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David M. Schwartz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Garden City, NY

Gerstman Schwartz LLP
1399 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-880-8170
Fax: 516-880-8171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Legislative & Governmental Affairs (30%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

David Schwartz is a partner of New York firm Gerstman Schwartz LLP, a comprehensive firm serving a diverse client base in Civil Litigation, Lobbying/Government Relations, Business Litigation and criminal defense matters. An aggressive litigator who has established a national reputation, Mr. Schwartz currently focuses on lobbying at the state level on behalf of corporations, not-for-profits, trade associations and individuals. In the past, he obtained successful outcomes for clients in high-profile civil cases and white collar, misdemeanor and federal crime cases as a trial attorney. He served as an assistant district attorney in Kings County from 1993 to 1997, leading hundreds of criminal prosecutions. Since 1997, Mr. Schwartz has been in private practice. He is regularly asked to share his legal insight as a commentator on national outlets such as Fox News, MSNBC, Headline News, WABC News and Court TV.

Outside of court, Mr. Schwartz has served many governmental and not-for-profit boards and agencies. In 2004, Governor George Pataki named him as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 2005, he was appointed to serve on the Board of the New York Javits Convention Center. In the following year, he was named by the New York State Senate to the Commission on Judicial Nomination.

Mr. Schwartz is licensed to practice law in the Eastern and Southern Districts of the U.S. District Court of New York, the United States Tax Court, the New York State Supreme Court, the New York City Criminal and Civil Court and the Nassau County District Court. He has also argued cases before the New York State Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals, and appeared pro hoc vice before the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Legislative & Governmental Affairs
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

About David M. Schwartz

First Admitted: 1993, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Commissioner, NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination, 2006
  • New York City Criminal and Civil Court
  • Board member, Criminal Section representing the Second Judicial Department
  • Nassau County District Court
  • Board Member and Vice-Chairman, Criminal Justice Committee
  • Government Affairs Professionals
  • American Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • Board member, New York Javits Center Convention Center Operating Corporation, 2005
  • Board Member and Vice-Chairman, Criminal Courts Committee
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • District Attorney Alumni Association
  • Trustee, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • New York State Appellate Division, First and Second Departments and the United States Court of Appeals
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • Seneca Club, Man of the Year
  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Past Regional Governor

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Commissioner, Commission on Judicial Nomination

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President, Temple Sinai of Roslyn Former Board of trustee, javits Center    
  • Respect for Law Alliance
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Inspector General Management Advisory Board, 2004
  • Executive Director of Citizens Against Cross Contamination, (CACC)
  • Vice President of Temple Sinai in Roslyn New York serving over One Thousand Families
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Office Location for David M. Schwartz

1399 Franklin Avenue
Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: 516-880-8170

Fax: 516-880-8171

Last Updated: 8/17/2021

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