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James R. Swanger

For over 40 years, Jim has represented and defended the interests of employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including practice before the National Labor Relations Board, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitration and handling strike and picketing matters.

Jim is a shareholder of the firm who defends employers against claims of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, and regularly counsels the firm’s clients with respect to employment policies such as the ADA and the FMLA, contracts, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, negotiated separations, non-competition/trade secrets, investigations of employee misconduct, drug testing, OSHA, and the labor and employment aspects of acquisitions and other corporate transactions.  Jim has written and spoken frequently on a wide range of labor and employment issues. Members of the Bar have selected Jim for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of labor and employment law.

Honors and Accomplishments

Recognized by Chambers and Partners for his labor and employment practice, Senior Statesperson

AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law -- Management; Labor Law -- Management; Litigation -- Labor and Employment

Recognized in Super Lawyers for his Employment & Labor practice

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Community & Professional Activities

Polk County Bar Association (Member)

Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Special Committee on Labor Law, 1982-1990; Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1990-1991)

Legal Aid Society of Polk County (President, Board of Trustees, 1983)

American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section; Member, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, 1974 to present)

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