Victor Schwartz is a partner in the Washington, DC office of the Kansas City-based law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and chairs its public policy group. The focus of the practice is to integrate litigation, government affairs and public relations. The public policy group seeks to be the vanguard of developing public policy issues that will help improve our civil justice system. Mr Schwartz has an active appellate practice, and advises product manufacturers on liability prevention, litigation and public relations issues.
Sought by print and broadcast media, Mr Schwartz is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and other leading news programmes. The Legal Times of Washington has named Mr Schwartz one of Washington’s Top 30 “visionary” lawyers. In March 2013, The National Law Journal named Mr Schwartz one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States.
Mr Schwartz is on the board of directors of the Searle Civil Justice Institute at George Mason University School of Law. He is a frequent participant in judicial education programmes. Mr Schwartz also serves as general counsel to the American Tort Reform Association.
Prior to entering the full time practice of law, Mr Schwartz was a professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and he currently serves on the college’s board of visitors. In 2012, the college established the Professor Victor E Schwartz Chair in Tort Law.
While at the US Department of Commerce, Mr Schwartz served as chair of the federal inter-agency task force on product liability and the federal inter-agency council on insurance. He was the principal author of the Uniform Product Liability Act and the Federal Risk Retention Act. He received the Secretary of Commerce’s Award for Professional Excellence.
Mr Schwartz is co-author of the most widely used torts casebook in the United States: Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts (12th edition, 2010). He is author of the leading text Comparative Negligence (fifth edition, 2010).
Mr Schwartz has been an adviser for each of the American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Restatement (Third) of Torts projects: products liability, apportionment of liability, and liability for physical injury and emotional harm. He is a life member of the ALI.
Mr Schwartz’s law review articles have analysed almost every major subject of modern tort and civil justice public policy issues. His articles are frequently cited by both state and federal courts.
Mr Schwartz obtained his BA summa cum laude from Boston University and his JD magna cum laude from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, New York, Ohio and the District of Columbia.
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