Stroudsburg, PA – James A. Swetz, Esq., a shareholder with Cramer, Swetz & McManus, P.C., of Stroudsburg, PA., has been named a 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® and will be listed in the June 2011 edition of Philadelphia Magazine as one of Pennsylvania’s top criminal defense lawyers. Only five per cent of all Pennsylvania attorneys earn the Super Lawyer honor. This marks the fourth time Swetz was named to the list. In April, he was elected President Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Swetz was chosen by his peers as being among the best criminal defense lawyers in the Commonwealth. The selection process for this status starts with balloting by 36,000 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. Prior to his election as President Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he was Vice President and Middle District Representative of PACDL. Swetz is Board Certified as a Civil and Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers on Martindale.com. He also serves on the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee to the Judges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida Bars.