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Wade R Swanson

General Counsel

Bar-S Foods, A Sigma Company

is General Counsel and Human Capital Division Vice President for Bar-S Foods, A Sigma Company, one of the largest producers of packaged food products in the United States.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Bar-S has operations and distribution centers in numerous states. Mr. Swanson and the team of more than 35 professionals he leads are responsible for managing Bar-S’s legal matters and otherwise implementing all aspects of Bar-S’s human resource programs. He has practiced law for more than 14 years, most recently as of counsel with the labor and employment firm of Littler Mendelson. Mr. Swanson has previous in-house experience establishing and leading Maricopa County’s civil legal services department, where he effectively served as the general counsel to more than 40 appointed departments and elected offices of the nation’s fourth-largest county.
Mr. Swanson received a B.A. in religious studies and a J.D. from Arizona State University. Before he began private practice in the Tucson office of Snell & Wilmer, Mr. Swanson was a judicial clerk at both Division One of Arizona’s Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court.