Laura Swain

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Laura Swain
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #25
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   07/11/2000 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Griesa
Past post:   Eastern District of New York, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
Past term:   1996 - 2000
Personal History
Born:   1958
Hometown:   Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate:   Harvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1979
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1982



Laura Taylor Swain is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Swain graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe with her bachelor's degree in 1979 and later graduated from Harvard Law with her J.D. Degree in 1982.[1]

Professional career

Swain began her career as a law clerk for former federal district judge Constance Motley for the Southern District of New York from 1982 to 1983. She served as a private practice attorney from 1982 to 1996 and also served as a member of the New York State Board of Law Examiners from 1986 to 1996.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of New York

Swain began her career as a Federal Bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of New York being appointed by the Second Circuit Judicial Conference in 1996 to a fourteen year term. Swain served in her role until her nomination to an Article III judgeship in 2000.[1]

Southern District of New York

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Swain was nominated by President Bill Clinton on April 25, 2000 to a seat vacated by Thomas Griesa.[2] Swain was confirmed by the Senate on June 16, 2000 on a majority voice vote and received commission on July 11, 2000[2].

Notable cases

Seinfeld case (2011)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
     *LAPINE v. Seinfeld No. 08 Civ. 128 (LTS)(RLE)
Judge Swain tossed out a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jessica Seinfeld on September 10, 2009 after the judge found that a recipe in a cookbook did not infringe on a competing author.[3]

Missy Chase Lapine sued the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld claiming a chicken breast recipe infringed on her similar recipe and competed unfairly. The judge found that because the styles of the books differed there was no evidence that Seinfeld's wife committed plagiarism.[3]

The case was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The two appeals court judges, Reena Raggi and Peter Hall, ruled against Missy Chase Lapine and affirmed the decision by Judge Swain. The judgement can be read here.[4]

In 2010, Missy Chase Lapine sued Jerry Seinfeld for slander as a result of an interview Mr. Seinfeld participated in on the David Letterman television show. The New York Supreme Court dismissed the claim as being without merit in 2011. The judgement can be read here.[5]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Griesa
Southern District of New York
2000–Current
Succeeded by:
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