014-2015
Dean’s Tutorial Society, 2013-2015
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.S., 2012

HONORS & AWARDS
Selected to Rising Stars for Personal Injury  General, and Civil Rights
Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019  2022
The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch, 2021 & 2022
Bar Leader Series, Class of XVII
National Trial Lawyer Association, 40 Under 40, 2022

BAR ADMISSIONS
State of Indiana, 2015
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2015
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2015
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2017

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
Marion County Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS
“EEOC investigative subpoena power to be tested,” The Indiana Lawyer, March 22, 2017.
“Avoiding Spoliation: The Duty to Preserve Evidence,” The Workplace Lawyer, A Newsletter of the ISBA Employment, Labor & Benefits Section, 2016.

CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT
Opening speaker at the National Business Institute (NBI)’s seminar, “Pain and Suffering Damages in Personal Injury,” May 16, 2022.