Swain Wood

Strategic Advisor

Swain Wood is one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in managing complex multistate matters, advising Fortune 500 and other companies facing state AG inquiries, investigations, and litigation. Currently, Swain is also a partner at North Carolina-based Morningstar Law Group. Through Cozen O’Connor’s strategic alliance with Swain and Morningstar, we are able to offer clients and prospective clients Swain’s experience and insights in seamless collaboration with the Cozen O’Connor State Attorneys General Group.

The former first assistant attorney general of North Carolina and general counsel to Attorney General Josh Stein, Swain draws upon a deep well of knowledge garnered from almost a decade of government service working closely with state AGs and senior staff from nearly every state on complex multistate investigations, negotiations, and litigation involving a wide range of national issues and industries.

Swain played a central role in constructing and negotiating the national opioid settlements with major pharmaceutical companies, which helped resolve what the New York Times has called “one of the most complicated and gargantuan legal battles in American history.” As part of that effort, Swain served as leader of the multistate negotiating team in years-long settlement discussions with multiple Fortune 50 pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and retailers and thousands of local governments. The resulting global settlements created crisis abatement funds totaling more than $50 billion and achieved industry-changing injunctive relief.

Swain also achieved national recognition for leading North Carolina’s sweeping investigation and successful litigation against e-cigarette companies regarding their marketing practices, which resulted in North Carolina’s first-in-the-nation settlement with a leading e-cigarette manufacturer, including a consent order setting rules to prevent marketing nicotine to minors.

Before being appointed first assistant attorney general by North Carolina AG Josh Stein, Swain was a partner at Morningstar Law Group, where he recently returned. He also previously served in the Georgia AG’s Office. 


Cozen O'Connor Forms Strategic Alliance with Former NC First Assistant AG Swain Wood, Morningstar Law

September 05, 2023

While First Assistant Attorney General of North Carolina, Swain worked closely with state AGs and senior staff from nearly every state on multistate investigations, negotiations, and litigation.

Swain Wood Strategic Alliance

September 05, 2023

The State AG Group has entered into a groundbreaking alliance with Morningstar Law Group partner and former North Carolina First Assistant Attorney General, Swain Wood.


Swain Wood: Scoring Success in Opioid Settlements and Life Beyond the Law

September 15, 2023

State AG Group member Emily Yu speaks with Swain Wood to learn more about his life in and out of the law.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, A.B.

Awards & Honors

  • Recipient of 2022 Senior Staff of the Year Award from National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
  • Named in 2023 as one of 24 “Leaders in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly
  • Distinguished Service Award for 2022, presented by North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC)
  • Recognized on numerous occasions in Best Lawyers in America and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite


  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of North Carolina
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado