Susan J. Schwartz



Susan J. Schwartz is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Schwartz focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Ms. Schwartz is the former chair of the New York office’s Litigation Department. She is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Team.

Ms. Schwartz was a partner at Friedman, Wang & Bleiberg, P.C. before the firm joined Foley & Lardner in July 2004.

Representative Experience

  • Represented an acquirer of a business in a litigation with its former shareholders concerning the parties’ rights and obligations with respect to certain litigations in which the business was involved.
  • Represented a lyricist and composer in a dispute with a producer concerning the right to create a Broadway musical based on a motion picture.
  • Represented a reinsurance company in an action relating to the hiring of several employees who had been at a competitor and who were alleged to have misappropriated trade secrets.
  • Represented a monoline insurer in a dispute with a residential mortgage loan originator and servicer concerning loan origination, servicing, and foreclosure practices.
  • Represented an insurance company in an arbitration brought by the trustee of several trusts comprised of subprime automobile loans, concerning the terms and conditions of a risk default insurance policy.
  • Represented a secured creditor in a litigation with the debtor, involving case-within-a-case management, pension plan termination, and liquidation of collateral.
  • Represented a partner in a sunglass company in an arbitration with his partner concerning rights to the company’s intellectual property.


Ms. Schwartz received her J.D. from Harvard University (1979) and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude, with honors in literature, 1976), and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Ms. Schwartz is admitted to the New York Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Seventh Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Community Engagement

Ms. Schwartz is a member of the board of trustees of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan.