Lila H. Swann

Special Education Attorney Advocate

As simple as it sounds, I chose to become a lawyer to do good for others and to make a difference, no matter how small.  I truly want to guide you to the best outcome for your child. In doing so, when you become our client, my strategy is to always look at your child’s individual needs from all perspectives, weigh those factors against the law, and provide you guidance on the best course of action.

My dedication to special education and helping special needs children is a result of my family. My aunt, who has Down’s Syndrome, was born in the early 60’s. Everyday I watched my family vigorously advocate for her and her friends. 

I’m a native of Eastern North Carolina – Morehead City, to be exact.  A coastal town almost identical to Beaufort.  I was lucky to have a mom and grandparents who provided me a wonderful childhood. Many days were spent enjoying the saltwater and sandbars of Bogue Sound.

Following college I worked in television and radio, then transitioned into marketing and large format printing.  As a small business owner, a highlight was overseeing and bringing the community together to collect and deliver several tons of food and supplies to residents of Eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Mathew.  

After years of contemplating law school, I made one of the best decisions and attended Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, SC. As odd as it may sound, I enjoyed law school immensely.  The Lowcountry of South Carolina has always been a special place as my grandmother was born and raised in Summerville, where my mom was born also. I am thrilled to finally call the South Carolina Lowcountry home.

Outside of law, I enjoy the salt air and marshes of Beaufort, being entertained by my lovable dogs – Clifford and Murff, learning to play the piano again, and getting my hands dirty in the garden.

When helping you navigate the Special Education system, I understand I work for you and your special needs child. You will feel important.  You will receive prompt communication. And, you will always be supported.


  • Charleston School of Law, cum laude
    Presidential Honors Scholar,
    Charleston Law Review
  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BA

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina


  • Changing Times, Changing Minds: The Importance of Higher Constitutional Protection for Intellectually Disabled Citizens.

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