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Stephen J. Schwartz

Personal injury Attorney at Portland, ME

5.0   22 reviews

Licensed for 37 years

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    55%
    Listed in Best Lawyers in America for injury cases, we have obtained millions of dollars in cases involving auto, motorcycle, truck, and pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, and matters involving serious injury, including paralysis.

    38 years, 3,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Listed in Best Lawyers in America for criminal defense and OUI, we handle all matters- OUI, felonies, and misdemeanors, and PFA/PFA cases. Hundreds of cases tried to verdict, and we’ve resolved favorably thousands of cases over 37 years of practice.

    38 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Ethics and professional responsibility
    10%
    Listed in Best Lawyers in America for ethics matters and respected by our peers, we represent attorneys who have received complaints under Maine's Code of Professional Responsibility and assist law students with Bar applications.

    3 years, 12 cases

  4. Probate
    5%
    Extensive administration of estates of all sizes.

    38 years, 500 cases

A CARING AND EFFECTIVE LAW FIRM.

Steve Schwartz, has been practicing law for 37 years.  He is known as one of the most caring, hardworking, and successful lawyers in the state of Maine. He has been voted by his peers into Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers, has also received from his peers an AV preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical conduct--the highest rating possible--in Martindale Hubbell, and Schwartz & Schwartz P.A. has been named by U.S. News and World Report as a top tier law office nationally.

Steve specializes in helping people who have been involved in accidents of all types.  He has been named to Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers of New England in the area of accident law.  He has also been named to Best Lawyers in the areas of criminal defense and OUI law and ethics and professional responsibility-- Steve also represents attorneys in ethics matters and helps law students with bar admission matters.

In personal injury matters, we've obtained millions of dollars for our clients who've been in accidents, whether car, bus, motorcyle, truck, or falls-- even dog bites. Most matters are settled in amounts that exceed our clients' expectations. And for those that do not, we will not hesitate to go to court to protect your rights.  We only get paid if we recover money for you.

We have also been known for having a high powered criminal defense practice. We handle everything from OUI and other traffic matters to  homicide and other serious felonies, including drug charges, sexual, domestic violence, and other assault charges, and theft charges. Steve Schwartz has helped to train other lawyers in the state and has created a network of criminal defense lawyers to help people accused of crimes--he was the founder and first president of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense lawyers in 1992.

We also handle a variety of probate matters, from estate planning, including wills, trusts, advanced healthcare directives and powers of attorney to estate administration, will contests, and contested and uncontested guardianships and conservatorships.

In his "spare" time, Steve is a play by play television sports broadcaster and an umpire.  He has called numerous state championship football, soccer, and basketball games.  He was the home plate umpire for both the Little League Softball World Series World Championship game in 2016 (Portland, OR) and Junior League Baseball World Series US Championship game in 2019 (Detroit, MI), both games on the ESPN network.

We have helped thousands of people with their legal needs, and we look forward to helping you, as well.  

 

