Erica A. Swensson


Erica A. Swensson concentrates her practice on complex issues of family law, including:

  • inter-state jurisdictional disputes, under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) and Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (“UIFSA”)
  • international jurisdictional disputes under the Hague Convention
  • move-away cases
  • division of intricate and complicated financial estates
  • stock allocation and division
  • convoluted family trust protection
  • novel custody cases implicating constitutional rights
  • privacy and protective orders
  • contentious child custody
  • spousal support in cases with income from multiple, complex sources
  • attorneys' fees
  • business valuation

Erica has experience in numerous aspect of litigation, including discovery, law and motion practice, client counseling, case strategy, and trial preparation.

During law school, Erica competed as a mock trial board member and volunteered with the Constitutional Rights and the Laguna Wilderness Foundations. Erica earned a certificate in Advocacy and Client Counseling for her trial competition and through additional course work.

Outside the Firm

Presently, Erica serves as an on-air legal consultant for Sunrise Australia. Erica is a competitive off-shore sailor, and an oars-woman with the Los Angeles Rowing Club. Erica recently published an article about the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race in Pelican Hill Magazine. National Public Radio station KCRW recently aired an audio-piece featuring Erica about rowing for the “Sounds L.A.” audio project.


  • Successfully obtained a turn over of custody of a child from mother to father when mother had been withholding the child.
  • Extensively litigated jurisdiction in a multi-state case involving a minor child. Successfully dismissed the California case and had it moved to the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • Negotiated settlement in a number of dissolution cases involving estates valued at several million dollars.

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  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
Professional Activities
  • Member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Former member of the Orange County and Los Angeles Bar Associations



  • California


  • Chapman University School of Law, JD
  • University of California at Berkeley, BA