Mr. Schwartz has been honored, recognized and awarded certificates of outstanding dedication and service by the Queen’s County District Attorney’s Office, City Council of New York, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Detective Endowment and Patrolman’s Benevolent Associations of the New York City Police Department. He appears as a legal analyst and consultant in the media and is Lead Trial Counsel in highly publicized criminal and civil prosecutions. He was recognized by The New York Times Magazine as a Top Attorney in the New York Metro Area for 2016, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyer Magazine. He has been profiled in local and national publications including The New York Times.
Mr. Schwartz counts among his accomplishments his participation as a named Plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by The New York County Lawyers Association against the State of New York. This lawsuit resulted in a substantial increase in assigned counsel compensation rates, after a seventeen year freeze, and provided relief to hundreds of his colleagues across New York State who were struggling to provide quality representation to their indigent clients.
Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York and studied Bible, Talmud and Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, Israel for one year towards his undergraduate degree. He devotes a minimum of twenty-five percent of his time to pro-bono cases, as well as fund raising for humanitarian, educational and religious institutions.