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About Marcus J. Swift
Marcus J. Swift (he/him/his) is the founder of Overland Law, LLC, and its sole attorney. Mr. Swift's practice concentrates on employment law, landlord-tenant law, business and nonprofit law, civil litigation, municipal law, and government relations. He has previous experience in immigration law, criminal defense, civil rights law, and personal injury.
Marcus prides himself on a client-centered practice that values relationships, open communication, and results. He believes that a law firm should be focused on its clients unique challenges and goals - not billable hours or fancy offices. Although collaborative in nature, Marcus advocates fiercely on behalf of his clients and isn't afraid of a fight when it comes to protecting your rights.
Born and raised in rural Nebraska, his single mother often worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. His biggest influences in his early life were his grandparent: Great Depression-era corn and hog farmers who took dry soil and worked the land into a small family farm. Marcus emulated their work ethic through life, working his way through high school and undergraduate studies and launching a successful career in public policy, politics, organized labor, workers' rights, and the Oregon legislature, before and after attending law school. When he's not practicing law, Marcus can be found volunteering, reading, camping, hiking, cooking, and cheering on the Portland Timbers and Thorns, Portland Trailblazers, and St. Louis Cardinals. He is a proud resident of The Dalles.
Marcus believes that legal representation should be accessible for every Oregonian, regardless of income. His firm's doors are open to everyone. That's why he has dedicated his legal career to public interest law, devoting hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services during and after law school, and practicing law at organizations like Civil Legal Aid, a Public Defender's Office, and a non-profit law firm which fights for immigrant workers' civil rights. He frequently engages in pro bono legal representation for clients who cannot afford a lawyer. He also strongly believes in supporting his profession and community around him and giving back through public service and volunteerism.