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Mr. Schwartz, an Arcata Attorney, a NORML lawyer and a federal district court defense attorney throughout California, Montana, and Illinois. He is former senior Humboldt County prosecutor who knows his opponents very well.  This is a key element to a good defense.  He also has over 20 years of federal and local criminal defense experience. As a Humboldt County marijuana defense attorney, Northern California Drug Lawyer, DUI Attorney, Child Molestation Attorney, Mendocino Child Abuse Lawyer and California Three Strikes Law expert, Mr. Schwartz is a formidable California Criminal Defense Lawyer. He has successfully defended hundreds of state and federal clients in his twenty plus years of service. If you have been accused of a crime in San Francisco or Northern California and in need of a good  Federal District Court and California Criminal Defense Attorney, you have definitely come to the right place.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Civil Rights: 10%
    32 years, 32 cases



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  • Rabin Nabizadeh

    Jeff Schwartz and I worked on a felony Marijuana cultivation case about a year ago. From the get go, Jeff proved to be a talented and relentless lawyer whose vast knowledge and fierce attitude were know to all including the judge, the District Attorney and the court staff. He represents people like he is inside a war trench with them, not looking from afar. I would highly recommend Jeff to ANYONE seeking a defense attorney.


    Rabin Nabizadeh Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven Michael Davidson

    My first job out of law school in the mid 90’s was as a staff attorney at a large criminal defense firm. Jeff Schwartz supervised me and 4 other criminal defense lawyers. At that time, Jeff was already well know for pioneering the “Battered Women's Defense” - winning an acquittal for a client in a high profile murder case. Jeff was a great mentor...very smart, experienced, completely devoted to his clients. Since Jeff moved his practice up to Humboldt/Arcada County he has helped several of my firm’s clients with serious drug cases. In one recent case involving several hundred pounds of marijuana. I was sure the client was going to federal prison and the only question was for how long. Jeff got the case dismissed with a successful suppression motion. I know Jeff Schwartz to be an outstanding criminal defense attorney and I highly recommend him.


    Steven Davidson DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

791 8th St Ste H
Arcata, CA, 95521


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office Jeffrey D. Schwartz1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Trial AttorneysTop 100 Trial Lawyer2013 - Present
Arcata School DistrictMember Board of Trustees2010 - Present
Humboldt Legal Defense FundFounding Member2010 - Present
National Lawyers Guild (San Francisco chapter)N/A1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1996 - Present
Machen CenterFounding Member of Board of Directors1996 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1990 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Schwartz on the Courts -- BlogPlay Fantasy Cops and Get Paid Too2013
Schwartz on the CourtsSearch Warrant Folly2011
Schwartz on the CourtsUp In Arms2011
Schwartz on the CourtsMoratorium on Marijuana2010
Schwartz on the CourtsMisplaced Marijuana Backlash2009
Schwartz on the CourtsMedical Marijuana: Police Stay Out of It2007
Fox NewsCapital Punishment2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationMasters of Science1989
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arcata City Council DebatesCity of ArcataN/A