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John Arthur Schwab

John Arthur Schwab

Practice areas:

White Collar Crime, Litigation, Federal Crime, Health Care, Military Law

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About Me

Mr. Schwab is an experienced litigator, who practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense, government investigations, corporate internal investigations and compliance, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation.  He represents various corporate and individual clients, in a wide range of regulatory and enforcement matters investigated by the United States of America, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and numerous federal and state agencies.  Many of the cases involve alleged violations of federal and state laws, including money laundering, bank and lender fraud, internal revenue fraud and tax evasion, procurement and contracting fraud, health care fraud, public corruption, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy.  


Mr. Schwab’s litigation practice also includes an emphasis on electronic discovery and the impact of technology in civil and white collar criminal cases. His civil practice extends to a variety of matters including commercial disputes, shareholder actions, corporate waste and breaches of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, employment, False Claims Act (qui tam), and other complex commercial litigation.


Representations reflective of his practice include:


  • Corporate executives and officers in bank and lender fraud matters in meetings with government investigators and prosecutors

  • Government contractors facing investigations into projects performed for federal and state governments and regulatory agencies

  • Business owner charged with tax evasion by the IRS and U.S. Attorney's Office based on allegations of unreported income

  • Small business owner for alleged violations of federal criminal statutes and civil False Claims Act

  • Administrator of medical practice in international tax investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division

  • Former Department of Defense employee targeted in a federal investigation for alleged role in federal military procurement

  • Executive of international defense contractor in corporate internal investigation

  • Financial institution for civil fraud claims, including successful defense at trial

  • Chief of police facing criminal charges brought by the Pennsylvania Attorney General for alleged falsification of records

  • U.S. government contracting officer charged with receipt of bribes and kickbacks

  • Senior military member charged with counterfeiting immigration and Social Security documents and obstruction of justice

  • Business owner charged with credit card and access device fraud

  • U.S. military officer charged with travel fraud and falsifying records

  • Individuals charged with making false statements or misrepresentations to government investigators


Mr. Schwab has substantial litigation and trial experience, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps as the Chief Trial Attorney at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. As the chief trial counsel, Mr. Schwab supervised six trial counsel and defended the office’s most complex cases including fact-gathering, writing and arguing motions, witness preparation, and trial.  During his tenure with the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Schwab served as trial counsel for 10 jury trials to verdict and more than 20 bench trials.


As the senior counsel, Mr. Schwab’s practice was dedicated to representing senior military leaders facing internal investigations and criminal investigations. Many of his cases involved allegations of fraud against the federal government, private entities, or individuals. Additionally, Mr. Schwab represented doctors and psychologists in internal investigations and facing potential loss of their licenses or credentials.


In 2007, Mr. Schwab served as the Battalion Judge Advocate in Fallujah, Iraq for 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6 for the U.S. Marine Corps. As the sole legal counsel for the battalion, he advised commanders and provided training on domestic and international law as well as internal investigations, fiscal law, intelligence reports, criminal justice and other legal compliance matters.  He had direct oversight over all of the unit’s internal investigations which encompassed a wide range of subjects, including fraud, property loss, and employment disputes.


Since 2008, Mr. Schwab has served as a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, which is one of the nation’s premier trial advocacy programs for practicing lawyers.  He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Law and Public Policy for Grove City College which published his article on Honest Services Fraud in its Inaugural Edition in 2010.  Mr. Schwab also performed an internship with the Honorable Robert J. Cindrich on the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2002.


Mr. Schwab is a member of the American Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  He is an active member of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the Federal Court Criminal Practice Subcommittee and the Third Circuit Review Program Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.


Mr. Schwab received his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was an associate editor of the Penn State International Law Review.  He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Schwab is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. White Collar Crime: 26%
    12 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    12 years
  3. Federal Crime: 24%
    12 years
  4. Health Care: 15%
    12 years
  5. Military Law: 10%
    12 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jeffery Charles King

    Working on opposite sides of the aisle for over a year, I can honestly say that John made me a better attorney. As smart and aggressive as he is ethical, John is a fantastic litigator and attorney.


    Jeffery King White Collar Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Ethan J Steward

    John Schwab is a first rate attorney that will obtain the best possible result for his clients. He cares about his clients and works hard to provide them excellent representation.