Licensed for 37 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 01/29/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Schwartz & Schwartz PA
482 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
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Grateful beyond words
I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words the depth of my gratitude to God and to Stephen Schwartz. Stephen represented my husband in a very hard case. I would pray that God would make Stephen and his already amazing powers of persuasion just that much more powerful to help us to get our lives back. It is apparent that Stephen loves what he does, but if on occasion he ever finds himself questioning why he became a lawyer or whether or not he should stay a lawyer, I just want to say that he helped save our lives. He never sugarcoated anything, never promised an easy win, but he was thorough, thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent, and effective, and I cannot even begin to explain the level of my gratefulness to him for what he accomplished. I wish him all the best in life and thank him directly from my heart.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2022
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He won my life back
I was falsely accused and Attorney Schwartz represented me very effectively through a PFA and criminal proceeding, winning a not guilty verdict in the end. The charges were of a type that threatened to ruin my life, and I knew it would be a difficult fight. He showed himself to be an excellent strategist, eloquent speaker, and tireless advocate, and someone who fell short in any of these categories may not have pulled it off. But he brought the truth out in a complex situation. Trust him, he is a master of his art. Naturally I hope I never need to hire him again, but if life surprises me again then I know who to call.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2021
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A lawyer's lawyer.
I am a trial lawyer practicing statewide in Maine. I suddenly had to confront a bar complaint, a first for me. I could have called any attorney in Maine. Steve was my call. Steve is the go-to lawyer for lawyers in trouble. And I did not regret it. Steve took immediate action. He reviewed 1,000 pages of documents. And the whole time I knew my case and my license were in good hands, and that Steve is not only savvy, he is of the highest credibility. Result? The complaint against me was dismissed at the earliest possible stage and in the best way. I recommend Steve to my attorney colleagues, and I recommend Steve to any individual needing the best legal representation.
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Posted by Jake | January 29, 2021
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Diligent, Efficient, Effective.
Stephen Schwartz represented me in a traffic matter. Based on an educational opportunity, I could not have a pending matter, but the courts are closed for cases like mine during the pandemic. Attorney Schwartz went above and beyond to get the case dismissed. He advised me about what I could do to help myself, contacted the State, provided proof of what I’d done and got their approval, then he filed a motion to dismiss the matter. The judge dismissed my case. I appreciate what Mr. Schwartz did to move my case along and get it dismissed quickly, even in the middle of a pandemic, It has allowed me to move on with my life, and for that I am grateful. I would highly recommend Attorney Schwartz without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2020
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Highly competent and effective
I retained Steve in a matter where I was the Plaintiff and the Defendant. Steve's level of expertise is immediately apparent and provided me a real sense of confidence in such a stressful time. I had several years of information related to the case and Steve was excellent at wrapping his arms around all of the data. He is very bright and spent a great deal of time preparing, asking questions and listening to me and our witnesses. In the trial, Steve skillfully cross-examined the opposing party. He mastered and organized many documents and offered them into evidence in an order that made is easy for the judge to follow. He is compassionate, respectful and aggressive. Steve won the case certainly allowing me to have the relief I sought and got the opposing party's case against me dismissed.
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Posted by Kaela | April 27, 2020
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Very impressed!
Mr. Schwarts defended me in a Protection from Abuse hearing. Mr. Schwarts worked diligently and prepared for trial on short notice, called all of my witnesses who were in court and ready to go, and then worked the matter out in a way that favored me immensely. Although I contacted this lawyer a week before the hearing, Mr. Schwartz defended me as though he had been familiar with the case for a long period of time. I am extremely impressed and grateful for the service that was provided by Mr. Schwartz and I would recommend him to anyone who needs assistance. He was not only an effective lawyer, but he was also extremely supportive, empathetic, and is a master of his practice! Thank you!
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Posted by Philip | December 2, 2019
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Impeccable Lawyer
When my son was arrested for OUI - I called Attorney Schwartz and asked if he would take on this case. He did and it was all good from this point on. His confidence and presentation about the case were direct and left us with no questions as to what to expect. He took this case on not only as our lawyer but also as a friend - with concerns shared with us and directing us as to what direction we should go. Despite the seriousness of this case Steve presented us with options - we always took his advice and it was all good. His follow-up/communications with us was exceptional. I am confident we will not have another situation like this but if we should, the first call would be to Attorney Schwartz. You have no concern in asking a question and no concern in getting the answer. We are grateful for all Steve did for us and getting my son going in the right direction. No question and no reservation that Steve loves his chosen field and no one would ever be disappointed in selecting Steve as their attorney.
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Posted by Michelle | October 31, 2019
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Compassionate, Sincere and Professional
I retained Steve as my attorney last November after being charged with an OUI along with several other grievous charges. Steve, not only worked diligently on my case, but also laid out some expectations of me in order for his continued representation. Despite his very busy court schedule, he and his staff would always promptly respond to any questions I had during the process. Steve genuinely cared about me and achieved an outcome that resulted in dismissal of several serious charges with minimal consequences. I will forever be grateful to him and his staff for their dedication to professionalism at one of the most difficult times in my life.
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Posted by Kylie | September 22, 2019
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The best of the best
Stephen is the best lawyer around. I would highly recommended him to anyone in need of a good lawyer. He is very skilled, and will go above and beyond for his clients
Posted by Stacey | May 8, 2019
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Serious Automobile accident with a minor
