Attorney Profile

Jessica L. Swadow is an associate in Shapiro Sher’s Insurance Law Group. She represents insurance companies, producers, and other professionals in complex insurance coverage litigation, business torts, and other commercial disputes.  

Prior to joining Shapiro Sher, Ms. Swadow worked as an associate and as a law clerk at two Baltimore firms. There she represented clients in a variety of litigation matters, including those involving insurance carriers and coverage, professional-liability claims, employment, construction, and general liability defense.

Ms. Swadow graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Chair of the Honor Board and as a member of the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team. While in law school, Ms. Swadow served as a student attorney with the Innocence Project Clinic, representing indigent clients in a post-conviction setting. Ms. Swadow was twice awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate.


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (since 2012)


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News & Publications

May 01, 2020
"Covid-19 Business Interruption Coverage Key to Saving Maryland's Economy"

Alex J. Brown and Jessica L. Swadow write for the Baltimore Business Journal​ on proposed legislation requiring insurers to pay uncovered Covid-19 business interruption claims.

March 31, 2020
Will Insurers Cover Business Interruption Claims?

If your business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, an insurance policy review should be undertaken to determine if coverage may be available, write Alex J. Brown and Jessica L. Swadow in The Daily Record.

March 25, 2020
"Force Majeure" Provisions and the Pandemic

The Insurance Law Group examines whether business disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will trigger contractual "force majeure" provisions.