Financial institution litigation is complex. Cases range from relatively small individual matters to large class actions involving thousands of persons. The types of claims made against a financial institution can range from run-of-the-mill contract disputes to allegations of statutory violations or fraud-related claims.

The attorneys at SW&M have decades of experience in addressing claims made against our financial institution clients, and we are familiar with the plaintiffs’ lawyers who specialize in them. Because many of these claims are covered by insurance, financial institutions are entitled to panel defense counsel hired by the insurer. SW&M has worked effectively with panel counsel used by multiple insurance companies (including CUNA Mutual, FinSecure, Travelers, Lloyds, CNA and others) to achieve the best results for our clients.

We draw upon this history and broad experience to work closely with clients and, where needed, their panel counsel at all stages of the litigation process. While panel counsel must represent both the insurer and the insured institution, SW&M has only one focus — our client. We will collaborate with panel counsel to develop successful defense strategies, while also providing counsel on crucial insurance coverage issues that often drive strategy decisions.

Our firm’s experience includes all forms of litigation commonly brought against financial institutions. These can include board and management fiduciary duties as well as employment matters — such as wrongful termination, harassment or discrimination. Consumer complaints litigation can involve collection matters, repossession forms and disclosures, payment ordering, loan rates, overdraft/NSF or fees. Whatever the matters involved, SW&M has what it takes to support and represent our clients effectively.

Attorneys Practicing in Litigation Management
Bill Adler
Senior Partner
Joseph Garibyan
Alex Wade
Nina Javan
What Makes SW&M Unique?

In a few words: Focus, purpose, commitment and “fire in the belly”