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Alan E. Schwartz




Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • magna cum laude
  • Harvard Law Review, Editor, 1948-1950
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • with distinction


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Alan E. Schwartz is a founding member of Honigman and a well-recognized figure in civic, cultural, and nonprofit organizations. He has participated in the advancement of nearly every major development project in the City of Detroit--either as an attorney or as a leader in business organizations. Most recently, former mayor of Detroit Dave Bing created the “Alan E. Schwartz Award” to be given annually to an individual who best demonstrates a commitment to community service as exemplified by Alan.

  • Serves as a leader in such notable civic organizations as Business Leaders for Michigan (formerly Detroit Renaissance), the Economic Alliance for Michigan, and New Detroit, Inc.
  • Supported numerous nonprofit organizations with his generosity of resources, including his leadership


Prior Experience

  • New York State Crime Commission, Special Assistant Counsel, 1951



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2022
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
      • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Closely & Privately Held Business Law
      • Corporate Finance Law
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
      • Publicly Held Corporations Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2013-2016, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Wayne State University, April 1983
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Detroit, May 1985

Other Distinctions

  • Alan E. Schwartz Award, created by Mayor Dave Bing to be given annually to an individual who best demonstrates a commitment to community service as exemplified by Alan
  • New Detroit’s 45th Anniversary honoree as a community leader and long-time advocate for racial equality in the region (2012)
  • Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award (1974)
  • George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism (1994)
  • Max M. Fisher Community Service Award (1997) from United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts (1997)
  • Judge Learned Hand Award (2008) from the American Jewish Committee

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Harvard Law Review
    • Legal Research Program
      • Director, 1950
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • City of Detroit Arts Commission
    • Advisor
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
    • Founding Trustee, 1984-present
    • Vice Chair, 1996-present
    • Development Committee
    • Investment Committee
    • Governance Committee
  • Detroit Development Ventures
    • Director 
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
    • Board of Trustees, 1978-1998 
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
    • Board of Directors, 1970-present
      • Emeritus Board Member
  • Detroit Medical Center
    • Board of Trustees, 1993-2002 
  • Business Leaders for Michigan (Formerly Detroit Renaissance)
    • Director, 1960-present 
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    • Board of Directors, 1959-present 
  • Economic Alliance for Michigan
    • Board of Directors 1984-present 
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
    • Board of Trustees, 1974-2005 
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Board of Directors, 1959-present
    • President, 1969-1972
    • Lifetime Board Member 
  • Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center of Metropolitan Detroit (Currently Karmanos Cancer Institute)
    • Board Chair
  • Michigan Opera Theatre
    • Board of Directors, 1996-present 
  • Governor William G. Milliken’s Finance Committee
    • Advisor 
  • New Detroit, Inc.
    • Board of Trustees, 1979-present
    • Chair 1982
    • Trustee Emeritus
  • Oakland University
    • Board of Trustees, 1970-1979 
  • Skillman Foundation
    • Trustee, 1990-2001
    • Finance Chair
    • Investment and Internal Operations Committee
      • Member, 1991-1993
    • Investment Committee
      • Member, 2002-present 
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
    • Board of Directors, 1966-2011
    • Board Chair, 1980-1981
    • Vice Chair, 1979-1980
  • Alexis de’ Tocqueville Society
    • Member, 25+ years
    • Committee Member, 2001-2012
    • Attorney Initiative Member, 2005-present
  • Wayne State University Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2002-present

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