Michael Schwarz - Michael Schwarz Attorney at Law
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Michael Schwarz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 505-988-2053

Michael Schwarz gained his admission to the New Mexico Bar in 1980 and is a sole practitioner in Santa Fe, primarily practicing in the areas of employment and labor law. He authored the New Mexico Appellate Manual. He also authored numerous professional publications and appeared as a speaker at several continuing legal education programs in the areas of employment law and professional responsibility both at the local and national levels.

Schwarz was past chair of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar and former president of the First Judicial District Bar Association. He served as chair for New Mexico Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Responsibility from 1999 through 2007 and has served on disciplinary hearing panels for over the years. Schwarz served on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee from 1990 through 2007 (chair 1999-2007).  

In 2008, Schwarz received the Professionalism Award from the New Mexico State Bar, which is the State Bar's highest award. Schwarz received three certificates of appreciation from the New Mexico Supreme Court for maintaining high ethical standards of the Bar. He further served on the Local Federal Civil Rules Committee (1997-1999).

In 2016, Best Lawyers in America listed Michael Schwarz as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Employment Law for Individuals in Santa Fe.

He is a member of the American Law Institute.  He served on the consultative group for the Restatement (Third) on Employment and Labor Law from its inception until its completion in 2014.  He is currently serving as a consultative member on the Principles of Law, Government Ethics. . He is a certified board specialist in the area of Employment and Labor Law.

Schwarz received his legal training at the University of New Mexico, Oxford University (England), and Cambridge University (England).  While at Cambridge, Schwarz was a supervisor in law where he provided one on one tutoring to law students in the area of legal thinking and reasoning, tort law, and constitutional law.

University of Cambridge
New Mexico Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Law InstituteAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Association for Justice

Case History

MIMICS vs Village of Angel Fire — Illegal search by building inspector violating the Fourth Amendment;  Violation of First Amendment right to political association.
Nava vs. City of Santa Fe — Retaliation against police officer based on sex under the New Mexico Human Rights Act

Client Comments

"Mr. Michael Schwarz has represented members of my family or me on several occasions. Myself, being in Law Enforcement, military and public service for over 35 years, I have come to witness the work ethic and commitment to clients Mr. Schwarz has exhibited. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Michael Schwarz is one of the finest lawyers in this great nation of ours. I have and will continue to recommend anyone who is need of legal counsel to Michael Schwarz. He has no fear of taking on the most difficult cases and has the knowledge and expertise to handle any case. Michael genuinely cares about his clients and the outcome of their cases."

-James Lujan
Lujan Towing

"Michael Schwarz did not only represent me as my attorney, but he and I gained a solid trust in each other. He is extremely smart and knows employment law much better than anyone we dealt with during my case. He could site cases and precedents, which had been presented to the Supreme Court of the United States, from memory. He blew the lawyers away with his knowledge of the law. He worked countless hours on my case and never released anything without me first approving it and checking it for accuracy. He is very detail orientated and understands the legal system better than any of the attorneys we faced. We settled my case, and I got my good name back plus a substantial settlement; however, had we gone to court, there was no doubt in my mind we would have won because of Michael and his firm. I consider him not only my lawyer but my friend, working closely with him for almost four years. Would I recommend him? Yes. Without reservation. He is a true professional. "

-Johnny Martinez
MSgt, USAF Retired
United States Forest Service and United State Air Force Retired

"Mr. Schwarz and I met over a workplace problem I was facing. From the moment we began talking he was straightforward about what he could and could not do for me in regard to my situation. He reviewed the materials I sent him and he provided me excellent counsel about how to approach my problem. His advice was invaluable to bettering my workplace and the situation I was involved in. He spent time reviewing my concern prior to our meeting, provided me with reference materials to use, and met with me for only an hour's fee. Mr. Schwarz provided excellent guidance and support. I would recommend anyone seeking advice or clarity on an employment issue or workplace situation meet with him to discuss their concerns. I owe him many thanks for his help."

-Nicole Thomas
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"As a client of Mr. Schwarz, I truly cannot express the vast amount of knowledge and understanding Mr. Schwarz has had regarding many areas of the law. In my book, he is a "Masterful Lawyer" and a role-model for other lawyers. Mr. Schwarz is a phenomenal communicator and is very quick to the punch on responding to any question, issue, or concern I may have. I can vouch that many folks throughout various communities have the upmost respect for the professionalism and expertise Mr. Schwarz has and displays. Beyond belief, Mr. Schwarz is and should be acknowledged for being a one of a kind "Top Lawyer" for the experience, effectiveness, and leadership he provides for his clients. "

-Billy Merrifield

Office Location

P.O. Box 1656
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1656
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Individuals of the Santa Fe Metro Area
Michael Schwarz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law
Employment Law - Individuals