About Swanson & Ruegg

Family Law is an area of law that requires more than just an understanding of the law, it requires an understanding of people. When dealing with something as personal as family, emotions can run high and often impact a person’s decision making process. At Swanson and Ruegg, we address your needs by helping you to determine what your best options are so that you can decide on which course of action is right for your family. 
Our Riverside law firm brings over 30 years of combined experience to every family law case we handle. That experience allows us to work out complex family law issues that suit your unique needs. 
Swanson and Ruegg is a full service Family Law firm serving Riverside County and San Bernardino County. We are proud to call ourselves the “go-to” divorce lawyers and family law experts in Riverside and San Bernardino. 

Our Team

Mary A. S. Swanson

Mary Swanson, a Riverside local, was admitted to the California Bar in 1979 and soon thereafter limited her practice to Family Law and Juvenile Law. She has received the coveted AV rating by Martindell-Hubbell who list her in the top 5% of all lawyers in their rating of over one million attorneys. In 2010, Inland Empire Magazine listed Attorney Swanson as one of only three family law attorneys in Riverside in their “top 300 Lawyers” of the Inland Empire. She has spoken in the area of Family Law and Juvenile Law before the California Judge’s Education and Research seminars, the California Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Victim Witnesses, before the Bar Associations of Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Attorney Swanson was appointed by then Senator Robert Presley to be a member of the Senate taskforce which in the 1980’s rewrote the child dependency law for the state of California. She held, along with two of her colleagues, the first alternate juvenile defense panel in Riverside, in which she tried cases ranging from representing abused children to defending murder charges in Juvenile Court.

Attorney Swanson retired from full time practice of law in 2006 but returned to limited practice with her daughter in the firm of Swanson and Ruegg as a consultant as of January 1, 2011. 


NaKesha S. D. Ruegg

NaKesha Ruegg, also a Riverside native, completed her BA at Marquette University. During her time at Marquette, she worked with children in need as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). NaKesha obtained her law degree from Chapman University where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future award in the areas of Family Law and Trial Practice. 
NaKesha Ruegg practices in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties. 

David T. Ruegg 

David Ruegg completed his BS at the University of Southern California and obtained his law degree from Chapman University. David is “of counsel” at Swanson and Ruegg and assists clients in need of legal services related to the division of pensions and other employee benefits, (QDRO preparation). You may contact David direct at 951.268.4479

Our History

Mary Swanson first started practicing Family and Juvenile law in 1979 in Riverside and was a solo practitioner for many years. In 2004, her paralegal and friend, Marie Moreno Myers, passed the bar and the firm Swanson and Myers was founded. Although Mary retired from practice in 2006, she continued to consult for Swanson and Myers. In 2009, NaKesha Ruegg, who is Mary Swanson’s daughter, joined the firm Swanson and Myers and began practicing family law with Marie Moreno Myers. 
Mary Swanson and NaKesha Ruegg, wanting to start a new firm together, left Swanson and Myers in December 2010 and the new firm of Swanson and Ruegg was born. Mary Swanson came out of retirement to work part time with her daughter, NaKesha Ruegg, as of January 1, 2011.