Justice of the Peace 3-1

North Dallas Government Center – 6820 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 3100, Dallas, Texas 75240-6511
(214) 321-4106 Main • (214) 321-4912 Fax
Office E-mail: JP31Court@dallascounty.org

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Hours of Operation: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday
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About Judge Adam M. Swartz

First elected in 2022, Judge Adam M. Swartz presides over one of the busiest and most productive courts in Texas. JP 3-1 presides over tens of thousands of civil and criminal cases annually, including evictions, small claims, debt claims, traffic matters, and also weddings. The Court collects millions of dollars in costs and fines that directly benefit taxpayers and implements innovative, cost-saving techniques and procedures that enhance efficiency and increase revenues countywide.

Judge Swartz is a homegrown community advocate, attorney, and proud dad. Born and raised with a service-heart in North Dallas and graduating from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, this KU alumnus came back home to use the skills he cultivated to give back to the North Texas community and run a small, family-owned business (Sheridan’s Lattés & Frozen Custard).

Judge Swartz was the original architect of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce's now nationally influential Governmental Affairs Committee, served on the New Business Ambassador committee, and was a finalist for the Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year. Judge Swartz also co-founded instrumental Dallas non-profits, "Upstart Theater” and Awwdoptable, Inc. a local registered 501(c)3 animal rescue and rehoming outfit, has served on the board of Directors for the North Texas Jewish Democratic Council and Dallas' IMPRINT TheatreWorks, and has co-coached the William B. Travis Academy and Vanguard’s award-winning Destination Imagination team since 2019.  

Judge Swartz earned his law degree in 2013 from Texas Wesleyan/Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, TX, earning maxima laude honors from the Board of Advocates. During this time, he served as the Board of Advocates' Executive Board COO for Dispute Resolution Advocacy (Chair) and was the National Champion of the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA)'s Dispute Resolution Triathlon.

Judge Swartz is also active with the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Phi Alpha Delta, and is a member of the Texas Bar College.

Until his election in 2022, Attorney Adam Swartz managed Swartz│Davidson Law, a full-service law firm with primary practice groups focused on Consumer Protection and Criminal Defense. Recognized by Thompson Reuters as a SuperLawyers Rising StarÔ from 2017-2023, Judge Swartz is also a Qualified Mediator under Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable standards.

As a Purposivist, Judge Swartz emphasizes the purpose of the law, considering the different viewpoint and interpretations presented. From his time in law school, simultaneously serving as vice president of the law school Democrats and the Federalist Society, he has striven to study and raise the level of respectful discourse and debate between people of differing perspectives. Judge Swartz has applied his skills as an advocate in his consumer defense practice, as well as authored (and helped to author) multiple pieces of legislation, municipally and on the State-level. 

“Our friends and neighbors deserve dignity and respect when they walk into the Courtroom. We are the People’s Court in both spirit and deed. It is an honor to serve.”

- Judge Adam M. Swartz