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Catherine Ann Schwartz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Riverside, CA

4.3   55 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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Ms. Schwartz has been actively involved in the Riverside community. She is a current member Soroptimist international of Riverside, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, Smile Seekers, Voices for the Children and Volunteers in Parole.

She has been involved in the areas of family law and criminal defense for the past 20 years, bringing with her a vast working knowledge of the family, juvenile and criminal justice system.

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Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
Posted by Tazia | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Courteous, Professional, Knowledgeable, Compassionate - Unparalleled Experience in Riverside County
I came to this law firm distraught over a troubling custody battle I was attempting to handle myself unrepresented. It was truly one of the best decisions I made as I felt an immediate sense of relief, support and genuine kindness from Mrs. Schwartz, the partnering attorney's and her staff. She was very compassionate, direct and honest about her values and beliefs surrounding custody battles and her desire for the outcome to always be in the best interest of the children involved. Everyone I have had interactions with have shown extreme compassion and an unparalleled knowledge of Family Law. Christina and Brittany have been supportive, responsive, and very professional through this entire process. I could not have asked for a better support system and legal representation to make sure my voice was heard and the needs of my son were being put first in all of this. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you and your team has and continues to do for me and my son.
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Posted by April | June 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Class Act with Compassion
During the most absolute gut wrenching time of my life she handled my case with care, compassion, sympathy and knowledge of the law. Immediate comfort during our telephone consultation, well thought advice and a dedication to providing me the best possible outcome given my extreme circumstances regarding my divorce. All while trying to ensure my emotional well being during this difficult transitional time. I would highly recommend Catherine's expertise to anyone going through a legal, and emotional journey during divorce. Her staff is amazing, specifically Brittany Mason. There was not one email or phone call that was not answered. Brittany, your dedication, hard work, core concern just shines through in all you do! A sincere thank you from my heart. What an amazing lawyer and team!
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Posted by Hayley | May 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Professional and Proficient
Catherine is such a special person. I felt so much relief when I met her because she takes her job really seriously and is really talented. I was going through the most difficult time in my life and I am so thankful that I found Catherine to help me. She is so strong and confident. Not only does she want the best for you, but she works really hard for you. She handled my case with great care and because of that my life has changed drastically and it was all because of Catherine.
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Posted by Anthony | October 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knows the ropes
Hello Since 2012 I’ve been through 4 attorneys, since the consultation and hiring of Ms Catherine Schwartz and her office staff it’s been an “awakening” and eyebrow raising of many who looked into my case. She and her staff are affectionate and caring to my personal situation, divorce involving children. As intimate and emotional this may be, from the very first week of her acquisition, once to understanding , things started to change. The Court system moves slowly for a period of time for all to come to review and understanding. She is up front, warm and sincere. Defuses anything lit. She never stopped communication with me because she understands what’s going on, a true veteran of the court and well known within this community. Without hesitation, she is recommended by me. The gathering of information her office staff compiled, and , her pin points to accuracy. When our court date arrived, proper representation and presentation. Very professional. I received primary physical custody of all of my children. Here is the 6th star ⭐️ Ms Schwartz I can’t say enough about your office.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Like my daughter was her own
Ms. Schwartz and Jemina treated my daughter and my case as if it was their own. They fought hard for me AND WON. Ms. Schwartz encouraged me and advised me and kept me going when I felt I would crumble. I could not give Ms. Schwartz a higher recommendation. She treated me like family, and I feel she is now forever part of ours.
Posted by Kim | May 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, Honest, Caring
I contracted the law offices of Catherine A. Schwartz as I needed help in a domestic issue which was time sensitive. The attorney and paralegal who helped me in the firm were both professional and caring, and they were efficient and got the job done very quickly. I was well pleased with the manner in which my case was handled, and if needed again, I would absolutely use this lawfirm again! A+++ (Kim H.)
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Posted by Larry | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work!
Malvina and Brittany both did an excellent job handling my case. I had a difficult case that could have very well turned out unfavorable to me. Thanks to both Malvina and Brittany we were successful.
Posted by Stephanie | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made a very difficult time go very smoothly
All of the legal representatives were so helpful with great customer service. Lasandra made the experience less intense and put my mind at ease on more than one occasion. I am very pleased with the experience and feel blessed to have found this law office in a very low time in my life. Forever grateful!
Posted by Laura | January 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyers
I've worked with several different lawyers at this law firm due to my case taking almost three years to resolve. My ex-husband was very uncooperative and did everything he could drag out our case. Malvina, Catherine, Jeremy, and Lyssandra were great to work with. They were patient with my case. Every time I called to speak with Lyssandra (paralegal), she was very friendly and very knowledgeable! When it came to our trial, Malvina represented me very well! I swear she knew more about me than I did myself. She was very familiar with my case and very professional in court. When the judge gave the final ruling, I was awarded what I wanted plus more. The attorneys at Catherine A Schwartz Law Firm are wonderful people and I would hire them again in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Kathi | November 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding counsel.
