Attorney Paul F.X. Schwartz has been practicing law since 1995. Prior to his law school graduation from UW Law School in 1995, he was a teacher for twenty years and the President of a teacher’s union. Since 1995, Schwartz has been specializing in the areas of criminal and labor law.
Schwartz has vigorously defended individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors cases both on the state and federal levels. Additionally, he has worked vigorously on behalf of his clients in juvenile and mental commitment cases. In the area of labor law, he handles workers compensation, unemployment compensation, discrimination and contract cases. Currently, he represents the YWCA in the area of labor law. As the attorney for the YWCA, he has achieved eight outright dismissals of discrimination cases prior to hearing.
Schwartz is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, the Dane County Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL), and the Dane County Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association. Schwartz is licensed to practice law in state courts in Wisconsin as well as the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin and the Northern District of Illinois on the federal level, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Schwartz was awarded the 2010 Dane County Pro Bono award for individual attorneys.
In May 2013, Schwartz achieved not guilty verdicts on all 6 counts in a 1st degree intentional homicide case in Racine County. For that effort, Schwartz was awarded the Martin Hanson Advocate’s Award by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, which is awarded to those attorneys who accomplish the rare and difficult task of winning a criminal homicide case.
In 2014, Schwartz was honored as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is an organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. This honor is obtained through a special invitation and is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.