Robert Swider


Mr. Swider is the managing partner of Swider Haver. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon in 1982.. He holds a JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and received his BA from Seton Hall University in 1975. He became a member of the bar of the US District Court Oregon in 1983, was admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1995 and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar in 1996. He has been admitted Pro hac vice for cases in US District Curts in California and Texas and in the State of Washington.

He and his with Cathy have one adult daughter who also lives in Portland, Oregon He is an avid amateur photographer and when not in the office he may be found in his kayak, on a ski slope or volunteering in the community.

His community service activities include volunteering for the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) for whom he has volunteered in various capacities including technical and teamwork judging at Local and State Tournaments, Head core Values Judge for the State of Oregon for FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Judge Advisor for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). He has been a judge at the FIRST World Championships for both the FLL and FTC programs and has been the Judge Advisor for the FIRST FTC Western regional Championships.

He is the current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section and has served multiple terms as a board member and Chair of that Committee since 1989. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section. He has written and spoken extensively on issues involving legal issues related to computer and internet law, technology issues, software and other areas concerning intellectual property.


Mr. Swider has been a practicing attorney for 32 years. During which time he has been involved in all aspects of state and federal court civil litigation concerning intellectual property, copyright law, trademark law, computer and internet law, unfair trade practices, electronic commerce, general business, complex litigation and personal injuries. He is ultimately responsible for supervision and training of the firm’s associates.

Mr. Swider has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale and Hubble, which is a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Very High Legal Ability rating.


Mr. Swider represents individual and businesses primarily in matters involving intellectual property, real property and business issues. In addition to advising clients he is the head of the firm’s litigation department.

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