ADAM SCHWARTZ


Adam Schwartz represents clients in white-collar criminal litigation; securities, health care, banking, education, class actions, and other complex civil litigation; government regulatory enforcement matters; and internal investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schwartz served as Senior Trial Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. In this role, Mr. Schwartz served as lead counsel for the Commission in cases alleging violations of the federal securities laws against, among others, bank holding companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, public companies, and their respective executives.

Mr. Schwartz also has extensive criminal litigation experience having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Schwartz represented the United States in numerous criminal jury trials and investigations involving allegations of health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, major fraud against the United States, bribery, extortion, money laundering, identity theft, and alien smuggling. As an AUSA, Mr. Schwartz prosecuted a defense procurement fraud case, United States v. AEY, Inc. , that was featured on the front page of The New York Times and more recently the CNBC television program “American Greed,” and the highly fictionalized feature film “War Dogs.” Mr. Schwartz also prosecuted numerous health care fraud cases as a member of the Department of Justice’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Mr. Schwartz also represented the United States in appellate matters before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Schwartz began his legal career in New York as a litigation associate at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, where he worked on a variety of commercial and white-collar litigation matters.

Professional and Civil Activities and Memberships


  • The Florida Bar

  • Committee Member, Federal Bench & Bar Conference Planning Committee, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (present)

Professional Recognition


  • Named Florida “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2019)

  • Named one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2013)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Inspector General’s Integrity Award (2012)

  • U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General’s Exceptional Public Service Award (2011)

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Recognition Award for Contributions to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2008)

Bar Admissions


  • Florida

  • New York

Court Admissions


  • Florida State Courts

  • New York State Courts

  • Southern District of Florida

  • Southern District of New York

Background


  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2006-2007)

Education


  • Stanford Law School, (J.D., 2004)

  • Cornell University, (B.S., summa cum laude, distinction in research, 2001)

Languages


  • English

Publications


  • James C. Goodale, John S. Kiernan, Jeremy Feigelson, Nicole Soffin, James Pastore, Jr., & Adam Schwartz, REPORTER’S PRIVILEGE (PLI Nov. 2003) Practicing Law Institute. PLI Order No G0 00UI, Dept. BAV5, Vol. III, Nov. 2003 Communications Law.

  • Jury Convicts Miami Man in $300M Ammo Fraud Case, CBS4, Dec, 18, 2010, http://miami.cbslocal.com/2010/12/18/jury-convicts-miami-man-in-300m-ammo-fraud-case.

  • Jay Weaver, Feds Convict Former Medicare Contract Employee In First-Ever Case In Country, MIAMI HERALD, Sept. 25, 2011, at B1.

  • Brian Bandell, BankAtlantic Bancorp, Levan Fail to Dismiss SEC Complaint, SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL, May 29, 2012.