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


Practice Areas


Prior Experience

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






  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2023
    • 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

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

News & Insights


  • Alan E. Schwartz receiving the “Anniversary Award” from New Detroit mentioned in the PR Newswire release “‘Closing the Gap’ Awards to Celebrate Achievements in Race Relations”
    Media | PR Newswire |
  • Alan E. Schwartz, David K. Page and The Honorable Avern Cohn listed in the Detroit Jewish News as members of the newly formed Detroit Jewish News Foundation Honorary Board of Advisors
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  • Alan E. Schwartz ranked sixth in Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Most Powerful People section
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  • Special honorees Alan and Marianne Schwartz mentioned in The Detroit News article "Event aims for DIA's next 125 years"
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