Alan Schwartz is a distinguished corporate attorney who has been an integral part of the firm’s leadership for more than 30 years and instrumental in its growth as a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Alan served as the firm’s Chairman of the Board and CEO, as well as three terms as Vice Chair.

In addition to decades of corporate practice and firm leadership, Alan has been active in the community and has held leadership roles in many nonprofit and business organizations, including as Chairman of Karmanos Cancer Institute, Vice Chair of Legacy DMC, Board Member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Invest Detroit and the Jewish Federation of Detroit, President of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Chairman of Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

In his practice, Alan advises family-owned businesses on general business matters and succession planning. He has served as general counsel to The Detroit Institute of Arts since 1983 and also serves as general counsel to a number of the area's most prominent family businesses and other private companies.







  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1987-2024
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
      • Securities / Capital Markets Law
    • Detroit Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
  • Chambers USA, 2003-2016
    • Recognized in the practice area of Corporate/M&A 
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2017, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Publicly Held Corporations Law, 2017, 2023
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2015, 2017, and 2022-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute
    • Vice Chair, 2012-2014
    • Chair, 2008-2012
  • Legacy DMC, successor to the Detroit Medical Center
    • Vice Chair
  • Invest Detroit
    • Board Member, 2013 – Present
    • Executive Committee and Audit and Finance Committee Chair, 2019 – Present
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Board of Governors, 2005-2011
    • United Jewish Fund, 2011-2017
  • 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

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