William J. Schwartz

Partner, New York at Cooley LLP

William J. Schwartz

William J. Schwartz

Partner, New York at Cooley LLP

Biography

Bill Schwartz is a senior litigation partner and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is aformer member of both Cooley's Compensation Committee and its Management Committee. He is also theformer chair of the firm's white collar defense & investigations group.Bill practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. He hasrepresented numerous corporations and individuals in state and federal grand jury investigations and at trialthroughout the country, and before regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.Among the many criminal or regulatory matters in which he has had significant representations are thoseinvolving FIFA (RICO and commercial bribery), Guinea iron mining (foreign corrupt practices), BNP Paribas(trade sanctions violations), Global FX (securities fraud), Refco (securities fraud), Kazakh Oil (foreign corruptpractices), the New York State Comptroller's Office (state securities fraud), Christie's/Sotheby’s (price fixing),Tollman Hundley Hotels (tax and bank fraud), Mitsubishi Corporation/carbon electrodes (price fixing), AOL-Time Warner (securities fraud), Iraq-gate (bank fraud), Con Edison (criminal environmental violations), Gitano(customs fraud), GAF (securities fraud) and Drexel (securities fraud). He has also conducted numerousinternal investigations for corporations and audit committees and advised those entities on the implicationsof the findings. In his civil practice, Bill has handled virtually every kind of complex commercial dispute, instate and federal courts as well as before domestic and international arbitration panels, for clients rangingfrom international finance firms to large domestic and foreign public companies and conglomerates toprivately-held corporations. A particular focus of his practice has been the representation of major law firmsin cases involving allegations of malpractice or fraud, and in partnership disputes.Before joining Cooley, Bill served as Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Officefor the Southern District of New York where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. During histenure, Bill successfully tried a number of major white collar cases, including United States v. StanleyFriedman (RICO prosecution of Bronx Democratic leader and city officials).Following graduation from law school, Bill clerked for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel and the HonorableAbraham D. Sofaer, both of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.Bill has been recognized by Chambers USA, New York Magazine – The New York Area's Best Lawyers, TheInternational Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation Legal Guide, The BestLawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

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William J. Schwartz
Partner, New York at Cooley LLP
Education
BA, magna cum laude

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

JD

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Fellow
Current

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is a professional association of trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes. The College also awards the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy on a yearly basis.

Career History
Partner, New York
2006 - Current

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Clerk
Prior

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Boards & Committees
Member, Compensation Committee
Prior

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2020

The mission of The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is to foster an inclusive, engaged and informed community that embraces diversity and is rooted in Jewish values.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Former President of United States

$2,500
2011

Former President of United States

$2,300
2008

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyers - New York Super Lawyers
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