William J. Schwartz is a litigation partner in the Firm's New York office. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as Chair of the Firm's White Collar and Regulatory Defense Group. He is also a member of the Firm's Compensation Committee and a former member of its Management Committee.
Mr. Schwartz practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. He has represented numerous corporations and individuals in state and federal grand jury investigations and at trial throughout the country, and before regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the many criminal or regulatory matters in which he has had significant representations are those involving FIFA (RICO and commercial bribery), BNP Paribas (trade sanctions violations), global FX, Refco (securities fraud), Kazakh Oil (foreign corrupt practices), the New York State Comptroller's Office (state securities fraud), Christie's (price fixing), Mitsubishi (price fixing), AOL-Time Warner (securities fraud), Iraq-gate (bank fraud), Con Edison (criminal environmental violations), GAF (securities fraud) and Drexel (securities fraud). In his civil practice, Mr. Schwartz has handled virtually every kind of complex commercial dispute, in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration, for clients ranging from international finance firms to large domestic and foreign public companies and conglomerates to privately-held corporations. A particular focus of his practice has been the representation of law firms in cases involving allegations of malpractice or fraud, and in partnership disputes.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Schwartz served as Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and where he successfully tried a number of major white collar cases including United States v. Stanley Friedman (RICO prosecution of Bronx Democratic leader and city officials).
Mr. Schwartz earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Yale University. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Schwartz clerked for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel and the Honorable Abraham D. Sofaer, both of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
Among other publications, Mr. Schwartz has been recognized by Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers, New York Magazine – The New York Area's Best Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation Legal Guide, The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyer.
Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice in New York.
- Columbia University School of Law
- Yale University
BA, 1974, magna cum laude
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- American Bar Association
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- New York Council of Defense Lawyers
- The Association of the Bar of the City of New York