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Brett Michael Schwartz

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.9   38 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 25 years
    Maryland - MD 11 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found

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

About Brett

Learn Brett’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    90%
    We zealously represent those who are charged with any misdemeanor or felony offense in State or Federal Court.

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%

Brett Schwartz, Esq. has been representing clients in Miami-County and Broward County for more than a decade.  If you have been accused of any type of criminal offense, contact Brett Schwartz, Esq. at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today.  We will do everything possible to Protect Your Rights and Defend Your Freedom.

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Location

Hager & Schwartz, P.A.
12 S.E. 7th St.
Suite 611
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Hager & Schwartz, P.A.
555 Northeast 15th Street
Penthouse A
Miami, FL, 33132
Hager & Schwartz, P.A.
140 South Beach Street
Suite 401
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
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4.9 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Civil DV
Brett called me back within an hour or 2 after an inquiry I made at night looking for an attorney. I had a civil domestic case coupled with demanding time constraints on top of being in between jobs and cities. Brett handled this extremely efficiently and proficiently. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney who can take on especially in a timely matter. I owe him my peace with this. He is excellent.
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Posted by John | March 11, 2019
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Domestic case
Brett communicated with me on every necesssary facet of my case. He did a tremendous job and case was dismissed without going to trial. I am so relieved
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer to resolve issues with strategic planning
He has understood the problem in depth and proposed a possible strategy and discussed the strategy for any questions and made necessary amendments. 100% transparency and attentive to the client. Definite choice to hire if we need peace of mind.
Posted by Bryan | January 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT PICK !!!!!
Couldn’t be more happy with Brett’s services, wonderful personally but even a Better lawyer ! Whatever is discussed will be the outcome case.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience!
Brett Schwartz is a great lawyer to have on your team. I got into some trouble, after never having an issue in my life, and was terrified. Brett was there for me the whole way, made me feel comfortable and taken care of. I would HIGHLY recommend Brett and his team. Brett is responsive, kind, hard-working, and professional. Thank you, thank you, Brett! You're a life-saver.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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Best Lawyer and friend anyone can asked to have on their side
We hired Brett Schwartz to help us out with the most horrible experience that happened to us November 2015. He was there with us from start to finish keeping us posted with each and every change, always there to answer our phone calls and if he couldn’t answer something at that moment he would definitely look into it and call us right back with an answer. He worked with our family very closely and we couldn’t of asked for a better outcome. I would highly recommend Brett Schwartz for my defense if ever needed again. The staff was amazing as well always there for anything and everything that we needed. Brett has also become a very good friend calling to make sure everything is ok, and very comforting. If I’ve needed help despite case has been closed for over a year he is always there for me. Can’t ask for any better support than that. I’m in good hands.
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Posted by Marco | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I’m smiling again
I was arrested for domestic violence because my ex girlfriend called the police during an argument we had. Considering was my second time to get arrested for the same accusation I was very stressed and scared, so I though that was very important to find a great lawyer to represent me. After many calls to different law firms I found Brett. He was very attentive to listen to my story, always answered my calls even on Sunday, and if for some reasons he can’t answer he always returned my calls. I went to visit him for the first time at is office and spoke with him regarding what happened, from that day I realized that I choose the best lawyer. He has so much knowledge about the system and law, also he’s a very kind and genuine man. My case got dismissed, thanks to Brett I can smile and breathe again. Thank you Brett
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Posted by Hugo | January 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Criminal Attorney in Miami
Are you in a pickle and need the best representation to protect yourself and your loved ones? Look no further... Law offices of HAGER & Schwartz bring a wealth of experience, energy and most important they are HONEST! To make a long story short; I was arrested while studying at the University of Miami (yr. 2000 - 17 years ago with no prior criminal history before or after this incident) and due to poor and negligent representation by a previous Attorney (Brad Alexander/Miami, Fl) who was found negligent and disbarred for negligence to a permanent resident like myself/ Alexander had his client plea guilty which hindered his immigration status). I pleaded guilty to a charge in which immediately hindered my immigration status and changed my status to deportable under immigration law. 15 years had passed since my only arrest in Miami and like anyone I tried to forget and move on. I worked hard and created a productive life. I served our country at a time of war (United States Navy - after Sept. 11, 2001. I met and married my wife while stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hi. We were blessed and had 2 children. While traveling on business and trying to return to United States of America; I was stopped and held in detention (George Bush - Houston Detention Facility) due to the arrest that happened while I was a student at the University of Miami. Now Customs/Department of Homeland Defense were telling me I would have to see an immmigration judge. WOW! Can you believe a VETERAN who served at a time of war was being held captive in his own country??? Yeah... Me and my family and friends were also confused and scared! How, why, who could allow this to happen? Thanks be to GOD I researched and found the Law Offices of HAGER & SCHWARTZ. Mr. Schwartz made ONLY one promise; He would give me 100%. Mr. Schwartz was very clear and informative from the start. No hidden agenda or prolonged game plan to rake money from the person/client in a jam. Mr. Schwartz worked on the other side of the table so he is well aware of the approach from the District Attorney and prosecutors. My story ends with REDEMPTION! All GLORY TO JESUS! Mr. Schwartz and his Team were professional and persistent. The judge VACATED my charge due to my productivity and allegiance to our great country. I will never have the capacity to repay or thank this amazing Team for what they have done for me and my family. All I can do is pray and offer my story in hopes someone in a similar position will reach out to HAGER & SCHWARTZ and receive the best representation available in MIAMI, FL. May GOD BLESS HAGER & SCHWARTZ. Sincerely, Hugo - VETERAN “Strongest Navy In The World”
