David M. Schwartz

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Garden City, New York

Gerstman Schwartz LLP
David M. Schwartz
Gerstman Schwartz LLP

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Legislative & governmental affairs, Civil litigation

Licensed in New York since: 1993

Education: Fordham University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022

Gerstman Schwartz LLP

1399 Franklin Avenue
Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530 Visit website


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

Criminal defense, Legislative & governmental affairs, Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 50% Criminal defense
  • 30% Legislative & governmental affairs
  • 20% Civil litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1993, New York

Professional Webpage: http://gerstmanschwartz.com/partner-david-m-schwartz/

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

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“David is intelligent, tenacious and professional.”

“Smart, tenacious, thinks outside the box and loyal. David is definitely someone you want in your corner.”

“I have known David Schwartz for over 20 years, and he is an excellent attorney. I have seen him progress through law school and in his first years practicing in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office as an ADA. David has a well-balanced approach to the law and has great knowledge and experience as a Criminal Defense attorney because of his ADA experience. I think that David Schwartz is a natural candidate and nominee to be recognized as a Super Lawyer and I know that many of my peers and I would be thrilled to see him receive this honor.”

“Besides David's expertise with Criminal Defense work, he and his partner maintain a Government Relations and Communications practice. In a short period, David gained a wide array of knowledge and has become an expert in Political Law, and he is someone that I recommend and refer on many cases. He is especially focused and an expert on political issues in Long Island, New York, and he deserves honors in this category as well!”

Office location for David M. Schwartz

1399 Franklin Avenue
Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: 516-880-8170


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022

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