I am a third-generation member of the State Bar of California. My grandfather practiced workers' compensation before being appointed as the Honorable Presiding judge of the Van Nuys Superior Court. My father and uncle both practifce workers' compensation. They each work for their own firms.
I've been honored to represent thousands of injured workers and work to get them all rights' they are entitled to, from proper medical treatment, temporary disability and settlements that reflect the residual impairment that their workplace injury has caused them.
I understand that a workplace injury may impact an individual's current financial situation, including their ability to contrbute to household needs. Accordingly, I treat my clients like the people they are and try to effectuate a gameplane that affords my client the medical treatment they deserve and an equitable settlement, advising on matters such as timetables, likelihood of success and the opportunity to explore another career a workers' compensation job voucher.
As your attorney, I will use my skills, experience and expertise to provide my best recommendations. However, you are the driver of the claim and I will always use my best efforts to fight for whatever you path you desire within the workers' compensation system. Over my years of representing thousands of injured workers, it is unusual for my client and I to have a fundamental disagreement regarding the handling of a claim.
I invite you to call my office if you think that you might have been injured in the course and scope of your employment. We handle injuries considered repetitive traumas, such as typing or years of loading and unloading trucks, as well as specific injuries like a fall or crushed hand. We also handle internal, psychiatric and neurological injuries such as strokes and heart attacks from stress at work, and represent family members of deceased individuals whose death was hastened or caused by their employment.
Under current legislation, injured workers face an uphill battle and I am here to help them win the war.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 2006
Contingent (15%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2014|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2013|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Wiley W Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services||The State Bar of California by Sheldon Sloan, President 2006 - 2007||2007|
|Witkin Award for Academic Excellence||Witkin Legal Institute||2004|
|Managing Member||Law Office of Scott A. Schwartz||2009 - Present|
|Associate||Orrick, Herrington, Suitcliffe, LLP||2006 - 2009|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|California Applicants' Attorneys Association||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Workers Compensation Section||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Attorney Member||2006 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Attorney Member||2006 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Denied Continuous Trauma Settled per Structure in Excess of $2 Million||$1,905,824 settlement, which was structured to yield payout to client in excess of $2,000,000. Client also received a $10,000 Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher.|
|Denied Orthopedic Continuous Trauma Settles Per Stucture||Structured settlement for $324,782|
|Lump Sum Settlement With Future Medical Care Open||$170,000 (lump sum w/ future medical care)|
|Lawyer||Workers' Compensation: What do I need to know?||2013|
|Lawyer||Workers' Compensation: Do I have a case?||2013|
|AVVO Legal Guides||Una visión general sobre la ley de compensación de trabajadores en California||2013|
|AVVO Legal Guides||Preguntas básicas sobre la sistema de compensacion de trabajadores en California||2013|
|ePublished||Workers' Compensation: FAQs||2012|
|ePublished||Workers' Compensation: An Overview||2012|
|UCLA SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Univ of California Berkeley||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||International Studies||Certificate in International Legal Studies||N/A|
|I've Been Fired!||Recourse After Termination||2015|
|Lunch and Learn||Subrogation: The Interaction Between Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury||2014|
|WC Reform in Detail||SB 863||2013|
|KCAA Radio, 1050 AM, NBC News||Workers' Compensation: Nuts and Bolts||2012|