Being arrested for a DUI and felony concealed carry was devastating. I had no experience with the court process or protocols. With less than a 24 hour notice, Catherine Schwartz arrived early to my court appearance, clearly explained the process that would unfold and explained details every step of the way. She and her office staff were remarkably professional and made a stressful situation manageable. The results of my case were much better than I anticipated. I strongly recommend this office and Catherine's services.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 6, 2015
Helpful and Supportive
I really want to thank Malvina and Shannon for their hard work, support, responsiveness, and understanding. A divorce is a difficult process, regardless, and they were there to listen to me and ensure that they understood my needs and requests. I truly appreciate their kindness.
Posted by Sharla | June 23, 2015
SP Family Law
This has been my first experience with a lawyer. I went in scared, anxious & uncertain. My first visit with Shannon was extremely comforting. She knew how nervous I was & took her time explaining what the process would be like. Catherine was the very same way! Both loving, caring women! Catherine made sure that I felt completely at ease with everything she was doing for me in my divorce proceeding, that in & of itself showed me how much she cares. Catherine & Shannon were very good at keeping me in the loop about what was going on, for that I am VERY grateful. My anxieties were lessened by their communications. Catherine & Shannon treated me with patience & kindness during times of breakdowns!!! I owe them my future & for that I am VERY VERY grateful!!! God placed these lovely ladies in my life when I needed them for sure! My mind is at peace & today I have a future that isn't quite so scary, thanks to Catherine & Shannon!
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Posted by Ronda D. | June 23, 2015
DG Family Law
Going though a divorce and searching for a lawyer. I came across Catherine A Schwartz. I was very nervous and confused with my surprise divorce, and didn't know what to do. They made me feel comfortable, and explained the process of the divorce very simple and easy to understand. And I want to give a big thanks to Malvina, Shannon, and Laloni, for making my transition to being single an easy one!
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Posted by C. | June 19, 2015
In appreciation......
Ms. Schwartz helped me tremendously during a difficult time. Her positive attitude and wise council helped relieve me of a great deal of anxiety. Beyond legal advice, the care Ms. Schwartz and her outstanding Paralegal Brittany showed, was very much appreciated.
Posted by Christina | May 30, 2015
From the first time I went in their office, I knew I made the right decision
I reviewed other family law offices before deciding on Catherine Ann Schwartz. From my first meeting in their office I knew I had made the right decision. I felt so safe and at peace with what they'd be helping me get through in my custody/move away case. They explained the legal process to me and showed genuine concerns on different outcomes heading into trial. My paralegal, Lyssandra, is knowledgeable and very personable. She has kept me informed on all developments and answered my questions promptly. My trial was emotional, sensitive and long. thanks to Attorney Michael Razo & Malvina Ovanezova, my children and I can move safely away to Hawaii. All we can feel is grateful and blessed. Thank you!
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Posted by MeganJSweet | March 30, 2015
Outstanding law firm
From the first phone call to file for a divorce with this law firm I was treated with respect and compassion. Shannon,Micheal and Catherine all worked very hard to keep me filled in during the process.Any questions or concerns were answered thruout the process in a very timely way and they did a great job in representing me.If ever in need of assistance in the future I would hire this firm immediately..Shannon,Micheal and Catherine are all great to work with
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Posted by Garrett | March 24, 2015
Beyond Grateful
My case was unusual as I reside in Nebraska and the case was in California. I had to have a lawyer that I could trust to take of the things that I could not from half way across the country. I had a poor experience with a different law firm and was wary when I went to hire new representation. After consulting with a few different lawyers I landed on Catherine A. Schwartz's firm. Michael Razo (the attorney I worked with) and Shannon Highfield (paralegal) were incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and passionate when it came to handling my case. The positive outcome of my case was the direct product of the fantastic job they did as my representation. They kept me informed about my case, made sure I maintained a positive outlook during a very stressful time, and handled the proceedings like true professionals. After the first day of my trial my family had to fly back to Nebraska and the next morning Catherine, Shannon and other people from the office came to the courthouse to show their support. I was moved by the incredibly kind gesture. Mike Razo and Shannon are the best in the business. If you're looking for representation, don't hesitate to give them a call. You won't be disappointed!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2015
Excellent attorney
Miss Schwartz team has done an excellent job helping and guiding me through my custody case. Couldn't have picked a better law firm to represent me in court.
Posted by robert | February 9, 2015
If you need help
If you need help she's the one to call ! she was always there or had someone available to talk to me always called right back to give me informed and protect me 100%. gave me good advice so I could make adequate decisions. she it is a no-nonsense lawyer tough as nails and Able to deal with the other lawyers that she comes up against with a firm hand. I would truly recommend this lawyer and if you're looking for help she's want to go to!!
