Our Attorneys

James Porter

James Porter - Founder

James Porter received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1967 and started his legal career in Washington D.C. James Porter moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1968 and continued his legal career at the Office of the Clark County Public Defender. At that time, he was only the second African-American attorney in the State of Nevada. In 1970 he founded The Porter Law Firm with a mission to act as a voice for the voiceless and to fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves. 

Licensed to practice law in Nevada and Washington D.C., Porter was an experienced trial lawyer in both the criminal and civil arenas. In the criminal arena, Porter handled criminal death penalty cases and created law that has saved numerous lives and is cited and used today. In the civil arena, Porter achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

James Porter was among many distinguished members of the Clark County community who were responsible building the strong business infrastructure known as the Urban Chamber of Commerce. As a Co-Founder and past President, he helped bring into focus a vision -- the establishment of an organization devised to create and foster an environment that promotes development of its members and black owned businesses. 

For decades, Porter had strong ties to the White House. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the Kerner Commission, to investigate causes of the 1967 race riots and provide recommendations for future preventative measures. In 1980, he was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for his legal accomplishments and was invied to attend his inauguration.

Porter was appointed by Governor Richard Bryan and Governor Bob Miller to the Nevada Taxicab Authority where he served as Chairman. Porter was instrumental in fortifying the taxicab industry’s regulations for operations, compliance and safety. He was also appointed Special Master of the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement Support Division in Las Vegas to ensure child support payments reached their beneficiaries.

As a co-founder and longtime member of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Bar Association, in 2012, the LVNBA admitted Porter into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his 40 years of service in the practice of law and his significant contributions to the legal community, African-American community, civil rights, and the cause of justice. 

James Porter is further featured in the Scholarly Works of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) William S. Boyd School of Law Timeline of African-American Legal History in Nevada from 1861-2011 for undertaking ground-breaking endeavors in the expansion of due process of law.

Marwan Porter

Marwan Porter - Managing Partner

Marwan Porter is a native of Las Vegas Nevada where he attended Bishop Gorman High school. Marwan continued his matriculation at Howard University School of Business and graduated Summa Cum Laude in accounting. Due to his academic achievements, Marwan was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, the 4.0 club and was named an Academic all American. While at Howard, Marwan played on the Division 1 soccer team and during his senior year, the team won the Mid Continent Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Marwan then traveled to Europe where he played professional soccer in Holland.

After finishing his professional soccer career, Marwan attended Howard University School of Law where he sat on the Board of Trustees and fostered relationships with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Former CEO and Chairman of AOL Time Warner Richard Parsons, Actress Debbie Allen, Former Mayor Douglas Widler, Actress Phylicia Rashad, Lawyer and Business Executive Vernon Jordan and many other prominent individuals.

Upon graduating from law school, Marwan was hired by one of the most prominent and successful lawyers in the country, Willie E. Gary. Marwan trained directly under his mentor for approximately 10 years and learned to develop, process and litigate multi-million dollar cases. While working as a law clerk at the Gary Law Firm, Marwan assisted the firm in securing a $139,000,000 trial verdict against Anheuser-Busch and as an Attorney was instrumental in representing hundreds of clients in the $800,000,000 mass tort and class action division against big tobacco. In 2011 Marwan took over his father, James Porter’s law firm, which has been in operation since 1969. Marwan continues to work closely with Willie Gary and the Porter Law Firm acts as co-counsel in several Gary Law Firm cases. In less than 6 months, Marwan has grown the Porter Law Firm into a multi-million dollar organization. Marwan is a proficient litigator specializing in litigating wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, discrimination and business litigation cases, including tobacco litigation and complex contractual disputes. He is licensed to practice law in multiple states including Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. and works with several attorneys throughout the country to assist in funding and maximizing the value of their cases.

As a result of his legal success, in 2011 Marwan was named one of the top 40 lawyers in the country under 40 years old and he was invited for membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum whose membership is limited to lawyers that have achieved verdicts or settlements in the amount of One Million dollars or more. Marwan is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., The American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and the Florida Justice Association.

Porter has been coined as this generation's champion for civil rights advocacy and reform. Porter handles several police shooting cases across the nation. Marwan acted as lead council along with famed attorney Willie E. Gary in a heavily litigated case against the City of Miami Beach, the City of Hialeah and 12 of their police officers for the brutal killing of Raymond Herisse. The officers shot at Raymond's stationary vehicle 112 times resulting in his death. As a result of Marwan's tenacity, litigation and trial skills, the case was resolved for close to the states max. More importantly, as a result of Marwan's zealous advocacy The City of Miami Beach of was forced to change its Police shooting policy. The City of Miami Beach is no longer able to shoot at moving vehicles. This policy encouraged by Marwan will surely save lives and promotes general safety. 

In April 2017, Porter won what equates to be a nearly $1.4 billion judgment in a breach of contract case after he alleged that his partner cut him out of his share of a $23.6 billion tobacco verdict reached against R.J. Reynolds in 2014. 

Verona Swanigan

Verona Swanigan - Of Counsel

Attorney Verona Swanigan is licensed to practice law in Texas, Nevada, California, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Attorney Swanigan is running for District Attorney 2016 in Milwaukee County. She is currently operating a firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the areas of personal injury, criminal litigation including State and Federal drug cases, domestic violence, DUIs, assault, etc., civil litigation, civil rights litigation, catastrophic injury and police abuse/ misconduct. Attorney Swanigan works diligently to assist the community in legal actions, but also in her community advocacy fighting child abuse, rape, and child molestation. She is a strong advocate for the improvement of the educational system, and protecting children. 

After developing a strong passion for professional boxing and MMA, Attorney Swanigan has negotiated and drafted million dollar contracts for some of the highest paid UFC fighters. She has also drafted and negotiated multi-million dollar land contracts, sponsorship agreements and purchase contracts. Attorney Swanigan was a law clerk in Cook County for Judge McNamara in the major commercial litigation court, where she drafted opinions utilizing the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, UCC, and other contract legislation. 

Attorney Swanigan earned her law degree from Northern Illinois University in 2005, and was inducted into the Phi Alpha Delta for her excellent academic achievements. She also has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and Organizational Behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology. She earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in three years from Winona State University-Minnesota in Spanish and Psychology. Attorney Swanigan fluently speaks and writes Spanish, and previously attended La Universidad de Hispana Anglo y Francis in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. While living in Mexico, she built a strong affection towards connecting multiple races and providing cultural diverse information to business owners and social service providers. 

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Roderick O. Ford - Of Counsel

Roderick O. Ford has practiced law for more than twenty-one years in the areas of Consumer Bankruptcy, Workers' Compensation, and Labor and Employment Law. 

Prior to starting his own law firm in 2001, Mr. Ford served as a Captain and Military Lawyer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He has since litigated over 300 labor, employment, and workers’ compensation cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida and the United States. 

Mr. Ford earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He also holds Nine-Credit Hour Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor (ILR) School, and is a board certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Currently, Mr. Ford is a member of the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law and Workers' Compensation Law Sections. He is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He serves on the Academic Counsel of St. Clements University (Turks & Caicos Islands) and as general counsel to the Christian Bible Institute & Seminary (Houston, Texas). 

Mr. Ford has been affiliated as “Of Counsel” with the Porter Law Firm since 2015.

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