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Alan S. Schwartz

Partner
Vice Chairman

Education

Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • cum laude
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • with high distinction and with high honors in History; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Bar Association

American Bar Association

Overview
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mr. Schwartz is a distinguished corporate attorney who has served the firm as vice chair since 2008, chairman of the board and CEO from 2003 to 2007 and previously as vice chair from 1998 to 2002.  He has been an integral part of the firm’s leadership for more than 25 years and instrumental in its growth as a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally and internationally.  Mr. Schwartz is also well-regarded in the community and has had leadership roles in many nonprofit and business organizations, including the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Legacy DMC and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In his practice, he:

  • Advises clients of family owned businesses on general business matters and succession planning
  • Represents clients in acquisitions and dispositions
  • Counsels public and private companies regarding corporate governance, as well as state and federal compliance issues
  • Serves as general counsel to The Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Serves as general counsel to a number of the area's most prominent family businesses and other private companies

Community

Karmanos Cancer Institute

  • Vice Chair, 2012-present
  • Chair, 2008-2012

Legacy DMC, successor to the Detroit Medical Center

  • Vice Chair, 2009-present

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Board of Governors, 2005-2011
  • United Jewish Fund, 2011-2014

Clover Hill Park Cemetery

  • Chairman

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

  • Board of Trustees, Past President

JARC

  • Board of Directors, 1989-1994

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Board of Directors, former Member, 2003-2008
  • Executive Committee, former Member, 2007-2008

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Honors

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2003-2016
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in Corporate/M&A
    • Chambers adds:
      • 2016 – "Alan Schwartz is a seasoned corporate and M&A practitioner with wide-ranging transactional skills. He assists public and private clients in a number of areas including general commercial matters, ongoing leadership planning and issues relating to business governance structures."
      • 2015 – "Alan Schwartz represents private companies, particularly major family-owned businesses, in a range of matters, including purchases, sales, corporate governance and compliance issues."
      • 2014 – “is thought of by sources as ‘a smart lawyer, especially on the finance side.’ Areas of his expertise range from succession planning to acquisition transactions.”
      • 2013 – "Well-respected practitioner, Alan Schwartz, counsels private businesses on a range of corporate issues, including business planning and transactional matters."
      • 2012 – "maintains a healthy reputation for serving as corporate counsel to private companies, as well as handling acquisitions and divestitures."
      • 2011 – "held in high regard for his representation of private companies."
      • 2010 – "advises on sales and acquisitions as well as business planning for private clients and businesses."
      • 2009 – "particularly well versed in counseling some of the firm's most prominent private clients."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1987-2017
    • Listed in Corporate, M&A and Securities Law
    • Named 2012 Detroit Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Legal 500 United States 2008
    • Listed as highly recommended M&A attorney
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Featured in "Spotlight," DBusiness, October 2007