Law Offices of Swanton & Frederick
Defending Your Rights, Protecting Your Future

About Us

Experience. Diligence. Passion.

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ABOUT US

Experience. Diligence. Passion.

Experience You Can Trust

We value our reputation of being known as diligent, hardworking, honest and caring attorneys who aggressively fight for our clients, whether it be in the arena of a trial in the courtroom or in the resolution of a case outside of the courtroom in some non-judicial disposition. We are an experienced team of trial attorneys and we are not timid or hesitant about the prospect of trying a case in the courtroom when the need arises. We have been practicing criminal defense trial work in the Central Texas area for decades. We encourage you to check on our reputation as dependable, knowledgeable and skillful criminal defense trial attorneys.


About our Law Firm:

At the Law Offices of Swanton & Frederick, we focus exclusively on criminal law and we make it our business to work to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. We operate as a team in the office and in the courtroom. We generally believe that when trying cases "two heads are better than one."  We assist each other in preparing witnesses, evaluating evidence, selecting the jury, cross-examining witnesses, and arguing the case before the jury. In most cases, if you go to trial, you will have both of us by your side representing you. Our criminal defense trial practice consists of representing a wide variety of individuals who find themselves confronted with the criminal justice system, including:  

 
  • People who have been wrongfully charged and are seeking a chance to clear their reputation.

  • Clients seeking an opportunity for a second chance after an unfortunate mistake.

  • Citizens who are dealing with problems of addiction to alcohol or narcotics and the problems associated with those addictions.

  • People who just don't have the resources in life to get the help they might need.

 
 
 
 

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At the Law Offices of Swanton & Frederick, we know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Attorneys

 
 Rob Swanton Criminal Defense Attorney Waco

Partner

Rob Swanton

Rob Swanton was raised in a military family and grew up in Europe, as well as in many places across the United States. He moved to Waco with his family in 1970 and has called Waco home for most of his life. Rob is married to his high school sweetheart, Sheryl, who is also a practicing attorney. He has been practicing law in Waco since graduating from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984. Rob was a briefing attorney for the Waco Tenth Court of Appeals, where he learned the crucial importance of attention to detail and thoroughness regarding trial work. He engaged in a variety of litigation work for a large firm for a couple of years before dedicating his practice to his true passion, criminal defense. Rob enjoyed the opportunity of working as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Criminal Law Practice and Trial Advocacy at Baylor University School of Law, and also enjoyed working with Baylor University School of Law’s mock trial teams. He has received an AV Rating from the Peer Review Rating System of Martindale-Hubbell, indicating the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Rob enjoys the opportunity to affect people’s lives on a daily basis through his criminal defense practice. Criminal defense advocacy allows him to help reduce some of the complications that come from being charged with criminal allegations. He takes his responsibility to aggressively defend individuals charged with criminal conduct seriously.

 

Areas Of Practice

All Aspects of Federal and State Criminal Law

Education

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF LAW

Juris Doctor, 1984

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
B.A., Psychology, 1981, Magna Cum Laude

Past Employment Positions

  • Briefing Attorney - Waco Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-85

  • Adjunct Professor, Baylor School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Court

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1984)

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas (1994)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

 

 
 Phil Frederick Criminal Defense Attorney Waco

Partner

Philip Frederick

Philip Frederick has been practicing law in Waco since 1993. He understands the criminal defense system, having worked for the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney's Office from 1993 to 1997. He now works on the side of the accused.

 

Areas Of Practice

All Aspects of Criminal Law

Education

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1993
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Review: Baylor University Law Review

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
B.B.A., Business Administration, 1992
Honors: Cum Laude

Past Employment Positions

  • McLennan County Criminal District Attorney's Office, 1993 - 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1993)

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas (1997)