Meet the Chairman

About the Chairman

Bill McSwain has been working to protect freedom and individual rights for his entire career. He was appointed by President Trump to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from April 2018 until January 2021, responsible for all federal prosecutions in one of the largest federal districts in the country, with nearly six million residents across Philadelphia and its eight surrounding counties. He first learned to be a prosecutor as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, also in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

As U.S. Attorney, Bill aggressively prosecuted violent criminals (something that the Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner, refused to do) and put corrupt public officials in jail. He personally argued the Philadelphia heroin injection site case in which he defeated the City’s plan to open the nation’s first supervised injection site; he fought back against Philadelphia’s dangerous “sanctuary city” policies by holding illegal immigrants accountable who had committed violent crimes in our country; he put rioters, looters and arsonists in Philadelphia in jail during the summer 2020 civil unrest (while the District Attorney again did nothing); and he forced Philadelphia to change its restrictions on public gatherings during the pandemic so that all gatherings were treated equally, instead of the City favoring certain speakers over others. 

U.S. Attorney McSwain with his family at his investiture in June 2018.

In private law practice, Bill has been a fierce champion of constitutional rights. For example, he served as lead counsel in the Chester County, PA “Ten Commandments” case, in which he defeated several atheist groups who wanted to remove an historic plaque on the façade of the Chester County Courthouse. And when the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America faced eviction from its historic headquarters in Philadelphia, Bill sued the City, alleging a violation of the Scouts’ First Amendment rights, and defeated that City in a national publicized trial.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bill served as an infantry officer and scout/sniper platoon commander in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of West Chester Henderson High School, Yale University and the Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in West Chester, PA, where he lives today with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.