    Ethan Steward Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

The Thirty-Eighth Floor
One Oxford Centre
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


WVAuthorized to practice law201305/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising StarPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising StarPennsylvania Super Lawyers2013
Lawyers on the Fast TrackThe Legal Intelligencer2011
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Third Award)U.S. Marine Corps2009
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Second Award)U.S. Marine Corps2007
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (First Award)U.S. Marine Corps2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chief Trial AttorneyUnited States Marine Corps2008 - 2009
Trial AttorneyUnited States Marine Corps2007 - 2008
Battalion Judge AdvocateUnited States Marine Corps2006 - 2007
Trial AttorneyUnited States Marine Corps2004 - 2006
Series CommanderUnited States Marine Corps2004 - 2004
Legal Assistance AttorneyUnited States Marine Corps2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Allegheny County Bar Association, Federal Court Criminal Practice SubcommitteeCo-chair2012 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Federal Court SectionCouncil Member2011 - Present
Journal of Law & Public PolicyEditorial Board2010 - Present
National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of LawFaculty Member2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersMemberN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPU.S. Supreme Court Finds Defense Counsel Ineffective for Advice on Plea Bargains2012
ABA Criminal Justice magazineFCA 101: A Practitioner's Guide to the False Claims Act2011
EDDE Journal, ABA's Section of Science & Technology Law, E-Discovery and Digital Evidence CommitteeE-Discovery in Pennsylvania: Bridging the Gap in the Electronic Age2011
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPNew indictment in $800 million fraud case in Western District of Pennsylvania2011
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPFormer LeNature's CEO Pleads Guilty in $800 Million Fraud Case in Western District of Pennsylvania2011
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPOperation Stolen Dreams recovers over $147 million in mortgage fraud cases”2010
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPStrike Force Prosecution of $251 Million in Medicare Scams2010
Journal of Law and Public Policy, Grove City CollegeCongress Must Speak Clearly, Again‟ Honest Services Fraud - 18 U.S.C. § 13462010
Construction Legal EdgeSevere penalties available for not preserving electronic data2010
Construction Legal EdgeWithdrawing or correcting a federal government bid2010
White Collar News Alert of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLPIntellectual Property Task Force Obtains Criminal Copyright Conviction2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Grove City CollegeAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1998

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteStreamlining and Managing eDiscovery in Complex Cases in Federal Court2014
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionSurviving and Thriving in Government Practice2014
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny CountyChoosing the Winning Theme & Order of Witnesses with Sample Openings & Examinations2014
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteCorporate Compliance & Ethics: Trends in Enforcement & Corporate Compliance2013
Defense Research Institute, Government Enforcement & Corporate Compliance SeminarData Wars: Securing Your Cyber-Footprint & Staying Ahead of the Curve2013
Bench-Bar Conference, Allegheny County Bar Association“Discovery in Federal Litigation”2013
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysEffective Use Of Forensic Accountants In Defending White Collar Cases2013
Allegheny County Bar Association, Federal Court Criminal SubcommitteeParallel Investigations: The ‘Civil’ Side of a Criminal Case2013
2013 E-Discovery Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute/Allegheny County Bar Association‘Simplifying’ E-Discovery in Patent and Complex Cases in Federal Court2013
Executive Counsel Institute Conference on E-Discovery (New York, New York - July 2012)21st Century Considerations: Data-Security, Social Media and The Cloud2012
Executive Counsel Institute Conference on E-Discovery (Houston, Texas - Sept. 2012)E-Discovery for the Corporate Market: The Exchange2012
Allegheny County Bar Association's Bench-Bar Conference (June 2012)Hot Topics in Federal Litigation2012
Federal Bar AssociationElectronic Discovery in Criminal Cases2011
Executive Counsel Institute Conference on E-DiscoveryThe Importance of Project and Process Management Skills2011
Carlow University, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ProgramLegal Elements of Fraud: Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act2011
Carlow University, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ProgramLegal Elements of Fraud: Civil & Criminal Fraud Actions2011
Journal of Law & Public PolicyHonest Services Fraud2010
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersDepartment of Justice's Corporate Charging Guidelines2010
The Practice of Law in the U.S. MilitaryThe Practice of Law in the U.S. Military2009