Andrew H. Swartz

Andy Swartz

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The legal profession has been my life passion. Since 1973, I have been fortunate to practice law in beautiful Monterey County, California. I have specialized in a broad spectrum of civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants including personal injury cases from car accidents to defamation and a vast number of business and real estate disputes, most tried before judge, jury or arbitrator. I have also acted as court appointed referee, court appointed and private arbitrator, court appointed discovery referee, court appointed and private mediator, expert witness in attorney's fee disputes and ethical questions and court appointed tie breaking corporate board member. I have acted as trustee of several high profile trusts.

While I am known as a tough litigator, it is also known that I served on the State of California Committee on Professional Conduct and Responsibility, sometimes referred to as "the Ethics Committee", including as Vice Chair in 1981-1982 and Chairman in 1982-1983, California Trial Lawyers Association, and numerous charitable and civic organizations. For over twenty years, I have been the volunteer legal counsel for The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (commonly called "Laguna Seca Racetrack"), Carmel Associated Sportsmen, Inc., and Santa Catalina School along with other charitable organizations.

Sample cases include actions both for and against financial institutions (see Young v. B of A (1983) 141Cal.App.3d 108, trust litigation (see DeMille v. Ramsey (1989) 207 Cal.App.3d 116) construction defect and Mechanic's Lien (see Sobeck & Associates v. B & R Investments (1992) 215 Cal.App.3d 861), a vast array of real estate disputes (see Reichardt v. Hoffman (1997) 52 Cal. App. 4th 754, and automotive franchise disputes (British Motor Car Distributors, Ltd, dba Maserati Import v. New Motor Vehicle Board (1987) 194 Cal.App.3d 81).

My wife Kiane Swartz shares in many of my interests. My son, Adam, is a Paramedic Firefighter Officer for the City of Chicago, and my other son, Alex, is employed by Visa as a Senior Product Manager for Visa Debit Division in Foster City, California. We are an athletic family with a passion for sports, swimming and cycling. I have run the New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Big Sur Marathons.

Practice areas:

  • Civil Litigation, including business litigation
  • Employment
  • Fire Loss
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Personal Injury (Plaintiff and Defense)
  • Will and Trust Litigation

Education

  • University of Santa Clara School of LAW – Juris Doctorate 1973
  • Santa Clara Law Review, magna cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh – Bachelor of Arts 1970

Honors

  • Comments Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
  • "An Employer's Right of Freedom of Speech During a Union Organizational Campaign,"
  • Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 12, pg. 580, 1973

Associations

  • Member State Bar of California since 1973
  • Member Monterey County Bar Association since 1973