Swain Wood, formerly the First Assistant Attorney General of North Carolina, is the Chair of Morningstar’s Government Investigations, Negotiation, and Litigation team. Swain is a proven problem-solver, working closely with clients to successfully anticipate, navigate, and resolve complex legal disputes involving public entities, including state and local governments across the country and the federal government.
During his government service, Swain worked closely with state Attorneys General and senior staff from nearly every state on multi-state investigations, negotiations, and litigation involving a wide range of issues and industries. Swain played a central role in constructing and negotiating the national opioid settlements, serving as leader of the multi-state negotiating team in years-long settlement discussions with multiple Fortune 50 pharmaceutical companies and thousands of local governments. Those settlements created crisis abatement funds totaling more than $40 billion, brought industry-changing injunctive relief to the pharmaceutical industry, and helped resolve the “massive, and massively complex” opioid pharmaceutical liability litigation, which the New York Times has called “one of the most complicated and gargantuan legal battles in American history.”
Before being appointed to his senior government position by Attorney General Josh Stein in 2017, Swain was a partner at Morningstar Law Group where he focused on complex litigation in multiple jurisdictions across the country. He also previously served in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office under Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Swain is a native of Winston-Salem, a passionate fan of English football, a student of history, and an avid runner and hiker.