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Michael A. Schwartz

Michael A. Schwartz, Esquire, was appointed to serve as a Member of the State Ethics Commission on October 12, 2017, by the Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schwartz is a partner and co-chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton, LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. He also is the Chair of the firm’s White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group and a member of the Media and Communications Practice Group. Mr. Schwartz focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense and counseling, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance programs, corporate monitorships and First Amendment matters. Mr. Schwartz serves on the firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee.

Before joining Pepper Hamilton, LLP in 2008, Mr. Schwartz headed the Corruption, Civil Rights, Labor and Tax Fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for approximately 14 years, he successfully prosecuted some of the region’s highest-profile corruption cases, including the electronic surveillance investigation during former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street’s administration and the corruption prosecutions of former City Treasurer Corey Kemp and former City Councilman Richard Mariano.

Mr. Schwartz is a 1990 graduate of Yale Law School and a 1987 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his B.A. in Economics. Mr. Schwartz served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, taught trial advocacy and corruption law and policy at Temple Law School, and guest lectured at Temple Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law, and Drexel School of Law.