Ed Schwartz

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Ed Schwartz

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Ed Schwartz has practiced law for over 30 years since graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1985. He is a talented attorney that provides strategic advice and consultation in general business and environmental matters. Ed began his practice exclusively as an environmental attorney and, having served in private law firms as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency, has an intimate understanding of the complex array of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. He represents commercial and industrial clients in a full spectrum of environmental matters including .
During the past ten years, in addition to his environmental practice, Ed has gained the confidence of many clients to handle a broader range of business matters. In this capacity, Ed is a trusted advisor to businesses of all sizes and works intimately with clients to develop and implement strategies and tactics to prevent business problems and to effectively address and resolve problems if experienced by the business.
Ed has received and maintained the highest possible rating by his fellow environmental professionals, the Martindale Hubble AV preeminent rating, for the past eighteen years.
Ed is admitted to practice in Georgia and Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

Education

J.D., Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, June, 1985

  • Scholarship recipient

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, June – August 1984

  • Specialized courses in environmental law and litigation

B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia , History, March 1982

  • B.A., History, March 1982
  • Phi Alpha Theta – International History Honor Society
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity President

Bar Admission

  • Georgia
  • Florida

Legal Experience

January 2008 – Present
Sweetnam and Schwartz LLC, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Full service practice of environmental law serving corporate, municipal and commercial clients concerning Federal, state and local issues.

January 2000 – January 2008
Law Office of Edwin Schwartz, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Full service practice of environmental law serving corporate, municipal and commercial clients concerning Federal, state and local issues.

August 1991 – January 2000
Senior Associate Attorney
Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Provided legal advise and litigation assistance for private and public sector clients in environmental regulatory and transactional matters involving federal and state air, water, waste, toxic substances, pesticides, and endangered species issues.
  • Particular emphasis on industrial compliance issues under state waste, water and air regulations in the southeastern United States.

March 1986 – August 1991
Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Provided legal counseling of program clients implementing Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Federal InsecticideFungicide and Rodenticide Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act in eight southeastern region states.
  • Lead attorney for EPA oversight of air regulation in three states.
  • Instructor for EPA training in conducting administrative and judicial litigation.
  • Designated regional expert in wetlands, pesticides and toxic substances law.
  • Bestowed Bronze Medal, the highest honor in region in 1989 and 1990 in recognition of achievements in successful litigation under the Clean Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act.

August 1985 – March 1986
Attorney
Peeples, Earl & Blank, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

  • Conducted research and drafted memoranda and pleadings concerning Florida water, hazardous waste and land use law.

October 1984 – July 1985
Compliance Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Reviewed case files and drafted legal documents, including complaints and settlement agreements, in enforcement matters under the Toxic Substances Control Act and Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

January – March 1984; September – December 1984
Legal Intern
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Conducted legal research on a variety of issues involving air, water and hazardous waste law.

June 1981 – August 1981
Research Assistance
Environmental Law Institute Washington, D.C.

  • Conducted initial research in transboundary pollution and participated in the drafting of U.S./Canada case study for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment entitled “Long Range Air Pollution Across National Boundaries: Recourses in Law and Policy.”

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