Jillian Swords

Jillian Swords

Arnold & Smith PLLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • North Carolina
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Jillian Swords is a Union County native and earned her Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Appalachian State University in 2009. She then freelanced as a writer with various publications in North Carolina, including the Watauga Democrat and High County Press, for two years before moving to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend Tulane Law School. Ms. Swords earned her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law in 2014. In her time at Tulane, Ms. Swords clerked for the Orleans Public Defender, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, and Innocence Project New Orleans. She worked as a Student Attorney for the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic from 2013 to 2014, where she served as counsel of record for indigent clients and successfully argued before the State of Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal and Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. After law school, Ms. Swords clerked for several different New Orleans-based practices in the areas of criminal law, environmental law, labor/employment law, and civil rights law.

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC Ms. Swords primarily focuses her practices on criminal law cases, from traffic violations and DUI/DWI cases, to all levels of misdemeanor and felony charges at both the state and federal levels. Her practice also includes civil domestic violence and no-contact order cases. Ms. Swords handles criminal law cases primarily in Mecklenburg County and the surrounding counties, as well as the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina.

Ms. Swords also volunteers as General Counsel for Transcend Charlotte, a local LGBT+ rights organization. When she is not working, she hikes around with her mutt Jax, builds furniture, and horseback rides.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina
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  • English
Professional Experience
Arnold & Smith PLLC
- Current
Law Clerk
Innocence Project New Orleans
Law Clerk
Louisiana Center for Children's Rights
Law Clerk
Orleans Public Defenders
Tulane University School of Law
J.D. (2014)
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Appalachian State University
B.S. (2009)
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Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
Activities: Member, Criminal Justice Section; Member, Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section; Member, Litigation Section.
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Contact & Map
Arnold & Smith PLLC
The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Telephone: (704) 370-2828
Fax: (704) 370-2202