Ahmed Ghappour Joins Swift & McDonald as Associate Attorney
Seattle-based criminal defense firm hires court-certified expert on U.S. interrogation practices in
war on terror, extraordinary rendition and secret detentions
Seattle (PRWEB) April 23, 2010 -- The Seattle-based law firm of Swift & McDonald, which specializes in the
criminal defense and cases involving national security issues, today announced that Ahmed Ghappour has joined
the firm as an associate.
Ghappour comes to Swift & McDonald from Reprieve UK, a non-profit organization that provides legal services
to protect the human rights of prisoners around the world, where he challenged the unlawful detention of more
than 40 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and participated in litigation regarding extraordinary renditions and
secret detentions. Previously, he was an associate in the Menlo Park office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Ghappour was recently certified by a Canadian court as an expert on U.S. interrogation practices in the war on
terror, extraordinary renditions, secret detentions and the U.S. courts' response to these matters. He earned his
Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from New York University School of
Swift & McDonald was formed in 2008 by Charlie Swift and Catherine McDonald, two seasoned criminal
defense attorneys with a combination of more than 25 years of trial experience representing individuals accused
of crimes. Since its founding, the firm has experienced steady growth and has expanded its office staff. Earlier
this year, the firm relocated to larger office space in downtown Seattle.
"We're delighted that Ahmed has joined our firm because he provides special expertise to our clients with his
deep cultural understanding of the unique challenges faced by Muslim Americans, as well as his fluency in the
Arabic language," said McDonald.
Swift and McDonald were law school classmates, both graduating from Seattle University in 1994. In 2008,
Swift relocated to Seattle and