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David M. Schwartz

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Phone: (212) 227-7070

747 3rd Ave, #4C
New York, New York 10017

David Schwartz has spent his entire career practicing law as a litigator and for the past decade as a lobbyist and advocate on behalf of businesses, trade associations, not-for-profits and individuals. Whether it is in the courtroom defending and advocating on behalf of litigants in high profile criminal and civil cases or in the halls of the Capital, the same philosophy and attitude exists which is to advocate as aggressively and passionately for the client. Mr. Schwartz has represented clients at all ends of the spectrum including some of the largest companies in America to some of the least fortunate in our society on criminal matters. Every client gets the energy and attention needed to achieve positive results. It is this training as a trial attorney, trying dozens of felony cases and handling thousands, that makes him extremely effective in navigating the political process for his clients.

David Schwartz 2015 AV Rated PreeminentHe lobbies for a wide variety of large corporations, not-for-profits, trade associations and individuals. He is also a prolific political fund raiser, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars nationally. Mr. Schwartz uses his trial skills in the halls of Albany as a fierce advocate for his clients. Mr. Schwartz has been a regular guest legal and political commentator for the Fox News Channel, NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Headline News, CNN, WABC News, Fox & Friends, WPIX, Court TV and for the ESPN morning show. Mr. Schwartz has been asked by these television networks to give legal and political analysis and his expert opinion on criminal cases, constitutional legal issues, political issues, civil cases, cases in front of the Supreme Court and local Political figures. He has also been quoted frequently on cases and political matters in the NY Post, NY Times, Daily News, Wall street Journal and NY Law Journal and hundreds of other periodicals nationally. Mr. Schwartz was appointed by the New York State Senate as a Commissioner on the Commission on Judicial Nomination which nominates Justices to the NYS Court of Appeals and also served as a Trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. Mr. Schwartz was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of the NY Javits Convention Center. Mr. Schwartz is able to bring together for our clients, his vast experience in law, business, media and politics and uses every advocacy tool available in order to achieve results for our clients. When direct lobbying is not effective, you will see Mr. Schwartz using the media, grass roots campaigns, television and radio advocacy in order to get the point home and educate the public and government officials.

David Schwartz served the People of the State of New York as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County from 1993 through 1997. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Schwartz handled hundreds of criminal prosecutions. He successfully tried numerous felonies and misdemeanor cases which lead to the conviction and incarceration of many criminals. David Schwartz has been engaged in the private practice of law and government relations from 1997 to present. He has handled hundreds of criminal cases in private practice and has tried many of those cases. Mr. Schwartz presently concentrates his practice on lobbying and Government Relations. Mr. Schwartz also represents various businesses and counsels them on all legal issues and political issues. Mr. Schwartz is admitted and appears in the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court of New York, Eastern and Southern Districts, United States Tax Court, New York State Supreme Court, New York City Criminal and Civil Court, and Nassau County District Court.

Mr. Schwartz has worked tirelessly in; keeping Walmart out of NYC; stopping No Fault Insurance fraud; stopping illegal cigarettes in entering the market place; fighting government agencies in stopping progress; vigorous representation of supermarkets; campaign to change the standard of care in the reprocessing of endoscopes; Hedge Funds, Insurance Companies, special needs schools, major research institutes, towns and municipalities and many others.

Active in his profession and community, Mr. Schwartz has served as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Inspector General Management Advisory Board; a Board member of the New York Javits Center Convention Center Operating Corporation; Commissioner to the Commission on Judicial Nomination; The American Bar Association; Commissioner of the NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination; The New York State Bar Association, Board member of the Criminal Section representing the Second Judicial Department; Brooklyn Bar Association; Board Member and has served as Vice-Chairman to the Criminal Courts Committee and Criminal Justice Committee; Nassau County Bar Association; Respect for Law Alliance; District Attorney Alumni Association; Government Affairs Professionals; Temple Sinai, President; Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Past Regional Governor; Senate Republican Roundtable; Senate Republican Club; Seneca Club, Man of the Year; Southern Poverty Law Center.

Education

J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

B.S.M., Tulane University

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New York
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Kings County, Nassau County, New York State and American Bar Associations

Criminal Bar Association

Client Reviews
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Thank you so much for standing up to my employer at a time when I couldn't do it myself. Your support and professionalism is so greatly appreciated. R.L.
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I was scared to fight my employer. I knew it would be an uphill battle, and I wasn’t sure I could win against an organization with their resources. But Gerstman Schwartz gave me courage, confidence and they delivered on every promise. Ashley
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Mr. Gerstman helped me double my severance pay and extend my health insurance. I cannot thank him and Gerstman Schwartz enough. Lenny B.