Drinker Biddle partner William M. McSwain was recently appointed to the 15-member Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) board.  Board members are appointed by the Governor, the Pennsylvania Senate and House majority and minority leaders, and the individual counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Mr. McSwain was appointed as one of two representatives of Chester County.

“SEPTA’s riders and the people of Chester County are fortunate to have someone of Bill’s character and experience representing them on the SEPTA Board,” said SEPTA Board Chairman, Pasquale T. Deon, Sr. “I commend the Chester County Board of Commissioners on an outstanding choice.  Bill’s exceptional background is matched only by his commitment to public service.  He has been a great addition to the Board, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

SEPTA is a major transit provider that serves 3.9 million people in and around Philadelphia. It is the sixth-largest rapid transit system by ridership and the fifth largest overall transit system in the United States.  In 2012, SEPTA was named the best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association and lauded for its consolidated control center, environmentally friendly construction programs, large fleet of hybrid buses, and financial management.

“It’s a privilege to serve on the SEPTA board under Pat Deon’s leadership.  Literally millions of people in the Philadelphia area rely on and trust SEPTA, and I will do everything I can while on the board to reward that trust,” said Mr. McSwain.

"This is a prestigious appointment and we are immensely proud of Bill and his service to the community,” said Drinker Biddle Chairman and CEO Andrew C. Kassner. “His experience will be a valuable asset to SEPTA and its mission.”

Mr. McSwain, a Philadelphia native, is a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations, government investigations and complex business litigation. He is a graduate of the 2010 Core Class of Leadership Philadelphia and is the founder of the pro bono legal clinic at Broad Street Ministry in Center City Philadelphia.  He serves on the military academy selection boards for both U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey and U.S. Representative Ryan Costello.   He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, a former law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer.

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