Stroudsburg, PA – James A. Swetz (left) and Brandon R. Reish (right) of Cramer, Swetz & McManus, P.C., Stroudsburg, PA., have been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer List to be published in the June 2012 edition of Philadelphia Magazine as among Pennsylvania’s top criminal defense lawyers. Swetz was named to the list for a fifth time and Reish was listed as a Rising Star for the first time. Only about five percent of all Pennsylvania lawyers make the annual Super Lawyer List. The Rising Star designation is reserved for lawyers under 40 years of age or those practicing less than 10 years. Only 2.5 percent of young Pennsylvania lawyers achieve the Rising Stars honor each year.
The selection process for the Super Lawyer list starts with balloting by experienced Pennsylvania lawyers who are asked to identify the best lawyers they have personally observed. The balloting results are carefully researched and the candidates are ranked based on defined evaluation criteria. Following that, a blue ribbon panel is assembled for each practice area for the review of the nominees in their area of practice. Finally, point totals from the survey, the research process and the panel review are totaled for the candidates, and the selection is made
Swetz is a native of Yonkers, New York and a cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Law where he was an editor of the law review. He and Bill Cramer are the founding members of Cramer, Swetz & McManus, P.C., one of Monroe County’s largest law firms. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars on a variety of litigation subjects and is President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Swetz is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial and Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is listed in the The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers on Martindale.com and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating attainable in that publication.
Reish is a native of Monroe County, Pennsylvania and a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable President Judge Ronald E. Vican from 2003-2004 before entering private practice. Reish has presented at various professional seminars and is active in the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and as a member of the Legislative Committee.