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Andrew Schwarz

Family Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Complete family law practice including full litigation practice Plus all inovative alternative dispute methods to best serve our clients' needs.

  2. Criminal defense

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Business Litigation. Representing individuals agains corporations, insurance companies, and the government.

Nobody wants to have to hire a lawyer, but when you do, do it well. Money spent now on high quality legal help may prevent lots of heart ache later. When serious matters arise, you want to be able to say, "No matter what the outcome, I gave it everything I had to give." Call our office for a free consultation. Willie Williams will greet you and direct your call. We are here to serve your needs.


I have always fought for the underdog.  I fight for good people who are accused of having done something wrong.  I don't judge my clients, I listen to what they have to tell me.  

I keep my clients informed and explain what I am doing.  I work hard to find the weaknesses in the government's position and to present the strengths in ours.  We don't always win, nobody does, but my clients know that they fought hard with top quality advocacy from a dedicated professional. 

I also represent innocent victims of negligence.  I have secured monetary settlements and jury awards for the victims of police shootings, school negligence, and governmental abuse.  I represent people against insurance companies.  I stand with those who feel they don't have a chance against governments and companies that think they call all the shots.    

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SUITE 1225
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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Posted by Andrea | November 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
We had a dispute with a government entity and Andy helped us navigate the system and right our dispute. He was compassionate, professional and educational. I highly recommend Andy and his services.
Posted by Christopher | September 28, 2014
Outstanding advocate
I would and will have Andrew as my advocate any time. He handled my difficult case with honesty, professionalism and integrity. Andrew did EVERYTHING he could to keep my case from going to trial. When it became unavoidable, he was outstanding in front of the judge. Straight foreword, and with poise. In the end, Andy's hard work was instrumental in me receiving custody of my kids for near fifty percent of the time. Andrew included me in the process from beginning to end. I made all the decisions with him guiding me, and answering every question I had. I truly felt as if I was a part of my case, not just a guy left twisting in the wind, whilst the lawyers made all the decisions. Andrew was always available, and treated me more than just a client, and that made me feel comfortable and valued. This process was stressful and painful. It was made easier by Andrew's legal ability and the fact that he actually cared about my girls and I. I whole heartedly recommend Andrew as a legal representative.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2012
Spectacular - prepared, attentive intelligent.
I have worked with multiple representatives over the years. Mr. Schwarz is the best I have ever seen. His preparation and, use of case law and intellect really shined in the court room. I admire Mr. Schwarz and am thankful that lawyers like him exist.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2011
Family Law with grace, compassion and composure.
Mr. Schwarz has been an asset for our entire family. His timeliness, intellect and compassion have been invaluable. My children and I owe him much gratitude.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2008
Client Review
Andy is clearly an expert in ALL aspects of DUI defense in Washington state. My experience working with Andy was exception, given my circumstances. I cannot recommend highly enough. He's great! And clearly knows his business.


  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Schwarz~Garrison Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present
  • Instructor: Paralegal Certificate Program
  • University of Washington
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Principal
  • The Law Office of Andrew Schwarz
  • 1995 - 2011
  • Partner, Managing Partner
  • Kibort and Schwarz
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • Judge Marsha J. Pechman
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Staff Attorney
  • Seattle King County Public Defender Association
  • 1986 - 1991
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dunakin v. Rongren
  • Verdict for client $220,000
  • Rollins and Hendershott v. King County Metro
  • Jury Verdict for two Plaintiffs: $250,000


  • University of Washington, Certificate Paralegal Program
  • Instructor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Havurat Ee Shalom
  • President, Board member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, speaker
  • 1991 - Present
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • 2002 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Scholar Award
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • new issues in criminal defense
  • Territorial Jurisdiction and Arrest Powers in Washington
  • 2009
  • District Court Practice
  • Car Searches, Suppression of Evidence
  • 2007
  • Defending the Indefensible
  • Co-Chair
  • 2007
  • Family Law Current Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2005
  • Chelan Anual Conference
  • New Approaches to Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (7)
Endorse Andrew
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Schwarz. I have referred him several clients and they have always come away happy with his representation. Not only is he intelligent and experienced, but very intuitive."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Andrew for several years, and believe his approach to the practice of law to be exceptional. He believes in the autonomy of his clients; educating them on their choices and working with them to achieve their legal goals. He is intelligent, dedicated and determined. I whole heartedly endorse Mr. Schwarz’s work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Andrew Schwarz is a brilliant legal analyst and a first class lawyer. I know he has achieved great results for numerous clients in a number of criminal and personal injury matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrew for approximately 20 years. He is an outstanding attorney who is well-prepared, hard working, and aggressive. He is an attorney who will fight for his clients. I am happy to endorse him."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andy is a superb lawyer in every respect. He is a thorough and creative analyst of the law, and a tireless advocate for his clients. Additionally, he always shows great respect and compassion for his clients on a personal level."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have turned to Andrew for advice, especially in domestic violence cases, because I know he stays sharp on the law and has excellent judgment about how to use the law to help someone accused. I have referred him cases and have heard later from the clients I referred that he gave them just the help they needed."
White collar crime Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I refer to Andrew and have been very impressed with his legal knowledge. His is a devoted and creative advocate. I respect his ability to help solve complex legal problems in areas of criminal law and its relationship to health care in particular."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Schwarz is an exceptionally smart and experienced attorney. He is dedicated to his clients and works hard to get great results for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Andrew's work both as a professional and friend for over two decades. When I was in an auto accident several years ago and needed legal representation he was my first and obvious choice. He did a fantastic job in making sure I recieved a prompt and fair settlement. I also consider Andrew to be one of the smartest people I know. His quick intellect allows him to quickly determine the best approach to any given legal issue or strategy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a superb professional. He has a fine legal mind and the courtroom skills to use that knowledge for his client's benefit. He is imaginative in seeking solutions to client problems. People I have referred to him have been uniformly happy with the case outcome and their interactions with Mr. Schwarz."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Andrew is a creative and effective advocate with a strong sense of justice. I would hire him in a heartbeat for my own legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Schwarz is a superb attorney and a dedicated advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew Schwarz is an exceptionaly talented lawyer. He is smart, caring, and creative. I have worked with Andrew on several matters, and his knowledge and dedication to his clients is extraordinary. It is always a pleasure working with him, and his clients are fortunate to have him fighting for their rights."
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