Victor Schwartz

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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K Street Northwest 1800
Washington 20006 DC US

Victor E. Schwartz chairs the firm’s Public Policy Practice Group, which focuses on integrating litigation, government affairs and public relations. The group seeks to be the vanguard of developing public policy issues that will help improve our civil justice system.

Mr. Schwartz also has an active appellate practice and advises product manufacturers on liability prevention, litigation and public relations issues.

Sought by print and broadcast media, Mr. Schwartz is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes and leading news programs.

Mr. Schwartz is on the Board of Directors of the Searle Civil Justice Institute at George Mason University School of Law. He is a frequent participant in judicial education programs. Mr. Schwartz serves as General Counsel to the American Tort Reform Association.

Prior to entering the full time practice of law, Mr. Schwartz was a professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He currently serves on the College’s Board of Visitors. In 2012, the College established the Professor Victor E. Schwartz Chair in Tort Law.

Mr. Schwartz, while at the U.S. Department of Commerce, served as chair of the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Product Liability, and the Federal Inter-Agency Council on Insurance. He was the principal author of the Uniform Product Liability Act and the Federal Risk Retention Act. He received the Secretary of Commerce’s Award for Professional Excellence.

Mr. Schwartz is co-author of the most widely used torts casebook in the United States, Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts (12th ed. 2010). He is author of the leading text Comparative Negligence (5th ed. 2010).

Mr. Schwartz has been an advisor for each of the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Restatement (Third) of Torts projects; Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, and Liability for Physical Injury and Emotional Harm. He is a life member of the ALI.

Mr. Schwartz’s law review articles have analyzed almost every major subject of modern tort and civil justice public policy issues. His articles are frequently cited by both state and federal courts.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Columbia Law School, 1965
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Boston University, 1962

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Community Involvement:

  • American Tort Reform Association, General Counsel
  • George Mason University School of Law, Searle Civil Justice Institute, Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Product Liability; Federal Intern-Agency Council on Insurance, Chair
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Today’s General Counsel, Editorial Advisory Board


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