John P. Swenson


Contact information

Phone: (213) 239-5622
Fax: (213) 239-5623

John Swenson is a senior litigation and trial attorney with over 14 years experience practicing in both the state and federal courts of California. John has substantial jury and bench trial experience, and has made many successful arguments before the court of appeal.

John represents a wide variety of clients across a spectrum of industries, including environmental litigation, Proposition 65, employment, consumer and commercial litigation, banking and finance, and personal injury defense.

Before joining Scali Rasmussen, John was a member of the complex litigation practice group at AmLaw 100 law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP. At Steptoe, John's practice focused on the defense of Fortune 500 companies against allegations of environmental and industrial exposures to hazardous chemicals. From 2009 through 2012 John acted as California local counsel for a multi-national insurance company’s asbestos litigation docket, including the management and litigation of several hundred active personal injury and wrongful death cases across multiple jurisdictions.

John's dedication, efficiency and attention to detail often result in early settlement or summary disposition for his clients. Mr. Swenson is on the litigation and Proposition 65 teams at Scali Rasmussen.

John is committed to giving back to his community and dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to representing pro bono clients, including the representation of low income tenants in landlord disputes, volunteer work at the Legal Aid Foundation’s domestic violence clinic, and volunteering with Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivor Reparations Project. In December 2013, Mr. Swenson accepted the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Steptoe & Johnson.

John was named a 2006 and 2007 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5% of California attorneys practicing 10 years or less.


  • NY’s New Test For Unifying Disparate Claimants’ Injuries, March 25, 2013, Law360
  • California Federal Court Finds No Duty to Defend and No Continuing Duty to Investigate, Insurance Coverage Advisory, Issue 111, October 14, 2014
  • California Supreme Court Clarifies Specificity Requirement for Disparagement Claims Under Advertising Injury Insurance, Insurance Coverage Advisory, Issue 97, June 16, 2014

Bar admissions: 

  • State Bar of California, 2003

Professional memberships: 

  • Active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers since 2008