Aggressive. Resourceful. Experienced.
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1723 W. Devon Ave. #607882
Chicago IL 60660
"Justice for all" is my philosophy. I have worked as a big firm lawyer, law professor, and judicial law clerk on the Chicago federal trial and appeals courts. I have been a lawyer since 1999. I also have a PhD from Michigan and advanced degrees from Cambridge and Princeton, as well as my J.D. (summa) from Ohio State Law. I think ordinary people, under-served populations, and small businesses deserve the quality of representation, at a reasonable price, that I gave my former corporate clients. That's why I started the Law Office of Justin Schwartz.
A police officer in a criminal matter once described me as "relentless." I saw that as a compliment. I gave him my card, and he took it. I don't stop. If there is a viable avenue by which I can get you relief, I will find it and pursue it. I give my clients the time and attention they need and treat them with respect and consideration. I deliver results, not excuses. I will give you my best. If you can find a better lawyer at a comparable price, hire him or her. I'm certain you can't find a more dedicated, creative, and, in fact, relentless, lawyer, at any price. I am here to fight for you.
I provide top-quality representation in criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury, business matters, discrimination cases, family law, and appeals (civil and criminal). I also provide first rank general legal services in a variety of personal and business issueslitigation, negotiation, and transactionscontracts, wills, incorporation, and the like.
Professional Experience and Legal Practice
THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL, Assistant Professor of Law, 2006-12
Represented client in pro bono habeas case in federal and state court, won discovery motions and right to appeal
Represented pro bono client before Illinois Prisoner Rev. Bd., won client's freedom after 31 years of 300 year sentence
Taught White Collar Crime, Federal Criminal Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination
Published articles in major law reviews cited by courts, http://ssrn.com/abstract=2258064
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. COLLEGE OF LAW, Affiliate Professor of Law, Win. 2011
Taught Federal Criminal Law
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP, Litigation Associate, 2004-06
Coauthored brief to state appeals and Illinois Supreme Courts appealing denial of postconviction relief
Wrote cert petition to U.S. Supreme Court in habeas corpus case
Drafted Answer and part of Motion to Dismiss for auto trade association in environmental case against State
Drafted mediation brief, Motion to Compel Arbitration in $2 million case for REIT
Assisted in document collection and review and witness interviews in federal investigation of major auto parts suppliers. Wrote memoranda on intersection of bankruptcy and criminal law
Drafted motions on expert evidence in airline company bankruptcy and in class action against oil company
Researched and drafted factual part of preemption motion in toxic tort class action for major oil company
Represented large agricultural client in FCT investigation
McGUIREWOODS LLP, Litigation Associate, 2004
Presented oral argument to Seventh Circuit as lead counsel in pro bono federal habeas corpus case. Managed complex discovery motion in pro bono state postconviction case
Wrote response to summary judgment motion in patent case
Briefed and argued appeals in Pardon Clause case to Seventh Circuit
JONES DAY, Litigation Associate, 2002-04
Drafted motion to dismiss in novel Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case (a matter of first impression), resulting in dismissal of several claims against client
Drafted part of summary judgment motion in multi-billion dollar antitrust case, defeating Sherman Act claims
Drafted detailed advisory memorandum to municipal client in complex civil rights class action
Wrote client memorandum opposing enforcement of judgment under state law.
Wrote memorandum on standing and injunctions for motion to dismiss in patent/antitrust case
Wrote Amicus brief for ACLU in pro bono school desegregation case (client's position vindicated)
Drafted habeas corpus petitions in two complex pro bono cases. Won Certificate of Appealability from Seventh Circuit, briefed appeal to Seventh Circuit. Argued groundbreaking pro bono habeas discovery case to federal District Court as lead counsel
FEDERAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
U.S. DISTRICT COURT, N.D. ILLINOIS: Judge Elaine E. Bucklo, 1999-02
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, SEVENTH CIRCUIT: Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, 1999;
Judge Walter J. Cummings, 1998-99
LAW OFFICE OF JUSTIN SCHWARTZ, Solo Practice, 2012-present
Represented and advised clients in criminal defense, civil rights, clemency and record-clearing, employment and employment discrimination law, housing discrimination, insurance and personal injury matters, landlord-tenant disputes, child support, criminal and civil appeals
Won substantial settlements, six-figure judgments, excellent results in criminal cases, including outright dismissals leading to civil rights lawsuits
Represented pro bono client in clemency petition matter
MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, J.D. summa cum laude, 1998
Class rank: 3/227; Numerical Average: 96.8/100; GPA: 3.9/4.0
Ohio State Law Journal, Articles Editor
Honors: Order of the Coif Outstanding Achievement Award ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Employment and Labor Law OSU Scholarship in Law 1997-98 Best Brief (of 230), Appellate Advocacy
CALI Awards: 14th Amendment Labor Law; Employment Law White Collar Crime Legal Theory Justice Federal Courts Corpus Juris Secundum Awards: Criminal Law Torts John E. Hallen Mem. Award: Torts
Public Interest Law Foundation, 1995-96
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ph.D., Philosophy and Political Science, M.A. Philosophy
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, A.B. cum laude, Philosophy
Voice Without Say: Why Capital-Managed Firms Aren't (Genuinely) Participatory, 18 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 960 (2013)
Neoliberalism and the Law: Reassessing Historical Materialist Analysis of the Law for the 21st Century, 22 New Lab. Forum 71 (2013)
Where Did Mill Go Wrong? Why The Capital-Managed rather than the Labor-Managed Enterprise Is the Predominant Organizational Form in Market Economies, 73 Ohio State L.J. 219 (2012)
It Ain't Necessarily So: The Misuse of "Human Nature" in Law and Social Policy and Bankruptcy of the "Nature-Nurture" Debate, 21 Tex. J. Women & L. 187 (2012)
Less Than Meets The Eye: Anti-Discrimination and the Development of Section 5 Enforcement and Eleventh Amendment Abrogation Law Since City of Boerne v. Flores, 38 Hastings Const. L. Quart. 259 (2010)
Rights of Inequality: Rawlsian Justice, Equal Opportunity, and the Status of the Family, 7 Legal Theory 83 (2001)
Legal Strategies to Achieve Tax Subsidy Accountability (coauthored), in Public Subsidies, Public Accountability: Holding Corporations to Labor & Community Standards 58 (2d ed. Grassroots Policy Project 1998)
Relativism, Reflective Equilibrium, and Justice, 17 Legal Studies 128 (1997)
Awarded the 1999 Berger Prize in Philosophy of Law of the American Philosophical Association (best published paper of the previous two years).
Illinois Northern District of Illinois Seventh Circuit U.S. Supreme Court
Associations & Activities
American Bar Ass'n Chicago Bar Ass'n. Illinois State Bar Ass'n Cooperating Attorney ACLU National Lawyers Guild National Coalition for Sexual Freedom American Phil. Ass'n
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