Michael Schwartz has worked in the criminal justice system for over 35 years with 16 years as a prosecuting attorney and over 20 years defending the accused. Michael handles each case individually working personally with each client.
The work of the firm has always focused on one simple goal: Work and fight, both smart and hard, on behalf of the people who need help. MichaelÃ¢ÂÂs efforts on behalf of clients, both in criminal defense and civil litigation, are informed by his experiences. His work as a prosecutor provides the experience and knowledge necessary to understand the system and use it to his clientsÃ¢ÂÂ benefit. His experience conducting hundreds of criminal and civil jury trials provides the expertise and skill necessary to provide his clients with superior representation.
Clients are confronted with difficult and challenging decisions in every case. In order to make good decisions, the consequences of which may last a lifetime, clients must understand the law, the legal process, the specifics of their case and the possible outcome for each of the choices they face. Providing clients with the information they need to make these decisions requires a commitment to take whatever time is necessary to teach. As it happens, Michael was a teacher at the University of Washington for 15 years. He enjoys the opportunity to educate clients and share his knowledge in order to ensure they are fully informed every step of the way.
The firm handles cases on a variety of fee structures including hourly, flat fee and, in civil cases, contingency. We work with clients to find a fee structure that works.
Call. Michael will answer your general questions free of charge and give you the opportunity to learn how he can help you.
999 Third Ave
SEATTLE, WA 98104
8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Nights and weekends by appointment
Michael Schwartz began his legal career in 1980 at the King County Prosecutor's Office. Working as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Schwartz handled cases in the District Courts, the Juvenile Court and adult felonies at the main office in downtown Seattle. The majority of cases involved serious, violent felonies including sexual assaults, robberies, assaults and murder.
In 1986 Mr. Schwartz moved to the Attorney General's office where he served as Deputy Director of fraud unit in Tacoma. In 1990 Mr. Schwartz was asked by the Attorney General to create a new criminal investigation and prosecution unit in Seattle whose mission was to handle complex and high profile criminal investigations and prosecutions throughout the state. Mr. Schwartz created a budget for the unit and recruited former members of the FBI and IRS criminal investigation division to staff it. Once in operation, Mr Schwartz stayed on to be the unit's first Director. Mr. Schwartz remained in that position until 1996 when he decided to enter the private practice of law.
In the 20+ years of private practice Mr. Schwartz has represented hundreds of clients in all types of cases. Most have been resolved without trial. Many, however, have gone to trial including cases involving charges of murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, theft, embezzlement, and domestic violence.
In 2003 Mr. Schwartz was recruited by the University of Washington to teach a course in Law and Forensics as well as a survey courses in criminal and civil law and.criminal procedure. Mr. Schwartz taught at UW a total of 15 years.
Bar Number: 11175
Michigan State University
Bachelor Of Science Cum Laude, 1980
Seattle University Law School
Juris Doctor, 1980
Michigan State Universityq
Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, 1974
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