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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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
  2. Juvenile: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
  4. Divorce: 25%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

36 total 

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    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.


    David Chianello
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Marisol Andrea Haro

    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.


    Marisol Haro Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz

6877 Magnolia Avenue.
Riverside, CA, 92506


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10.0 RatingAvvo2015
Woman of Distinction - Outstanding Leaders of the Inland EmpireInland Empire Magazine2015
Superb Attorney RatingAvvo2014
Top Attorney in Criminal Defense AwardAvvo2014
Top Attorney in Family Law AwardAvvo2014
9.5 RatingAvvo2014
Top AttorneyInland Empire Magazine2014
4 1/2 star client ratingAvvo2014
9.3 ratingAvvo2014
Client's choice recognition awardAvvo2014
Woman of Distinction - Outstanding Women of the Inland EmpireInland Empire Magazine2014
Top LawyerInland Empire Magazine2013
Featured AttorneyYourVilla Magazine2013
Board of Directors AwardSoroptimist International of Riverside2011
Certificiate of Completion - GraduateLeadership Riverside2010
Juris DoctorateThomas Jefferson School of Law1991
American Jurisprudence AwardJuvenile Law1990
American Jurisprudence AwardUCC1990
American Jurisprudence AwardCriminal Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz2011 - Present
AttorneyRiverside Criminal Defense Panel2012 - 2013
AttorneyBlumenthal Law Offices2007 - 2011
Supervising Deputy Public DefenderLaw Offices Of The Public Defender, County Of Riverside2001 - 2007
Public DefenderThe Law Offices Of The Public Defender Of Riverside County1994 - 2001
AttorneyJuvenile Defense Panel1992 - 1994
AttorneyLaw Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz1991 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Operation SafeHouseBoard Member2013 - Present
Women's Legal Center, Riverside CAPresident2012 - Present
Soroptomist International of RiversideBoard Member2012 - Present
AvvoMember2012 - Present
Thomas Jefferson School of LawAlumni1991 - Present
Riverside Chambers of CommerceMemberN/A
Voices for the ChildrenAdvocateN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Riverside County Anti-Human Sex Trafficking Task ForcePro Bono AttorneyN/A
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Riverside County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Leadership RiversideGraduate2010 - 2010
American Inns of CourtBoard Member2006 - 2007
Juvenile Justice Commission of CaliforniaBoard Member2006 - 2007
Paloma Valley High School Mock TrialMock Trial Attorney Coach1999 - 2001
International Law SocietyPresident1990 - 1991
PALS - Parents Attending Law SchoolPresident1988 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Child custody and visitation caseOpposing counsel's motion denied.
Riverside criminal defense caseNot guilty on all counts.
Riverside drug possession caseAll charges dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Philadelphia Christian CollegeSociologyBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AVID ProgramCriminal Law Procedures2015
Corona High SchoolJuveniles Being Prosecuted as Adults2014
Paloma Valley High SchoolAttorneys of Tomorrow2000