Mark D. Swanson, J.D.


Mark D. Swanson is a partner at Swanson Law Firm, continuing the family tradition of his Grandfather, R.J. Swanson, who began practice in Montgomery County, Iowa in 1920 and his Father, R. John Swanson, who practiced in Red Oak from 1948 until his death in 2005.

Mark was born and raised in Red Oak, Iowa, leaving for Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1966 and graduating in 1970. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his J.D. from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. Following law school, Mark returned to Red Oak, beginning practice at Swanson Law Firm in 1978.  He is married and has three grown daughters.

Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning and Probate

Family Law

Real Estate


Commercial Law

Notary Public

Bar Admissions:

Iowa, 1978

U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1979


Great Western Bank

Houghton State Bank

Farm Credit Services of America


Boston University School of Law - J.D. 1977

Yale University - B.A. 1974

Professional Associations:

Iowa State Bar Association

Fourth Judicial District Bar Association

Red Oak Heritage Foundation, Board of Directors

Montgomery County Endowment Foundation, Former Director