Jonathan Swaim
Jonathan Swaim
September 26, 2013

A new attorney and trust officer at Iowa Savings Bank in Carroll traces his family lineage back to one of the more significant lawyers in American history - Founding Father John Adams.

Bloomfield native Jonathan M. Swaim (whose grandmother is an Adams) started Aug. 5 with Iowa Savings Bank as a trust officer with a freshly minted Drake University Law School Degree - and recent passage of the state's bar exam.

Swaim, 25, and his wife, Jessica, 25, a financial services professional who is also qualified in yoga instruction, are moving from the Des Moines area to a home at 616 Southgate Road in Carroll.

"There is something very special about smaller communities that is attractive to me," Swaim said.

It's already been a milestone year for Swaim. He graduated from law school in May and was married in Minnesota, his bride's home state, June 22.

Michel Nelson, senior vice president and senior trust officer at Iowa Savings Bank, recruited Swaim to Carroll. Nelson, an attorney as well, lobbies the Legislature on legal and banking matters and became familiar with Swaim's father, former State Rep. Kurt Swaim, a Bloomfield Democrat who was influential on the House Judiciary Committee.

"Everything I work on interfaced through judiciary committees in the House and Senate," Nelson said.

Nelson greatly respects Kurt Swaim, now Iowa's assistant public defender, and reached out when the opportunity arose to bring his son to Iowa Savings Bank.

"We're just happy to have young, smart talent here in Carroll," Nelson said.

A four-sport athlete for Davis County High School (football, basketball, baseball and track) Jonathan Swaim went on to the University of Iowa, where he double-majored in finance and marketing, earning a 3.86 GPA. He then graduated from Drake University Law School where he focused on tax law, estate planning and commercial/business law.

The Iowa Savings Bank position allows Swaim to blend his interest in law and economics, he said.

"Basically, it's relationship building," Swaim said. "It's wealth management. We do some farm management."

Swaim has three siblings - including one lawyer and one former lawyer turned pastor.

His brother Justin Swaim, 37, is an Ankeny attorney, while his other brother, Josh Swaim, 32, is a pastor in North Liberty, who had practiced law. Their sister, Mandy Porter, 35, is a homemaker with five children in Wichita, Kan.

Jonathan Swaim and his wife, a native of Eagan, Minn., met during their freshman years at Iowa. She is now an account executive with the Integer Group in Des Moines. In Carroll, she has taught classes on yoga at Platinum Fitness.

The couple plan to attend the Methodist Church in Carroll.

"We're hoping to be active in the church," Swaim said.

He also plans to be involved in young professionals activities and the Carroll Chamber of Commerce.

When he's not at work, Swaim enjoys exercising, having been drawn into the "Iron Man" world by his Kansas brother-in-law, Dr. Drew Porter, who specializes in sports medicine and is active in races that involve swimming, running and bicycling.

"I like to exercise," Swaim said. "My sports were pretty influential throughout school."

A registered Democrat who considers himself an independent politically, Swaim follows current events closely and says he may follow his father into pursuit of elective office someday.

His grandmother, Betty Adams of Drakesville, is a descendant of Presidents John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams - which places Swaim in the line as well.

"That's something we're proud of," Swaim said.