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Mr. Schwartzbach, a trial lawyer for over 45 years, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Super Lawyers and the Marquis publications Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

Mr. Schwartzbach is a recipient of the Skip Glenn Award, presented for outstanding service in defense of a client by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a statewide organization of over 2,000 criminal defense attorneys. Mr. Schwartzbach has also been a recipient of Outstanding Service Award, of the Northern California Innocence Project.  In addition, Mr. Schwartzbach was named Distinguished Advocate by the Advisory Board of the Heafey Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law, an honor shared with, among others, Richard Racehorse Haynes, Shirley Hufstedler, Albert Kreiger, Stephen Bright, Charles Ogletree, Barry Scheck, and Johnnie Cochran. 

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Schwartzbach has lectured extensively on a variety of subjects related to trial practice and the criminal justice system. He has spoken to numerous audiences at seminars and meetings.

Mr. Schwartzbach has also testified in capital murder habeas corpus proceedings as an expert on the competence of counsel, and has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations.

Mr. Schwartzbach is the author of Leaning on the Arc, A Personal History of Criminal Defense, scheduled for publication on March 16, 2016, by Ankerwycke Books, a publishing arm of the American Bar Association.  Ankerwycke has described Leaning on the Arc as a memoir that details “the author's illustrious career that run the gamut from murder to malpractice, sexual assault to domestic abuse, from protecting the right of dissent to advocating expanded rights for defendants. Schwartzbach stands at the intersection of some of the key issues of our time and demonstrates how true justice can only happen when we refuse to objectify the defendant, whoever he or she may be, whatever his or her alleged crime.”


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
  2. Litigation: 20%


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Contact info

Law Offices of M. Gerald Schwartzbach, P.C.

655 Redwood Highway.
Suite 277
Mill Valley, CA, 94941


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2015
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who in the World2015
Distinguished AdvocateHeafey Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law2009
Skip Glenn AwardCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentLaw Offices of M. Gerald Schwartzbach, PC1969 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of DirectorsN/A
Bar Association of San FranciscoChairmanN/A
Bar Association of San FranciscoMemberN/A
National Lawyers GuildMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
Northern California Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Marin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Defense AttorneyAcquittal
Defense AttorneyAcquittal
Defense AttorneyAcquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ankerwycke BooksLeaning on the Arc2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
Washington and Jefferson CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1966