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Attorney Paul F.X. Schwartz has been practicing law since 1995. Prior to his law school graduation from UW Law School in 1995, he was a teacher for twenty years and the President of a teacher's union. Since 1995, Schwartz has been specializing in the areas of criminal law and labor law.


Attorney Schwartz has vigorously defended individuals charged with felony, misdemeanor, and probation revocation cases both on the state and federal levels. Additionally, he has worked vigorously on behalf of his clients in juvenile and mental commitment cases. In the area of labor law, he handles workers compensation, unemployment compensation, discrimination and contract cases. He has represented clients at numerous workers compensation and unemployment compensation hearings on both the employee and employer side. Currently, he represents the YWCA in the area of labor law. As the attorney for the YWCA, he has achieved eight outright dismissals of discrimination cases prior to hearing.


Schwartz is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, the Dane County Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL), and the Dane County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association. Schwartz is licensed to practice law in state courts in Wisconsin as well as the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin and the Northern District of Illinois on the federal level, and before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Schwartz was awarded the 2010 Dane County Pro Bono award for individual attorneys. In May 2013, Schwartz achieved not guilty verdicts on all 6 counts in a 1st degree intentional homicide case in Racine County. For that effort, Schwartz was awarded the Martin Hanson Advocate's Award by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, which is awarded to those attorneys who accomplish the rare and difficult task of winning a criminal homicide case.
In 2014, Schwartz was honored as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is an organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. This honor is obtained through a special invitation and is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Employment: 10%
    21 years, 500 cases
  3. Contracts: 5%
    21 years, 200 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • J Steven House

    I endorse this lawyer. I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on evidence and discovery issues in the context of a homicide case which attorney Schwartz took to trial and won this past year and was very impressed with his knowledge, work ethic and persistence in the face of adversity from all sides.


    J House Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Schwartz Law Office

6320 Monona Dr # 315
Madison, WI, 53716-3985


WIGood Standing199503/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Pro Bono Honor SocietyDane County Bar Association2016
2014 Pro Bono Honor SocietyDane County Bar Association2015
"Top 100 Trial Lawyers"The National Trial Lawyers2014
Martin Hanson Advocate Prize for homicide jury trial winWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
2010 Dane County Pro Bono individual attorney awardDane County Bar Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySchwartz Law Office1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1996 - 2014
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1995 - 2014
Dane County Bar AssociationMember1995 - 2014
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 2014
State Bar of WisconsinMember1995 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J. C.Case was dismissed.
State v. C. C.convicted of attempted 2nd degree intent. homicide
In the Interest of A.S.Not Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
UW-MilwaukeeEducational AdministrationMA - Masters1987
Catholic UniversityEnglishMA - Masters1980
Duquesne UniversityEnglish and EducationMAT1972
Mount St. Mary's CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DCCDAA monthly CLE meetingState v. Tarence Banks: Evidentiary Issues and Lessons Learned2013