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Posted by Jason | December 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
I was very happy with Brett's professionalism and communication. I was always confident that he was on the case. He took care of everything and was able to save me from a lot of travel expenses. Very pleased with the outcome of my case. I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Makes lemonade of out stress-inducing lemons
Brett Schwartz is a super star! He is incredibly knowledgable and gives sound advice during what is most likely a stressful time in your life. He is a business person who understands the law and the politics of the system in order to guide you in the safest and most effective manner. You can expect him to be responsive, quick-thinking, a problem solver and someone who truly has YOUR best interests at heart. He is also a genuinely caring person who is sensitive to your case and the stress it may cause. He goes above any beyond to ensure you are well taken care of. His assistant, Thuy, is also incredibly responsive and goes above and beyond. I hope I don't require a lawyer again...but I would go back to Brett without blinking.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best through hard times
Thanks to Mr. Schwartz. I was very pleased with the service and staff. The firm, the entire staff were very supportive and got me through the most difficult time of my life. Even with the hurricane Irma, Mr. Schwartz made things turn out great. He was able to get all my cases dismissed and bench warrants vacated. I can not thank you enough. Especially your assistant Thuy. She was very supportive and helpful throughout the entire situation. Highly recommended team....
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Posted by Dan | September 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I was very satisfied with the services received from Mr. Schwartz. He truly cares about his client and is brilliant in the courtroom. I had a great result because of his expertise and how well he is connected to other lawyers in the system. Thank you!
Posted by Maribel Kaminski | July 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ten-Year old case RESOLVED
I have no words to express my gratitude for Mr. Schwartz's help in successfully handling a case that dated back almost ten years. His professionalism, consistency and attention to detail are exceptional and his knowledge in his area of expertise is second to none! Thank You!!!!
Posted by Marie | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
There are no words to properly express our heartfelt gratitude to Brett and the entire firm for the level of expertise and professionalism we were given as I helped a family member get through a critical time. We had already spent six weeks getting the runaround from another firm when I finally gave up and called Hager and Schwartz. Within hours we had a plan of action, and any time we had questions Brett immediately returned calls, emails and texts...which is almost unheard of in this industry! I would gladly use him again!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This lawyer helps aliviate the fear of being a criminal defendant.
There are not enough positive things I can say about Attorney Brett Schwartz and his stellar representation of a member of my family. I am an attorney myself and was frightened when a close family member was charged, and overcharged, with multiple criminal offenses. They were not blameless, but the charges if left undefended could have let to massive fines and even incarceration, for someone with no serious criminal convictions. We called Attorney Schwartz in what I would say was a state of panic, and fear, and by the end of a 10 minute phone call his words “I can help” were what we needed to hear and in fact, completely true, as the case ended with no convictions, no jail time, no fines, and only a probationary period. His decades of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, give him experience and knowledge of the criminal court system that cannot be duplicated, and help the firm to achieve the best possible results. Not only did Brett Schwartz go above and beyond his obligations to attend to our case, he was available literally 24/7 for any and all questions and concerns, explained the plan and what we had to do on our end, and followed through every step of the way to achieve what he had informed us was possible for these charges. In addition his staff were helpful, friendly, and copied us on things like answers and filings, so we were always up to date on the status of things, and not fearful of what was going on. When you are going through something as scary as the criminal justice system, the humanity of dealing with such a caring and competent law firm is invaluable. I would highly recommend the office of Hager and Schwartz in the future for anyone needed legal assistance in Florida. They were excellent.
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Posted by Bob in Miami | March 9, 2017
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A lifesaver, way more than a lawyer
Brett literally saved and changed my son's life..If I didnt call him, and his partner John didnt pick up that phone that morning, my son would be still in jail and looking at his life as we know it being over. Dont even think of using any other lawyer for a criminal offense.
Posted by Beverley | November 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A dream defense, a winning attorney and a prosecution turned upside down. Case dismissed.
