Bio / CV

Keith Swisher is an ethics expert, law professor, and a former associate dean of faculty scholarship and development.  He serves as (1) ethics counsel to lawyers, law firms, and judges and (2) expert witness in disqualification, legal malpractice, ineffective assistance of counsel, and disciplinary matters.  He also represents indigent defendants on federal criminal appeals.  Professor Swisher teaches professional responsibility and has taught torts, pretrial practice, and jurisprudence.  His scholarship is regularly published and cited in the areas of legal and judicial ethics and disqualification, and he founded the first blogs on judicial ethics and lawyer disqualification.  He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Ethics Committee, Fee Arbitration Committee, and the O’Connor Advisory Committee of the Quality Judges Initiative (IAALS/University of Denver).  He previously served on the Editorial Board of ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct and the State Bar’s Professionalism Committee.  In 2011, he received the ABA’s Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, and in 2016, he received the AJC’s Judge Learned Hand Award in Emerging Leadership.

Prof. Swisher has also formerly served as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University College of Law, practiced at Osborn Maledon PA, and clerked for the Ninth Circuit (Canby, J.).  Prof. Swisher is admitted to practice law in Arizona, the District of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit.

Prof. Swisher’s ethics practice areas are listed on the home page and his contact information follows:


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • J.D., Arizona State University
  • B.S., Arizona State University

Curriculum Vitae