Company: DLA Piper
Job title: Senior associate
Shane Swinerd began his career at DLA Piper and has been with the firm since then. He has gained a reputation as the go-to lawyer for his clients and peers when seeking sound commercial sensibility and excellent legal strategy. Swinerd’s expertise is in litigation, specialising in general and liability insurance. He appears regularly in the High Court. Outside the courtroom, he is a formidable advocate in alternative dispute resolution. He has continual success achieving negotiated outcomes for clients that leave them walking away happy and full of praise. In the last year, he has acted in 12 mediations and judicial settlement conferences as lead counsel. A specialist in earthquake disputes, Swinerd has been involved in earthquake litigation since the Christchurch earthquake of 2010. In addition to his busy practice, he is constantly contributing to the firm and to the wider legal profession. For instance, in 2019 Swinerd helped organise the Senior Lawyers Conference, providing an opportunity for the firm's future leaders to network and learn insights into both the firm and its global vision. Within the firm's initiatives, he is actively involved in the Social Club and provides pro bono assistance to New Zealand refugees who want to bring their family members to the country.