Justin Swanson is a principal with Bose Public Affairs Group and a member of the state and local government relations team. He has developed a unique multi-dimensional government affairs practice that leverages his public policy expertise with traditional legal skills to effectively advance the interests of his diverse set of clients from small towns to Fortune 500 companies.

Justin is also a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and chair of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Group, a multidisciplinary team of professionals at the forefront of the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. He is also co-founder and president of the Midwest Hemp Council, which is the leading trade organization in the Midwest that is working to build and connect the hemp supply chain.

Prior to joining the firm, Justin served as government affairs director and legislative counsel at Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (formerly known as the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns), advocating for the interests of more than 430 Indiana municipalities across the state. He also served both majority caucuses of the Indiana General Assembly, clerked for the Indiana Public Defender Council, and was a congressional intern in the office of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Honors / Awards

In 2012, Justin was awarded the Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence for contributing more than 200 hours of pro bono service throughout his law school career. In 2019, the Indiana Lawyer recognized Justin as an Up and Coming Lawyer, an award bestowed on just 15 attorneys statewide each year. In 2021, Justin was selected by his peers to be included in the class of Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, recognition given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. In 2023, Justin was named a Global Top-200 Cannabis Lawyer by by Cannabis Law Report and Cannabis Law Journal.


He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and is a 2012 Indiana University McKinney School of Law graduate.

Appointments / Memberships

Justin is a member of the board of directors for the Indiana Leadership Forum, Downtown GOP Club, and co-founder and president of the Midwest Hemp Council. Additionally, he is a co-chair of the Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and is ward chairman and precinct committeeman in Center Township.