Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz represents clients in administrative, trial court, and appellate matters raising complex legal issues. His practice includes creating pre-litigation legal strategies; developing factual records in discovery; writing briefs to be filed with courts and administrative agencies; and appearing in court at oral argument and evidentiary hearings. He has experience with a wide variety of industries and legal fields including federal administrative law, food and drug law, environmental law, securities law, labor law, class actions, and numerous areas of constitutional law.        

Among other matters, Stephen has secured victories for clients in two cases before the United States Supreme Court: Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, which concerned federal preemption of State tort laws, and Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, in which the Supreme Court held that a decades-old federal program effected an unconstitutional taking of private property without just compensation. Stephen has also argued two cases in state and federal appellate courts, and won both.

Stephen was a litigation associate for several years at the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. After leaving Kirkland, he practiced administrative law litigation against federal regulatory agencies at Cause of Action Institute, a D.C. nonprofit. He received his B.A. in History from Yale College and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
  • Yale College (B.A.)


  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, D.C., and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District of Columbia, Southern District of Texas
  • Virginia, District of Columbia

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