|Occupation|| Jailhouse lawyer|
Wall street trader (former)
Corrupt court official
|Status|| Imprisoned for life|
|First Appearance||"American Dream"|
Phillip "Phil" Swann was a Wall Street trader and the prime suspect in the murder of a real estate mogul and Swann's accomplice in the crime.
In 1973, Swann went to prep school and conned several of his classmates into giving him money. He eventually got work as a Wall Street trader and started stealing from his clients. In 1985, Swann convinced several of his old friends from prep school to invest their money in Swann's pyramid scheme. Swann also got a man named Russell Bobbitt to invest his mother's pension plan with him by promising to make him rich. When some of the investors began to panic on not seeing any returns, they told Swann to invest their money in some land deals set up by Sidney Cohen. After Swann invested $1 million of his stolen profits with Cohen, he realized Cohen's deals were not valuable and promised his investors that he would get the money back.
Swann registered and purchased a gun, which he used to kill Cohen in retaliation. Afterwards, Swann knocked his teeth out, wrapped his body in a rug, and called Russell Bobbitt. After Bobbitt arrived and Swann falsely told him he slit Cohen's throat, Bobbitt helped him put the body in the trunk of Swann's car and Swann drove to Patterson, New Jersey. After they buried the body and Bobbitt left, Swann dug up the body and buried it in Roosevelt Island, New York, as part of a plan to be acquitted should he be tried for the murder. Swann was arrested and convicted of Cohen's murder by ADA Benjamin Stone and sentenced to life in prison. While imprisoned, Swann got a legal degree and started helping inmates in prison, including William Doyle and George Mazlansky, with their legal issues.
After the body is discovered, Swann contests his conviction on the grounds of new evidence. Outside the Appellate courtroom, Swann smugly comments on how he will be representing himself and he makes his arguments to have his conviction overturned or, at the very least, grant him a retrial. Stone tries to argue against Swann's position, but the Appellate court ultimately grants Swann a new trial. Swann then starts using the connections he made through his clients. He first arranges Doyle to testify for Stone at his new trial, knowing he is a convicted perjurer in Sterling County. Then, he has Mazlansky kill Bobbitt and make it look like he left the country. Swann and Stone argue before a judge and this forces Stone to proceed to trial immediately without Bobbitt or his prior testimony, on the grounds that he has a right to cross-examine any witnesses against him.
At trial, Stone calls Chip Rafferty, his former VP, and Doyle to testify that Swann bragged to Rafferty that he killed Cohen. However, Swann uses the fact the Doyle is a known perjurer to discredit him. Swann then takes the stand and testifies that he didn't kill Cohen. On cross-examination, Stone brings up the New Jersey dirt found in his old car, but Swann claims that it is from a country club he used to go to. After Swann and Stone deliver their closing arguments, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty. After his acquittal, he throws a victory party before filing a lawsuit against the state and Stone personally for $10,000,000.
Swann deposes Stone about his tax returns and implies that his promotion to E.A.D.A. was because of his case, giving him motive to use perjured testimony. When Stone and the police realize Swann had Bobbitt killed, Detectives Briscoe and Logan arrest him for ordering the murder. Swann meets Stone in his office, and Stone tells him how his two accomplices have turned on him. Stone then tells Swann he wants a confession to both murders and Swann is taken back to prison. Swann was tried and convicted of one count of murder for hire and is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in prison. (L&O: "American Dream")
- Unknown date in 1985: Sidney Cohen (shot in the head)
- June 1993: Russell Bobbitt (killed by George Mazlansky under Swann's orders)