We hired Brett Schwartz to defend my son who was facing false but extremely serious allegations of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and a protective order against his eight year old son. He had overcome all odds of winning a military Court Marshall and now faced a civil proceeding where the odds were stacked against him once again. He was living a nightmare and faced a future where he would not be able to contact his son for over ten years. His life, his career, his whole world was falling apart. We needed an attorney who would fight for him, believe in him and go above and beyond the call of duty to represent him and win. We found Brett Schwartz and we are eternally grateful. After 14 months of hell and uncertainty in a case that was supposed to last an afternoon and ended up lasting three days, Mr. Schwartz achieved the unbelievable outcome. He completely discredited all the lies and false accusations resulting in the judge admonishing his accuser on her untrue testimony and lack of credibility and the case was dismissed. He won for my son and our family. Brett truly believed in my son and defended him to the very end. His strategic cross examination of my son's accuser, his wife, exposed lies, collusion, and witnesses who could not be believed. He totally turned the tables in the courtroom, the prosecution was in disarray and disbelief. His confidence, his refusal to give up or give in, his positive approach, his compassion, fighting spirit and professionalism make him an outstanding attorney and the only choice anyone should make if you are looking to win your case. We highly recommend Brett Schwartz. He won against all odds. We are so thankful that we found you Brett, We know you will face many more tough cases, yet we are so confident that you will continue to win like you did for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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Posted by Zane Josi | November 29, 2016
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Best Civilian lawyer ever!
On 21 September 2015 I was arrested and thrown into a military prison. I was falsely accused of rape and domestic violence by my wife. I had been married for 8 years and was in the United States Coast Guard. I hired Mr. Brett Schwartz to defend or litigate a civil injunction/retraining order that my wife filed with the county. My wife stated that I was dangerous and abusive to her and my son. I highly recommend, Mr. Schwartz as he is very professional, genuine, and honest and will work diligently to litigate your case, quickly and efficiently with the best possible outcome. After spending 10 months in pre-trial confinement, I was found not guilty of rape and domestic violence by a military jury panel. I was returned back to service with the Untitled States Coast Guard. While I was in pre-trial confinement waiting for my federal criminal trial, Mr. Schwartz extended my civil injunction/hearing on more than 4 occasions until I was free form confinement. On 16 November during a 20 hour civil hearing, in Miami Fl, Mr. Brett Schwartz was able to litigate in front of a female Judge that my wife was a liar, vindictive, manipulative and a narcissistic person willing to do anything to put her husband in jail. Mr. Schwartz’s knowledge of the law and courtroom tactics was quite evident as he made relevant and aggressive objections to the opposing council on numerous occasions. His cross examination technique is impeccable and he was able to impeach my wife on multiple occasions. Brett Schwartz is without a doubt the best civilian lawyer money can buy and is an amazing speaker. Mr. Schwartz is a great “General” and will lead you into battle in the courtroom with honor and integrity and will give you his all. Mr. Schwartz was able to lead me to victory that day and the permanent injunction was denied by the Judge and she dismissed the case in my favor. Trust Mr. Schwartz to lead you to victory. Mr. Schwartz had the utmost respect, professionalism and trustworthiness during my court proceedings. He kept me very informed and genuinely cared about my case which made me feel safe with my decision to hire him. He is worth every dime I paid.
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyers in town
Took care of everything in a timely manner. When I had a question it was answered extremely fast. Attended court for me each time I only had to go once. Extremely knowledgeable of the law but most importantly very down to earth and a great guy. Told me and guided me each step of the way and got sentence and probation reduced. I would recommend Brett to anyone.
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Posted by Andrea | October 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
I hired Attorney Brett Schwartz and I am beyond pleased with my experience. It was a scary ride for me however he was able to keep me calm and explain how the process works and kept me updated consistently. If i had any questions regarding the case I could easily call, text, or e-mail and he would always respond in a timely manner. He was confident that he could handle the case and therefore he did! The case got dismissed and therefore he did exactly what I hired him to do. Also, he helped immensely by allowing me to pay him by payments which made it much easier for me. He certainly knows what he is doing. I would highly recommend him 10 stars!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hager & Schwartz, PA
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate
  • Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans, Abel, Lurvey, Morrow & Schefer, PA
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 1998 - 2001

Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • law
  • N/A
  • University of Miami
  • Bachelors
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Robbery by Sudden Snatching/Resisting without Violence
  • CASE DROPPED

Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Shaken Baby Alliance
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012

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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Professional through and through. Very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Brett on a number of sensitive cases involving an overlap of criminal and immigration issues. Through Brett's hard work and strong representation of our mutual clients, he is able to expertly handle the criminal case to avoid deportation in many of our cases. I would highly recommend Brett."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is a bright and thorough lawyer who really cares about his clients interests. He also has legal pedigree as his father was a respected judge in Miami for many years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brett. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found Brett to be a competent attorney who diligently represents his clients. I would recommend this attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brett is an excellent criminal defense attorney and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a top criminal defense attorney in South Florida."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a skilled trial attorney with great experience in criminal and DV cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Exceptional trial skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable about the law, is a former prosecutor and has exceptional trial skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I find that Brett does a wonderful job representing clients I have sent to him over the years in Criminal Defense matters and I am always happy to refer a client to him because I know he will do a great job. It is my pleasure to endorse this attorney for his professionalism and ethics in his practice."
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