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Jeffrey Todd Schwartz was awarded a Baccalaureate in Psychology (B.A.) from Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College and earned his Juris-Doctorate (J.D.) at its Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Admitted to practice in 1987 to both New York and New Jersey he has been litigating federal and state court matters in a number of different jurisdictions for twenty-nine years. He was admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States in 1992.
For six years Mr. Schwartz served two administrations at the Queen's County District Attorney's Office in New York City. He was first assigned to its Homicide & Investigations Bureau and was later a founding member of both the Major Narcotics Trial and Career Criminal Major Crime Bureaus. While in private practice he received certification in the areas of Immigration Consequences to Criminal Conviction and Sex Offender Civil Commitment pursuant to Article Ten of the Mental Hygiene Law, as well as being certified as "Lead Counsel" in Homicide, Felony and Death Penalty matters. Mr. Schwartz was certified to handle appeals to the appellate courts, as well.
For over twenty years Mr. Schwartz has taught on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and coached its law school team during the semi-final rounds of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas. He lectures and performs demonstrations at Continuing Legal Education and bar association training programs. Topics have included "Representing High Profile Clients Vilified in the Media", "Ethical Issues That Arise in the Zealous Representation of Criminal Cases", "Crime Scene Investigation", "Forensic Lab Certification", as well as trial advocacy, strategy and technique related subjects. His internet lectures and panel discussions for the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education and Lawline are acclaimed by his colleagues nationwide [Please see "Peer Review" section of website].
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 educational and religious institutions.