Joanne Geha Swanson has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator and appellate attorney.
Joanne provides strong, rigorous advocacy to clients who must either enforce or defend their rights through litigation. In addition, she counsels clients on how to avoid litigation and resolve disputes without turning to the courts in the first place.
Her civil litigation practice primarily involves complex commercial disputes, antitrust, class actions, business torts, legal malpractice and other related matters.
Joanne also devotes a significant percentage of her professional time to state and federal appellate practice involving issues across the spectrum of subject areas, including insurance disputes, constitutional challenges, questions of statutory interpretation, business torts, commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice, real estate disputes, and civil procedural questions.
Joanne is an active thought leader who has authored numerous published articles related to her areas of practice, and she has lectured on topics related to litigation and the appeals process. She contributed the Michigan chapter to the recently published Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, 2nd edition from the ABA’s Tort Insurance and Trial Practice Section. She also served on the editorial board for the book. Swanson wrote the Michigan chapter and served on the editorial board for the first edition, as well.
Joanne is the Past Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Section. She is a current Council Member of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan and President of the Detroit Bar Association Board of Directors. She chairs the editorial board of the Detroit Bar Association’s Detroit Lawyer magazine. Joanne is chair of the Appellate Practice Section Annual Meeting (State Bar NEXT Conference, Cobo). She moderated the Annual Meeting program that was sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section.
Joanne is repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America®; is a Corporate Counsel Magazine “Super Lawyer”; and “Top Lawyer” in DBusiness Magazine. She is ranked as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, for 14 years, and also received the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Distinguished Brief Award. She was named a 2017 Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense (named every year since 2006), and is a Best Lawyers award recipient in Appellate Practice and Litigation-Antitrust for the past 10 years. She also received the Best Lawyers® Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” for Detroit in 2015, 2018, and 2020. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. She was also named a 2017 DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyer: Appellate, Litigation – Antitrust (5th consecutive year; 6th overall recognition). She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Joanne is a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and the Detroit Bar Association Foundation. She was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of their Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan – 2017.
- Joanne, chair of State Bar of Michigan Appellate Group, contributes thoughts on the power of editing to Michigan Appellate Practice Journal, Spring 2018.
- Joanne’s column from the Fall 2017 Journal in which she celebrates the accomplishments of her fellow section members.
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
- American Bar Association, Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Women Advocate Committee
- Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan
- State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section Council
- State Bar of Michigan, Past Chair, Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Section
- State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section
- Detroit Bar Association, President, Board of Directors
- Washtenaw County Bar Association
Bar and Court Admissions
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court for the District of Utah
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
- cum laude
- Michigan State University, B.A.
Insights & News
May 13, 2020
April 7, 2020
March 17, 2020
November 15, 2019
September 3, 2019
August 15, 2019
James Cambridge (Corporate Law) and Joanne Geha Swanson (Litigation - Antitrust) Named Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyers Of The Year” In Detroit
August 15, 2019
July 29, 2019
June 20, 2019
April 3, 2019
September 20, 2018
September 11, 2018
September 7, 2018
August 15, 2018
July 11, 2018
The Detroit Bar Association welcomes slate of 2018-19 officers, including Joanne Swanson, president-elect
June 24, 2018
May 24, 2018
Kerr Russell supports, attorneys and guests attend Opera MODO's La Cenerentola (Cinderella), May 24-27
May 13, 2018
April 25, 2018
Joanne Geha Swanson, chair of State Bar of Michigan Appellate Group, contributes thoughts on the power of editing to Michigan Appellate Practice Journal
April 23, 2018
Kerr Russell colleagues and family members spend Earth Day 2018 volunteering at Votrobeck Playground
March 29, 2018
March 12, 2018
Hour Magazine salutes "Michigan 2017 Super Lawyers: The Top Women," including Kerr Russell's Joanne Swanson, Katherine Cser, Anna Valk
February 26, 2018
January 26, 2018
January 19, 2018
Appellate decision: Services rendered to clients located outside the city by an attorney working in the city are not taxable as in-city services
January 3, 2018
December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
December 12, 2017
November 30, 2017
November 21, 2017
November 16, 2017
November 8, 2017
Kerr Russell hosts Inforum's Downtown Detroit Luncheon Affinity Group to capacity crowd on November 8
November 3, 2017
November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
October 19, 2017
Joanne Swanson writes Michigan chapter of ABA Tort Insurance and Trial Practice Section's "A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, 2nd Edition"
September 12, 2017
August 21, 2017
August 21, 2017
August 10, 2017
November 7, 2016
November 1, 2016
January 15, 2016