Martha Swicegood Stwodah

Senior Counsel

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  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Member, William & Mary Law Review, 2001
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1997
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member, Board of Directors, National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias, 2002-2004

Martha's practice focuses on product liability and commercial litigation. She represents clients in all stages of litigation, ranging from discovery to trial, and she has taken and defended hundreds of depositions. As a member of the firm's consumer products safety commission team, she represents clients during product recalls and before the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has also defended companies and organizations in premises liability and personal injury cases. Her domestic and international clients have included automotive and power tool manufacturers, manufactured housing companies, grill manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and furniture manufacturers.

A significant portion of Martha’s practice involves working with companies to implement risk management strategies, including those related to product labeling, warnings and instructions, as well as issues related to document retention and vendor/supplier agreements. She is frequently called upon to conduct educational seminars on risk management strategies, and routinely counsels clients on protocols and procedures for handling product recalls.

While earning her law degree from the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Martha was a member of the William & Mary Moot Court Team, where she won first place honors in the Institute of Bill of Rights Moot Court Symposium and was named a William B. Spong Tournament Research Justice. She was also a member of the William & Mary Law Review. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Martha was named an Echols Scholar.

Martha Swicegood Stwodah
T: +1 804 775 4335F: +1 804 698 2088Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Personal Injury Defense: Products, Civil Litigation Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2011

Co-author, "The New Federal Rules for Electronic Discovery: A Primer for Products Liability Counsel and Clients," Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2007 edition
Co-author, "Daubert and Federal Rules of Evidence Developments," A Young Lawyer's Guide to Defense Practice, The DRI Defense Library Series, Fall 2006
Co-author, "Using Biomedical Testimony in Virginia Product Liability Cases," The Virginia Bar Association News Journal, September 2004
Speaker, "The CPSIA: Congress's Response to 'The Year of the Recall'," CLE, December 2008
Speaker, "Legislative Update & Recent Trends at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission," Webinar, April 2008