Andrew W. Schwartz joined Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP in 2005 after 22 years in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he was head of land use and environmental litigation. Mr. Schwartz is a partner with the firm. His practice areas are regulatory takings, eminent domain, real estate transactions, redevelopment, rent control and land use and real estate litigation.
Mr. Schwartz has been a frequent participant in takings cases as counsel for parties and as amicus curiae. In 1998, Mr. Schwartz co-founded the Community Land Use Project of California, a special project of California's Institute for Local Self Government. The Project assisted local government agencies in preserving an appropriate balance between individual property rights and community interests. Mr. Schwartz regularly consults with the California League of Cities and California State Association of Counties on amicus participation in regulatory takings and eminent domain appellate litigation.
Mr. Schwartz has written numerous articles and books and spoken widely on eminent domain, regulatory takings, and development impact fees. He is a regular presenter on regulatory takings at the annual conference sponsored by Vermont Law School and the civil law conferences of the National College of District Attorneys. From 2000-2005, Mr. Schwartz was an adjunct professor of law at Golden Gate University Law School where he taught a course on Regulatory Takings and Environmental Law. Mr. Schwartz has lectured at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, and Hastings Law Schools.
Mr. Schwartz received the County Counsels’ Association of California Litigation Program Award for 2003, the American Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award 2003, and the Daily Journal California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY) for 2006. He has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2007-2013, a designation awarded to only the top 5% of Northern California lawyers. He is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America 19th Edition and San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media and has received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society. Mr. Schwartz received his J.D. from UCLA in 1979, where he was on the Law Review, and his B.A. from Stanford in 1976.
Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Bar of the State of California, the United States Supreme Court, and several other federal courts.
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