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Edwin A.D. Schwartz

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100 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 201
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 651-3700
(717) 651-3707 - Fax
easchwartz@mdwcg.com

Ed focuses his practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against lawyers, physicians, nurses, insurance agents and brokers, real estate brokers, and other professionals in a wide variety of liability matters. He has developed an extensive trial and appellate practice, serving as first chair in some 30 trials and has represented clients in dozens of mediations. In addition, Ed has handled complex matters involving civil RICO, Stark Law litigation and compliance issues dealing with health care finance regulations. Ed has also been engaged in IRS litigation, representing tax payers before various taxing authorities, and is admitted before the U.S. Tax Court.

Early in his legal career, Ed developed a strong background in legal research, and he continues to write and/or assist in the writing of his own appellate briefs. His early experience contributed to his subsequent involvement in various national class actions for several firms in Texas and Florida. As well, Ed contributed to the research and drafting of an article that appeared in the Vol. 5, No. 1 (1995) newsletter of the ABA's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee.

Ed is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's sub-committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics. He is frequently asked to serve as a speaker on professional ethics and malpractice avoidance at both state and county bar association functions, and he as served as a moderator and presenter at more than a dozen professional liability seminars. The focus of Ed’s seminars discuss issues of professional malpractice avoidance, risk assessment, mitigation and best practices.

In addition to his involvement with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Ed is also a  member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).  He conducts seminars and educational programs for numerous professional liability insurers, throughout central Pennsylvania and at their offices, nationwide.

Ed is honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a commissioned officer and trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He received several acknowledgments and awards for his research and analysis on biochemical terrorist response and vaccination protocols for personnel of the armed forces.

In 2005 and 2006, Ed was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the Super Lawyers advertising supplement of Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" in the central Pennsylvania region.

When not practicing law, Ed is involved in many community activities, including youth athletic programs. He is deeply committed to the Penn State Four Diamonds campaign as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society wherein he was recognized as a member of the MS Leadership Class of 2006. He also serves the United Way Capitol Region.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a complex legal malpractice action, including allegations of an attorney’s alleged failure to provide competent representation resulting in the imposition of almost three quarters of a million dollars in federal and state tax liability.

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an attorney accused of malpractice in handling a large family farm and estate, resulting in a alleged $1.2 million of damages.

  • Successfully obtained a defense verdict in a complex legal malpractice action in which the underlying issue focused on an attorney's alleged failure to protect a spouse's entitlement to a portion of her husband's military pension in an divorce proceeding. Verdict upheld on appeal by the Superior Court and review denied by the Supreme Court. 

  • Obtained summary judgment in an adversarial proceeding alleging legal malpractice in the context of a bankruptcy proceeding. Allegations of malpractice involved issues of an attorney's failure to properly draft and review closing documents on a series of multi-million dollar USDA guaranteed loans for business purposes for which the plaintiff had ultimate personal exposure. 

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a criminal defense counsel in a legal malpractice action in a state court action, and further defended similar claims asserted by same litigant against counsel in federal court action brought under the guise of civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. 1893. Summary judgment upheld by Superior Court. 

  • Managed, controlled and served as primary defense counsel in multi-jurisdictional legal malpractice action commenced in five different states. Successfully had all claims removed to their respective federal courts and ultimately transferred to Middle District of Pennsylvania where a dismissal was obtained. 

  • Obtained summary judgment in legal malpractice action regarding a claimant's allegations that attorney failed to raise and adequately preserve certain claims in a workers' compensation matter that resulted in alleged damages in excess of $500,000. Summary judgment upheld by Superior Court. 

  • Successfully defended legal malpractice claims involving allegations of inadequate representation of claimant in state human relations commission claims and subsequent federal whistleblower claims. Summary judgment obtained and ultimately affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Avoiding Legal Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Association seminars, 2010- present

  • Mediation of Professional Liability Actions, Professional Liability Defense Federation annual meeting, September, 2016

  • Current Issues in Legal Malpractice Litigation and Malpractice Avoidance, Cumberland County Bar Association, June 2013

  • Legal Malpractice Primer, Professional Liability Defense Federation, September 2011

  • Legal Malpractice Avoidance and Ethical Considerations in the Daily Practice of Law, Lancaster County Bench/Bar Conference, October 2010

  • Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethic Complaints in Your Law Practice, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company In-House Seminar, October 2010

Published Works

  • Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook, 2017 Edition, Published by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Co-author 

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA (J.D. 1995)

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (B.A., 1992)

    Major:  Political Science 

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
By Edwin A.D. Schwartz, Esq.* Everyone likes surprises, but not all surprises are well-liked. This can be especially true when you receive notification from the state disciplinary board that a former client, colleague or opposing counsel has...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice action in Lancaster County. We represented a law firm in the defense of legal malpractice cross-claims arising during underlying litigation. The plaintiff, an environmental consulting company, sued...
Aug 30, 2017
Successfully defended an attorney in his individual capacity and in his capacity as executor of an estate. The plaintiff (the decedent’s son) had a verbal agreement to move into the decedent’s (his father’s) home and provide him...
Dec 6, 2016
The plaintiff was a former attorney and county commissioner who was indicted in the “Kids for Cash” scandal. A federal jury convicted the plaintiff of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official...
October 1, 2011
Brigid Alford and Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) were featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation in Chicago recently.  The meeting was attended by both claims professionals and defense counsel from around the country.  Brigid spoke on Professional...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Texas Tech University (B.A., 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • North Carolina, 2016

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Fund (PLDF)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2008


Military Service

  • United States Army Reserve, 1987-1990, 2000-2009

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