Charles W. Swanson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 1979. Following two years in the City Law Department, Swanson was in private practice for over 27 years, during the last 26 years of which he served as Special Counsel to the Knoxville City Council. He has served as the City Law Director for almost 10 years. During his career Swanson has been elected to serve as President of the Knoxville Barristers, the Knoxville Bar Association, the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court and the Tennessee Bar Association. Swanson was married to the late Judge Pamela Reeves, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and they have two adult children, both of whom are licensed attorneys.