Stephen and his team were amazing! Not only were they compassionate through the entire process, they worked diligently to obtain the policy limits. I cannot thank Stephen enough for all his hard work, guidance, and dedication. If I were to need legal advice in the future, I would not hesitate to call Stephen.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2019
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Highly Recommend!
I hired Mr. Schwartz to help me with a second offense DUI charge, which was also classified as a 'refusal to submit'. This particular case had added layers of criminal speeding and an accident resulting in a double rollover of my vehicle. It was immediately evident that Mr. Schwartz cares about his clients when I met with him for the first time. He did not judge me but gave me 'tough feedback' that I needed to hear, in order to change some bad behaviors in my life. This resulted in me going to inpatient rehab for 30 days. With Stephen's advise to attend rehab, and after finding several holes in my case, he was able to get my DUI charge dismissed and reduced to criminal speeding. This sincerely exceeded ALL of my expectations. I was facing jail time, the loss of my license for multiple years, becoming classified as a habitual offender with the state of ME, and more. I faced NO jail time, am almost through my license suspension (will not have to install an interlock device in my vehicle) and most importantly, am 7 months sober. I owe so much to Stephen Schwartz and would recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer that does not judge, and that stands in your corner!
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Posted by Dusan | December 14, 2018
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Master
I retained Mr. Schwartz’s services to help me with some trucking violations in different parts of Maine. It was extremely important to me to not have to return to Maine. He traveled to court for me, and dealt with everything. He communicated well. He was fast, efficient, and went beyond what I asked in helping me. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Michael | November 9, 2018
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Exceptional Attorney
I have worked closely with Stephen for years. It was not until recently that I tried a case against him. Stephen was simultaneously a fierce fighter, a gentleman and scholar.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
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Highly Recommended!!!
I was facing a 6 year suspension of my license plus jail time for a 3rd OUI offense. Steve worked hard on my case for over a year. He pointed out problems with the HGN and other field sobriety tests I had to go through. He also investigated issues with the administration of the breathalyzer test, proving highly beneficial in the case. He obtained a dismissal of the charge in court and also my suspension was overturned. I now Uber everywhere if I’ve had a drink, but I am thankful to have my license, because I need it for my work. I highly recommend him for anyone is need of a lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable, respectful and understanding to situations.
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Posted by Nathan | June 30, 2017
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Not Guilty
Stephen Schwartz is not just a highly skilled trial lawyer, he is a compassionate listener, a legal scholar, and diligent worker. My son was victim to very young police officer who prejudged the situation and unfairly put his own ambition ahead of the law. Steve carefully and deliberately unraveled the case before the jury and brought home the not guilty verdict for an OUI. My son can now fulfill his dream of following in Steve's footsteps with a clean record.
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Posted by Kevin | May 16, 2016
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Above and beyond (Genuinely)
Attorney Schwartz was hired to work on a VERY complicated and delicate OUI matter. This particular case involved a number of factors that could be considered to be "abnormal", and Mr. Schwartz was nothing short of articulate, aggressive, talented, prompt, and caring. He thought creatively about how to manage the problem at hand, and was able to achieve an outcome that was completely unexpected!! In short....he sincerely exceeded ALL of my expectations, and he did it all with a demeanor of someone who was genuinely invested in his clients best outcome. Top level attorney...but more importantly....a top level human being.
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Posted by Andy | May 12, 2016
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Highest Degree Of Ethical and Moral Legal Defense Skill
Stephen Schwartz represented a family member for me via a referral only, on very short notice, and with a very complicated and bifurcated criminal felony charge that also overlapped a substance abuse (alcoholism) condition and a separate and concurrent difficult divorce proceeding involving the same family member. Steve had to start his representation of the felony charge with all of the other complications ongoing and concurrent. Steve engaged with the attorney handling the divorce and assisted without asking, providing valuable assistance. Steve recommended the rehab facility we chose and it was an outstanding choice. Steve ultimately negotiated with the State and other attorneys involved to have the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor and essentially no jail time or probation. My family member owes his chance at a new life to Steve. Steve is exceptional at what he does and he clearly is an expert at understanding Maine law, Further, it is clear to me from observation during the various proceedings that other attorneys, both private and with the State, highly respect Steve. It is very noticeable. Lastly, Steve is a very moral, kind and patient man. I have worked with many attorneys in my own career and Steve is exceptional in all aspects I would ask for in legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
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Incredibly Knowledgeable, Professional and Patient
I hired Steve to represent me in an OUI case after he was highly recommended by one of his peers in the legal profession. Steve was a pleasure to work with. He was patient, thorough and incredibly knowledgeable when it came to educating me on the law and walking me through each and every step of the process. My case was ultimately dismissed based on inadequate evidence after I hired his firm to represent me. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who needs representation for charges of this nature
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Posted by john | April 1, 2016
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excellent
Steve was my lawyer in a felony matter. I was charged with a felony. After Steve's work my charges were dismissed and I have no record. Steve's level of communication is tops, he replies back to my calls, texts, emails, with a great sense of urgency. He is a quality lawyer. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2016
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Very helpful, great person
Mr Schwartz helped me out by getting my felony charged reduced to nothing. His strongest point was definitely his great communication skills with me as well as the court system. He was very knowledgeable and helpful, as well as being very successful at getting my case dropped. Could not have asked for it to go any better and would definitely recommend him to other people seeking legal consultation.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Schwartz & Schwartz P.A.
  • 1987 - Present

