W. Christopher Swett


A trial lawyer, Chris Swett represents victims and families against alleged suppliers and manufacturers of defective consumer products, including asbestos-containing products and defective vehicles.

On behalf of asbestos victims, Chris litigates against manufacturers, property owners and contractors who sold or installed defective asbestos-containing products and exposed workers and families to asbestos. Additionally, he has tried multiple cases against alleged suppliers of asbestos-contaminated talc and manufacturers of cosmetic talcum powder products in litigation filed for consumers suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. 

Chris also litigates for consumers against automotive manufacturers in cases involving defective automobiles and vehicle defects, including defective brakes, door latches and engine components. He has additional experience representing victims in cases involving significant injuries and death caused by fires, premises injuries and other incidents of negligence and misconduct. 
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Bryan Harwell of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. In this capacity, he conducted complex research, prepared proposed orders involving numerous areas of the law, and assisted with various phases of both civil and criminal trials. 
A recipient of the Citadel Scholar full academic scholarship and the Citadel Honors Program Gold Seal, Chris was honored with the University of South Carolina School of Law's Cali Award for environmental law. Additionally, he served as Senior Associate Editor for the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal and is the author of published pieces concerning environmental law such as Politics, Money, and Radioactive Waste: The Savannah River Site Conundrum, 16.2 Se. Envtl. L.J. 391 (2008).

Growing up in rural South Carolina with blue-collar parents, Chris quickly learned the value of hard work and giving back to the community. He has volunteered as a Special Prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office; proudly served as class chairman for The Citadel Foundation, helping to raise money for need-based scholarship funding; and is a former member of the Charleston County Library Board of Trustees. Chris is recognized as an AV®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.




J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2009

B.A./B.S., summa cum laude, The Citadel, 2006

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • Minnesota
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, District of South Carolina, Southern District of West Virginia, and the Western District of Wisconsin


American Association for Justice

South Carolina Association for Justice

West Virginia Association for Justice

South Carolina Bar Association

Charleston County Bar Association

Order of the Coif

Order of the Wig and Robe

Awards and Accolades

2013–present  Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ – South Carolina

2015–2019 West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Class action/mass torts: plaintiff