Thomas B. Swanson received paralegal, law enforcement, counter-terrorism and investigative training in the United States Air Force. During his initial period of training, he served as a military court bailiff and worked in military court administration. From 1973 to 1976, he was the investigator for the United States Foreign Claims Commission based in Taipei, Taiwan. While serving overseas, he investigated matters ranging from motor vehicle accidents to complex fraud and murder. In 1976, he received the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding service. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1978, Swanson migrated to Houston, Texas to attend law school. While in law school, he resumed conducting both criminal and civil investigations for local law firms. Swanson graduated from the South Texas College of Law and became a licensed Texas attorney in May, 1981. In 1986, he founded his own law firm. In 1988, Swanson began educating and training paralegals, which included a course in investigations. For several years during the 1980??s, Swanson served as a member and vice-chairman of the Houston area Committee On Admissions, which investigated certain applicants seeking admission to the Texas bar. As of the date of this book, Swanson has been a Texas trial lawyer for over thirty-five years. He has tried numerous civil cases in both the federal courts and the Texas state courts. In addition, he has also tried cases in the criminal courts in Texas and authored numerous books on litigation. For almost thirty years, Swanson has served as an instructor of paralegals in a variety of subjects, including general civil and family law litigation. He has been an invited speaker on litigation related matters to numerous groups, including a variety of professional organizations.