Pradeep Swar ’14

Major: Economics and Business, International Relations. Hometown:Kathmandu, Nepal.


Dimmitt Fellow in Entrepreneurship

Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law | Chicago, Illinois

Week 8:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


April 8, 2014 | I was supposed to leave halfway into the completion of this week, but I stayed on to help with the motion filings which I’m proud to say, we won very quickly. The website is still incomplete, but a basic infrastructure has been set up for it and as the more important decisions are made, it […]

Week 7:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


April 1, 2014 | In trying to figure out what kind of structure would best fit the firm in terms of associates and partners, the business plan is still incomplete. This is almost my last week and the website is still under construction because of decisions that will still take time to make given the different taxation options levied […]

Week 6:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


March 25, 2014 | The past week has been a breeze! We went to court on three separate occasions to sign three different attorney referred clients. In addition to that, we ourselves have referred a client to another attorney that handles civil cases. The charm of the week has continued as one of the clients we signed at Juvenile […]

Week 5:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


March 18, 2014 | I learned firsthand last week that smaller private firms are better off creating lasting impressions on previous clients and other attorneys that they come in contact with to build a more profitable relationship. Referrals work in two ways: Attorney referrals: Attorneys that get a case which is not in their practice or if they are […]

Week 4:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


March 11, 2014 | The past week had ended with a partial success on one of the trials. Believe me, preparing and going to one is very nerve-wreaking. This past week however, has been less rushed and has given me more time to focus on improving marketing strategies given our size and limitations. I have begun working with Kurt […]

Week 3:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


March 4, 2014 | Over the past week, I have begun to see how economics plays a direct role in how we perform. It was a beguiling epiphany as in that I now see how the market in this area works in terms of hiring attorneys and how we as a small private start-up firm, fit into the market […]

Week 2:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


February 25, 2014 | The past week has been very exciting indeed. As my site mentor is an advisor to Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley, we were invited to a breakfast get together and political discussion with him, his crew, and various other lawyers from the city. The event was hosted by a big law firm, Jenner and Block in […]

Week 1:
Christopher J. Swanson, Attorney at Law


February 18, 2014 | I left Cornell on Valentine’s Day to set out on a four-hour bus ride to Chicago to begin my fellowship. The past few days have been very different from my normal days at Cornell as I got settled into my rental apartment in the West Loop of the city over the weekend. A friend studying […]