Hardworking, experienced
and adept at winning
the toughest cases.

Hardworking, experienced
and adept at winning
the toughest cases.

About Nathan Swanson

As an experienced criminal defense and appellate attorney, Nathan Swanson goes to bat for his clients, ensuring they receive the best possible representation. He’s known for being hardworking, attentive, highly skilled and persistent. He is always prepared to handle even the toughest of cases.

Becoming a Criminal Defense & Appellate Lawyer

Nathan Swanson received his B.A. from Colorado College in 2004, an M.A. with merit from King’s College London in 2006, and his law degree from University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2009.

While in law school, he served as a student attorney with the Civil Rights Clinic representing people incarcerated in the Supermax prison in Colorado. The Civil Rights Clinic emphasizes analytical and writing skills, fact development and case theory, and helps student lawyers become highly conscious of strategic decisions made during litigation. It instills in students a deep sense of responsibility for the capacity of the law and legal institutions to do justice. Nathan Swanson’s experience working with the Civil Rights Clinic helped him become a compassionate and rigorous attorney who is committed to serving his clients effectively and responsibly. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2009, Missouri Bar in 2010 and Illinois Bar in 2011.

Nathan Swanson began his law career in Denver in civil litigation, then moved to Missouri to pursue his dream of working in criminal defense. As a criminal defense attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, Nathan Swanson won several criminal cases for his clients, and developed a solid reputation as a DUI and DWI attorney. He has since become a breakout star in appellate law, winning such high-profile cases as Russell Faria’s criminal appeal, which was featured on Dateline NBC.


  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2009, Denver, Colorado
  • King’s College London, Master of Arts (M.A.), 2006, London, England
  • Colorado College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 2004, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2011
  • Missouri, 2010
  • Colorado, 2009


  • Consistently ranking among the top lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri—and in the United States—Nathan Swanson is the proud recipient of multiple awards and distinctions, including:
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for five consecutive years, 2015-2019
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “Case of the Year” Award

Contact Attorney Nathan Swanson 

If you are facing criminal charges or want to appeal a criminal or civil case, contact highly experienced appeal and criminal defense attorney Nathan Swanson. He is well versed in criminal law, trial practice, legal research, legal writing, litigation, oral arguments and appellate law. You want him on your side.

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  • S***** v. Director of Revenue
    Developed a successful argument that all breath test machines in Missouri were improperly calibrated, and that all blood alcohol content results should be dismissed

  • State v. Russell Faria
    Following a wrongful conviction for murder and armed criminal action, the conviction was overturned, and the client was acquitted at his second trial.