Board of Trustees

Xavier University of Louisiana

MR. JAMES R. SWANSON                                                           
Managing Partner, Fishman Haygood, LLP

Mr. Swanson was appointed to the Board effective July 1, 2017. He is a founding member of Fishman Haygood LLP and is the firm’s managing partner for over twenty years. He is considered a top rated business litigator attorney and his firm is regarded as the go-to litigator(s) for complex disputes in Louisiana and across the nation.

Mr. Swanson is President of Choice Foundation, the governing Board of three turnaround public charter schools in New Orleans focused on educating the underserved. He is also Treasurer of the Innocence Project New Orleans. Mr. Swanson has taught at Loyola Law School and Tulane University in trial advocacy and media law.

Mr. Swanson earned his B.A. degree in Economics and a J.D. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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