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Admitted to practice in Michigan on November 16, 1988.

(Multistate Bar Examination scaled score

of 163 in Michigan -- within top 7%.

Michigan Essay Exam not graded

because MBE score over 150.)


Admitted to practice in Hawaii on May 12, 1989.

(Hawaii Bar Examination scores are not released.)


Admitted to practice in the

District of Columbia on May 6, 1991.

(Admitted without examination on

basis of MBE score in Michigan and

MPRE raw score of 48 on scale of 0 to 50.)


Admitted on motion to practice in

Virginia on September 11, 1995.


Admitted to practice in Maryland on June 8, 1998

after passing Attorney's Bar Examination.


Admitted to bars of the:

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, D.C., Fourth and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Eastern Virginia, Western Virginia, Eastern Michigan and Hawaii

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of Eastern and Western Virginia


Registered to practice before the

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

on March 18, 1994.




Wayne State University Law School

Graduated May 14, 1988.

Book award for highest grade in

Equitable Remedies -- Winter 1988.


Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Graduated in 1983.


Lansing Community College

Associate Degrees in Data Processing (1980)

and Economics (1981).


Also attended the University of Hawaii

and Honolulu Community College.




Member of Swift & Swift, Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.

Alexandria, Virginia

October 1, 2011 to present.


Self-employed in Arlington, Virginia

January 2, 1997 to February 25, 2003, and in

Alexandria, Virginia, February 26, 2003 to September 30, 2011,

doing business as Swift Law Office.

Specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights,

and other intellectual property matters.


Litman Law Offices, Ltd., Arlington, Virginia

January 17, 1995 to December 31, 1996.

Patent searches; writing patent applications

and responses to Office Actions.

Has done patent searches and written utility, design,

and provisional patent applications in a wide variety

of classifications, principally for independent inventors.


General legal practice in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1989 to 1994.

Represented clients in civil and criminal cases

before state Circuit, District and Family Courts,

U.S. District Court, in state and federal administrative

hearings, and in state and federal appeals.

Civil cases included property, contract, tort, corporate, bankruptcy, trade-name,

workers' compensation, social security, divorce, paternity and adoption cases.


Student Attorney

Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.

Detroit, Michigan

1986 - 1987

Advised and represented indigent clients in

civil cases under supervision of licensed attorneys.


Worked before law school as computer

programmer, salesman, and grocery clerk.




American Bar Association

American Inns of Court

Federal Bar Association

Federal Circuit Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Alexandria Bar Association

Bar Association of Montgomery County

Prince George's County Bar Association




Law School Admission Test (February 1983): 42 (92nd percentile)


Graduate Record Examination


General Test, October 1982 (pencil & paper):

Verbal: 800 (highest possible score)

Quantitative: 750 (89th percentile)

Analytical: 720 (91st percentile)


General Test, December 1995 (on computer):

Verbal: 760 (99th percentile)

Quantitative: 750 (90th percentile)

Analytical: 800 (highest possible score)


Economics Subject Test, October 1982: 760 (82nd percentile)


Biology Subject Test, October 1995: 910 (99th percentile)

Cellular and Molecular Biology subscore: 90

Organismal Biology subscore: 91

Ecology and Evolution subscore: 82


Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology Subject Test,

December 1995: 620 (84th percentile)

Biochemistry subscore: 62

Cell Biology subscore: 58

Molecular Biology and Genetics subscore: 62


History Subject Test, April 1996: 760 (99th percentile)

European History subscore: 73

United States History subscore: 76


Political Science Subject Test, October 1996: 760 (99th percentile)


Literature in English Subject Test, December 1996: 700 (97th percentile)





Triple Nine Society

International Society for Philosophical Enquiry