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About Me

I have been practicing law for 26 years, most of that doing family law/divorce cases.  Prior to becoming a lawyer I was an accountant/financial analyst at the First National Bank of Chicago.  My bachelor's degree is in accounting and my MBA is in finance.  I passed the Illinois CPA exam in 1981.  I understand the numbers and other than children issues, most divorce cases are about the numbers (child support, spousal support, property valuation, property division).  I also have extensive experience in custody, visitation, domestic violence and all other family law related issues.  Over 26 years I have done it all.   I work hard for my clients.


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 38%
    26 years
  2. Family: 37%
    26 years
  3. Child Support: 10%
    26 years
  4. Child Custody: 10%
    26 years
  5. Immigration: 5%
    11 years



Hourly ($1-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • Scott Kosner

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Scott Kosner Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Webb Millsaps

    Mr. Schwerin consistently gives thoughtful and practical responses in this forum. His writing is cogent, which is unsurprising given his fine credentials. His legal analysis demonstrates his considerable knowledge and skill. I endorse this lawyer.


    Webb Millsaps Health Care Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Michael C. Schwerin

84 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 360
San Jose, CA, 95113



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Wiley P Manuel Award for Pro Bono ServicesState Bar of California1994
Meritorious Service AwardNational Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges1994
American Jurisprudence Award - Insurance LawAmerican Jurisprudence1988
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSchwerin & Sumcad Law Offices1988 - Present
Law ClerkMitchell & Stock1987 - 1988
Law ClerkGlennon & Burrow1986 - 1987
Financial AnalystFirst National Bank of Chicago1983 - 1985
AuditorFirst National Bank of Chicago1981 - 1983
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar Assocation Family Law SectionChairperson1998 - 1998
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1988 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
Illinois CPA SocietyN/A1985 - Present
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsN/A1985 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Marriage of XXX - represent wifeWife wins after trial spread over 2 days.
Marriage of XXX - represent husbandEx-Husband wins.
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Publication NameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesCalifornia Spousal Support Basics2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
DePaul UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1985
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Spousal Support and Immigration - The I-864Spousal Support and Immigration - The I-8642012
Immigration Law and DivorceImmigration Law and Divorce2011
Guest SpeakerFamily Law Research & Writing2011
Guest SpeakerFamily Law Litigation2010
What Every Evaluator Needs to KnowTraining Evaluators1999
Marriage DissolutionMarriage Dissolution1996