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Posted by terry | February 4, 2015
The best decision I've ever made was to seek the help of Catherine Schwartz.
After trying to handle this myself and studying Family code, in mediation I felt railroaded and alone. My case involved a restraining order, in which Has ripped my son and I from each others lives. Almost a decade ago I retained Catherine Shwartz for a criminal matter with awesome results. It was a no brainer to seek her help. She and her staff not only did everything, to quickly prepare for my hearing, but Mr Razzo was brilliant In resolving every issue between both sides Brittany was awesome in all she did in preparing All paperwork with precision. I can't say enough to describe my gratefulness To the law office of Catherine Schwartz. It really was never about me...it has always been about justice for my 9.5 year old hero.... Today my son received justice... And we are now on the road to recovery.... Once I realized I needed help with my family law issues I found the law office of Catherine Schwartz
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Riverside Criminal Defense Panel
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Blumenthal Law Offices
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Supervising Deputy Public Defender
  • Law Offices Of The Public Defender, County Of Riverside
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Public Defender
  • The Law Offices Of The Public Defender Of Riverside County
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Juvenile Defense Panel
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz
  • 1991 - 1994
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Philadelphia Christian College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • Child custody and visitation case
  • Opposing counsel's motion denied.
  • Riverside sex offender case
  • Charges reduced to misdemeanor
  • Riverside jury trial - murder case.
  • Verdict of not guilty.
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Associations

  • Operation SafeHouse
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Soroptomist International of Riverside
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Avvo
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Women's Legal Center, Riverside CA
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Alumni
  • 1991 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Riverside County Anti-Human Sex Trafficking Task Force
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Voices for the Children
  • Advocate
  • N/A
  • Riverside Chambers of Commerce
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Leadership Riverside
  • Graduate
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Juvenile Justice Commission of California
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Inns of Court
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Paloma Valley High School Mock Trial
  • Mock Trial Attorney Coach
  • 1999 - 2001
  • International Law Society
  • President
  • 1990 - 1991
  • PALS - Parents Attending Law School
  • President
  • 1988 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Woman of Distinction - Outstanding Leaders of the Inland Empire
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney in Criminal Defense Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Superb Attorney Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney in Family Law Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 9.5 Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • 4 1/2 star client rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 9.3 rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's choice recognition award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Woman of Distinction - Outstanding Women of the Inland Empire
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • Featured Attorney
  • YourVilla Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2013
  • Board of Directors Award
  • Soroptimist International of Riverside
  • 2011
  • Certificiate of Completion - Graduate
  • Leadership Riverside
  • 2010
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Juvenile Law
  • 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • UCC
  • 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Criminal Law
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • AVID Program
  • Criminal Law Procedures
  • 2015
  • Corona High School
  • Juveniles Being Prosecuted as Adults
  • 2014
  • Paloma Valley High School
  • Attorneys of Tomorrow
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (37)
Given (51)
Endorse Catherine
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I’ve worked with Ms. Schwartz at the opposite end of counsel table for nearly six years . . . she’s a great attorney. Ms. Schwartz’s legal knowledge, modesty, and charm, coupled with her power of persuasion afford her the ability to connect with judges and juries alike. I have personally seen Ms. Schwartz win cases that others thought were unwinnable; I’ve heard jurors speak about her no-nonsense approach to the law and proving the elements in favor of her case; and I’ve talked with judges who gave glowing reviews of her presentation of evidence and closing arguments. If ever I need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, I would call Ms. Schwartz first without a doubt."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working with Cathy inside and outside of court. In all instances I have been impressed by her knowledge, professionalism, and expertise. She is a skilled litigator and astute advocate. She is extremely diligent, hard-working and committed; capable of tackling any issue and opposing counsel. In addition, she is a kind, warmhearted individual who truly cares about her clients and is willing to go the extra mile for them. Cathy’s staff is also deserving of praise. They are talented and professional, each with significant experience and wholly devoted to their clients and work. Cathy and her entire staff are an impressive group that any client would be fortunate to have on their side."
General practice Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine has a great reputation as a skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Quality representation and exceptional attentiveness to his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected by her peers and the legal community. Great asset to AVVO."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well regarded by both her clients and her peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer, I also give them 5 stars."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Catherine. Her approach to resolving a case was very no-nonsense and very compassionate. Yet her compassion did not cloud her judgment about the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Schwartz was a supervisor while I was at the Riverside County Public Defender's Office. This attorney brings passion in her representation of individuals accused of crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I make this endorsement because she is committed to your clients and her profession."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine is a well respected attorney in the community, straight forward and ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Schwartz spends a lot of time responding to questions posted on this website with informative and considerate answers which reflect a high degree of knowledge and expertise. She shows compassion and a willingness to help clients during difficult times. I endorse this lawyer."
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Riverside Divorce and separation Lawyer Catherine Ann Schwartz
Catherine Ann Schwartz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 31 years
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