Ed focuses his practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against lawyers, physicians, nurses and real estate brokers in a variety of professional liability matters. He has developed an extensive trial and appellate practice, serving as first chair in some 30 trials and has represented clients in dozens of mediations. In addition, Ed has handled complex matters involving civil RICO, Stark Law litigation and compliance issues dealing with health care finance regulations. Ed has also been engaged in IRS litigation, representing tax payers before various taxing authorities, and is admitted before the U.S. Tax Court.
Early in his legal career, Ed developed a strong background in legal research, and he continues to write and/or assist in the writing of his own appellate briefs. His early experience contributed to his subsequent involvement in various national class actions for several firms in Texas and Florida. As well, Ed contributed to the research and drafting of an article that appeared in the Vol. 5, No. 1 (1995) newsletter of the ABA's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee.
Ed is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's sub-committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics. He is frequently asked to serve as a speaker on professional ethics and malpractice avoidance at both state and county bar association functions, and he as served as a moderator and presenter at more than a dozen professional liability seminars. The focus of Ed's seminars discuss issues of professional malpractice avoidance, risk assessment, mitigation and best practices.
In addition to his involvement with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Ed is also a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He conducts seminars and educational programs for numerous professional liability insurers, throughout central Pennsylvania and at their offices, nationwide.
Ed is honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a commissioned officer and trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He received several acknowledgments and awards for his research and analysis on biochemical terrorist response and vaccination protocols for personnel of the armed forces.
In 2005 and 2006, Ed was recognized as a Rising Star in the Super Lawyers advertising supplement of Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the central Pennsylvania region.
When not practicing law, Ed is involved in many community activities, including youth athletic programs. He is deeply committed to the Penn State Four Diamonds campaign as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society wherein he was recognized as a member of the MS Leadership Class of 2006. He also serves the United Way Capitol Region.
Honors & Awards
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2009, 2011-2012
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2005-2007
Year Joined Organization
•Current Issues in Legal Malpractice Litigation and Malpractice Avoidance, Cumberland County Bar Association, June 2013
•Legal Malpractice Primer, Professional Liability Defense Federation, September 2011
•Legal Malpractice Avoidance and Ethical Considerations in the Daily Practice of Law, Lancaster County Bench/Bar Conference, October 2010
•Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethic Complaints in Your Law Practice, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company In-House Seminar, October 2010
Brigid Alford and Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) were featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation
October 1, 2011
Brigid Alford and Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) were featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation in Chicago recently. The meeting was attended by both claims professionals and defense counsel from around the country. Brigid spoke on Professional...