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Victoria Clare Heldman Swanson, American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1975, Colorado 1984, United States District Court (eastern and western districts) Michigan 1975, United States Court Appeals (6th circuit) 1977, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1980, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1983, United States Court Appeals (10th circuit) 1984, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1989, certified: NBTA (civil trial advocate) 1994.


Swanson, Victoria Clare Heldman was born on August 28, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Paul F. and Anne F. (Thomas) Schmitz.


Bachelor in journalism with distinction, Ohio State University, 1972. Juris Doctor, University Detroit, 1975.


Worked at Sears & Swanson, P.C. (Colorado Springs, Colorado) specializing in General Civil Practice in all Courts. Aviation, Personal Injury, Auto and Insurance Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Products Liability Law and Commercial Litigation. Admitted to the bar, 1975, Michigan.

1978, United States. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. 1980, United States. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. 1983, United States. Supreme Court.

1984, Colorado and United States. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. 1989, United States. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Member, Mortar Board. Commendation, Colorado State Senate for pro bono trial work, 1993. Editor, Colorado Auto Litigator's Handbook, CTLA, 1994.

Co-author: "Product Design Liability," Practising Law Institute, 1982. "Trial Techniques in The Sex Discrimination Case," Trial Diplomacy Journal, Spring, 1984. "Suing the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act," Colorado Lawyer, October 1985.

"No Fault Insurance Schemes: An Answer to the Medical Negligence and Product Liability Crisis'?" Trial, July, 1986. Contributing Author: Women Trial Lawyers, Prentice-Hall, 1986. "Federal Litigation Guide," Matthew Bender, 1989, 1993.

"Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit," ATLA Press, 1992. Adjunct Professor, Product Design Liability, University of Detroit School of Law, 1982. Hearing Referee, Michigan Civil Rights Commission, 1980-1986.

Hearing Panelist, Attorney Discipline Board, Michigan, 1980-1986. Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy. Member: Colorado and Michigan Bar Associations.

Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1979-1980. 1983-1986); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Chair, Women's Caucus, 1987-1988. Chair, Aviation Section, 1989-1990).

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1987—. Treasurer, 1988-1989. Secretary, 1989-1990.

Vice President, 1990-1991. President-Elect, 1991-1992. President, 1992-1993).

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (President, Wayne Region, 1981-1982). The principals are two experienced trial lawyers, each having served as President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. The firm offers representation to clients in complex injury or commercial cases serving the legal needs of all Colorado's Front Range residents.


Member of Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (past president, Kripke Lifetime Achievement award 2005), American Association Justice, Colorado Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association.


Married Louis M. Heldman, September 21, 1971 (divorced 1973). Married John Askins, February 28, 1975 (divorced 1977). Married Thomas C. Swanson, February 13, 1988 (divorced 2004).

Married Spellman T. Richard, October 11, 2008.