New Name. Same Mission. Daniels, Hines, Kalkhoff, Cook & Swanson Law Firm is pleased to announce our new name, JSC Legal.

Chad A. Swanson

Chad A. Swanson

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319-260-4471  (Office)
319-260-4499  (Fax)


University of Iowa (B.A. with Distinction, 1992)
University of Iowa (J.D. with Distinction, 1994)

Bar Admissions

Iowa (1995)
Arizona (2020)

Chad Practices In:

Alternative Dispute ResolutionCommercial LitigationCar & Truck AccidentsPersonal InjuryProducts LiabilityProfessional MalpracticeWorkers' CompensationWrongful Death

 A native of Waterloo, Chad Swanson has been practicing law in the Cedar Valley since joining the Firm in February 1995. Following his graduation from Waterloo West High School in 1988, he attended the University of Iowa, and received B.A. degrees with distinction in both English and music performance in May 1992. He stayed in Iowa City for law school and received his J.D. degree with distinction in December 1994.  He presently serves as the Firm’s Co-Managing Partner.

Chad is passionate about confronting and solving some of life's most difficult problems for his clients. In the process, he engages in a broad-based litigation and trial practice, typically, though not always, representing plaintiffs. His law practice includes representation of clients in a wide array of matters, including personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, insurance litigation, workers' compensation, premises liability, business litigation, disability litigation, sexual abuse claims, and constitutional torts. Chad's licensure includes the state courts in both Iowa (1995) and Arizona (2020), several federal districts, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chad is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Arizona Bar Association, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Iowa Association for Justice (“IAJ”), and Arizona Association for Justice ("AzAJ").  In 2017, he was nominated for membership to the Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) and is serving as President for 2024, working within that organization to preserve and enhance the right to trial by jury in Iowa and across the nation. In 2023, he was thrilled to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Chad is most proud of his long history of dedicated service to IAJ,  having served on its Board of Governors between 2006 and 2022, its Executive Committee between 2016 and 2021, and as its 47th President in 2020.

In 2019, Chad added yet another dimension to his law practice, becoming a certified mediator.  Since then, he has mediated a host of civil cases and family law cases to resolution.  He is excited to continue utilizing his skills as a professional “peacemaker” in this area of his professional life.

In his community, Chad notes past service with the Cedar Falls Jaycees and on civic boards representing the Waterloo Visiting Nursing Association, the Malcolm Price Laboratory School Parent Advisory Committee, the College Hill Neighborhood Association, the Cedar Falls Tiger Booster Club, Friends of the UNI Museums, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.

Chad is married to Michelle, a retired music education assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa.  They have two adult children, Elizabeth and Matthew, and a dog, Larry.  They are members of Candeo Church in Cedar Falls.    When not practicing law, Chad's outside passions include spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, golfing, running, playing the cello, reading, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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