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Maine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Tier Law Office
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen was lead counsel on a matter with me and an attorney from Nevada. He filed a complex motion for an injunction in superior court. His work, along with subsequent research and communications, was absolutely first class lawyering at the very highest levels. This was a hard case and Stephen did very complex legal research and memorandum drafting on some arcane and obscure difficult topics that was cutting edge. I have been a member of the bar in Boston for close to 40 years, and trust me that what I observed being done in Maine could not have been accomplished by your typical average lawyer. Stephen Schwartz conducted a master class in first-rate lawyering that resulted in a victory for our client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot say enough about Steve's work. He is a top notch attorney on just so many levels. His work is highly intelligent and always focused on the core mission of doing everything possible to take care of his clients. I have referred many clients to him over the years and have always been confident that they would be extraordinarily well taken care of. Steve is widely respected throughout the legal community for his second-to-none legal work. And what makes Steve such a great attorney is that he is also a really great person. He is exceedingly kind, always professional, and has long been an attorney that other attorneys contact for his wise, thoughtful advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steve Schwartz. Steve is a highly effective, intelligent and dedicated advocate, and a co-founder of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a testament to his dedication to criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a brilliant and honest attorney. He is effective, tenacious and honest. Qualities that rarely coexist in one person."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot say enough good about Attorney Stephen Schwartz. I've had the honor to work with him on several criminal cases, and have seen the results of his work in the area of personal injury. He's extremely well respected by judges, other lawyers and clients. He works tirelessly for his clients while maintaining the highest ethical standards. He gets my unqualified endorsement and support."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Schwartz gets my highest endorsement. His credibility is unquestionable. His skill in both litigation and negotiation are excellent. He is respected by judges and his adversaries. I have worked with Steve in a variety of capacities and I consider him top notch."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Schwartz; Steve is diligent, knowledgeable and thoroughly experienced in all aspects of personal injury law, criminal defense, and probate law, which enables him to achieve great results for his clients."
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Portland Personal injury Lawyer Stephen J. Schwartz
Stephen J. Schwartz
Personal injury Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 37 years
Virtual consultation available