Law Firm Partner
Andrew Schwarz received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) in 1987, winning the Faculty Scholar Award at graduation. After a year serving as law clerk for Judge Marsha J. Pechman, he joined the Seattle-King County Public Defender where he represented indigent defendants in the Misdemeanor, Felony, and Mental Health Divisions. He has been in private practice since 1992. For over twenty years his practice has focused on intensive litigation including felony criminal defense, family law, and complex civil litigation. He has worked extensively with individuals impaired by mental health issues, domestic violence, sexual offenses, and drug addiction. He has taught Criminal Law and Family Law for the University of Washington Paralegal Certificate program. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law with Seattle University School of Law. He has lectured on criminal defense and family law issues for continuing education programs for decades.
In 2008 he began shifting his practice from one based on confrontation to one promoting the resolution of conflict. He completed basic and advanced mediation training and basic collaborative law training. He began working with more advanced trainers in both skill sets, completing intermediate and advanced collaborative training. Over the next ten years, he attended numerous trainings and workshops in a variety of approaches to peace making, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
With Leslie J. Garrison, a similarly trained lawyer and colleague, he formed the Schwarz~Garrison Law Firm in 2007. The firm is committed to a philosophy rooted in client autonomy and de-escalation of the crisis mind-set. The firm practices Collaborative Law and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Andrew serves as a collaborative lawyer and mediator. He is a member of the King County Collaborative Law Bar and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. He has served on the Board of Directors of King County Collaborative Law for the last 4 years. He is an avid mountain climber and musician.
King County Collaborative Bar
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Speaker, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers