Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz: Attorney with Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
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Matthew Schwartz is a partner in the firm’s Tampa office and practices in the areas of complex and commercial litigation. Mr. Schwartz represents attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, title agents and other professionals in malpractice suits. He also appears on behalf of financial institutions, registered representatives and investment advisors in securities disputes and regulatory investigations, and defends insurance companies in first party disputes. He practices on the defense of intellectual property claims (including Lanham Act and common law trademark and copyright infringement claims, unfair and deceptive trade practices claims, trademark counterfeiting, dilution and false origin, false advertising and related state and federal claims). Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience handling Errors and Omissions and Directors and Officers claims, including those brought against insurance brokers and agents.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mr. Schwartz earned his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University. While in law school, Mr. Schwartz was the Technical Editor and Associate Managing Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. Before joining Cole, Scott and Kissane, Mr. Schwartz worked as Government Affairs Counsel for the Financial Services Institute - a Washington, D.C. based financial services lobbying association; in-house corporate counsel for TransAmerica - an international financial services firm; and as staff attorney for the National Association of Securities Dealers (n/k/a FINRA) Office of Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Schwartz is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator, hearing officer appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, a FINRA Arbitrator, Co-Chairman of the Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group and member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Advisors, Inc. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association and Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.


The Efficacy of Securities Arbitration and Proposals for Change

Financial Regulation Since the 2008 Financial Crisis

FINRA Arbitration and Emerging Trends

Cyber Security - Under the Microscope of Regulators

(Resident, Tampa Office)

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Accountant's Malpractice
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and Financial
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Country Club, Condominium and Homeowners' Association Law
  • Cyber Risk and Privacy Liability
  • Directors and Officers
  • Employment and Labor
  • ERISA Litigation
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • First Party Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 864-9358  Phone
(813) 286-2900  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 569015, Miami, FL 33156
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S.
Law School Attended:
Nova Southeastern University, J.D., cum laude
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; Florida


•American Bar Association
•Hillsborough County Bar Association, Securities Litigation Section
•FINRA Arbitrator
•Bay Area Advisors, Board Member
•Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group, Co-Chairman


Peer Reviews

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Miami, Florida

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