Kurt A. Schwarz
BiographyFormerly with Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw & Wulff, L.L.P., Kurt A. Schwarz joined Jackson Walker in April 2001, when the two firms combined. Mr. Schwarz has handled complex commercial litigation matters for major companies in the insurance, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceutical, bookselling, and food service industries, in the areas of antitrust, deceptive trade practices, securities fraud, breach of warranty, product liability, business tort, and intellectual property, as well as various types of bankruptcy litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts; his appellate work has included cases in several Texas courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Schwarz experience includes numerous civil rights cases involving claims of racial discrimination and segregation, wrongful deprivation of property, official excessive force and voting misconduct. A significant part of Mr. Schwarz's practice involves federal jurisdictional, procedural, and evidentiary issues, including the evolving standards for admissibility of expert testimony. Mr. Schwarz also has an active docket of pro bono and court-appointed cases, and serves on the Criminal Justice Act Voluntary Panel and the Civil Rights Voluntary Panel for the representation of indigent litigants in the Northern District of Texas.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a Life Fellow of the Dallas and Texas Bar Foundations, established an endowed scholarship at The University of Texas School of Law, and served on a committee appointed by the judges of the Northern District of Texas to select a United States Magistrate Judge.
Mr. Schwarz serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Dallas CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children). He also serves on the Board of Directors of White Rock Boathouse, Inc., a charitable organization that provides rowing facilities, coaching, and programs to public high school students in Dallas. Mr. Schwarz also serves as president, and is Vice President for Development, of the ACLU of Texas. He is a member of the Leadership Dallas class of 2009-2010.
B.A., summa cum laude, Amherst College (MA)
M.A. Department of Politics, Princeton University (NJ)
J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
Mr. Schwarz was a Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Schwarz served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Barefoot Sanders of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas.