Britany Riley-Swanbeck

Senior Associate

Britany Riley-Swanbeck focuses her practice on complex litigation and controversy matters. Her practice includes litigation at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts as well as advising clients on complex public policy issues such as tribal sovereignty, and diversity, equity & inclusion. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Ms. Riley-Swanbeck has represented municipal and tribal governments, public and private companies, and individuals in a range of matters including state court challenges to state law, agency proceedings, Congressional and administrative investigations and more. She also maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on issues of LGBTQ rights, Native American rights, racial equity and criminal justice reform.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Riley-Swanbeck clerked for the Hon. Roy W. McLeese III of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Hon. Paula Xinis of the US District Court for the District of Maryland. Before law school, she served as a judicial assistant to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy (ret.) of the US Supreme Court.

Ms. Riley-Swanbeck graduated from Stanford Law School with Highest Pro Bono Distinction. During this time, she also served in the Stanford Supreme Court Clinic where she was involved in drafting a petition for certiorari and a successful brief in opposition to certiorari and the Stanford Criminal Defense Clinic where she regularly argued in California state superior courts.

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  • Education

    • JD, Stanford Law School, 2019

      Highest Pro Bono Distinction

      Development Editor, Articles Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties; Senior Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review

    • BA, Communication and History, William Jewell College, 2012

      Dean’s List (2008–2012)
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland

    • Cherokee Nation Bar

    • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

    • US District Court for the District of Maryland

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Paula Xinis, US District Court for the District of Maryland, 2019 - 2020

    • The Hon. Roy W. McLeese III, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2019 - 2020



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