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Schwartz, Kevin S.
Partner, Litigation
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  • Harvard University, B.A. 2001, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Oxford University, M.B.A. 2002, Marshall Scholar
  • Oxford University, Ph.D. 2006
  • Yale Law School, J.D. 2006


  • Honorable Guido Calabresi United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court of the United States

Kevin S. Schwartz is a partner in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  His practice includes complex corporate, commercial, and securities litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as a variety of regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Schwartz has worked on a number of the firm’s high-profile matters, including mergers-and-acquisitions litigation in the courts of Delaware and other complex litigation in courts around the country.  Mr. Schwartz was on the trial counsel team in the successful and pathbreaking litigation effort, on behalf of Vulcan Materials Company, to obtain a court order enjoining an attempted hostile takeover by an industry rival; he worked on the appeal in Delaware Supreme Court that resulted in the expedited reversal of a lower court injunction blocking Activision Blizzard’s $8 billion stock repurchase; and he has represented a variety of other household-name corporations, such as eBay and The J.M. Smucker Company.  Mr. Schwartz has also served as trial counsel in landmark commercial arbitration proceedings, and he represented several of the nation’s leading financial institutions in the resolution of federal regulatory investigations arising out of the financial crisis of 2008.

In addition, Mr. Schwartz has worked on a number of pro bono matters important to New York State.  As part of the team led by former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, Mr. Schwartz represented the New York State Judiciary in historic constitutional litigation over the State of New York’s extended failure to adjust judicial salaries.  He also represented the Partnership for New York City and the Bar Association of the City of New York as amici curiae in landmark cases in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.  On a special task force created by the Chief Judge of New York, Mr. Schwartz served as advisor to task force co-chairs Judith Kaye, the former Chief Judge of New York, and Martin Lipton, to reform the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court.  Mr. Schwartz was also a Rockefeller Fellow for the Partnership for New York City, and he is now a legal advisor to the Partnership Innovation Council, a panel of business leaders committed to ensuring that New York’s legal and regulatory environment keeps pace with the technological revolution transforming business and the economy.

Mr. Schwartz currently serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the NY City Bar Association, a committee that has been in existence for more than 140 years since the City Bar was founded in response to growing public concern over corruption in the NYC justice system.  In this role, he leads a committee of 50 lawyers from across the City in reviewing and interviewing every judicial nominee for all state and federal courts based in NYC, as well as candidates for District Attorney in the five boroughs and nominees for US Attorney for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Mr. Schwartz also serves on the Council on Judicial Administration, which coordinates the work of the City Bar committees addressing issues that concern the state and federal courts.  He previously served as secretary of both the Judiciary Committee and the Council on Criminal Justice.

Mr. Schwartz received his B.A. from Harvard College and was awarded the Sophia Freund Prize as the top-ranked summa cum laude graduate.  He earned his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and was a Lecturer on the Political Science Department Faculty of Yale University.  Mr. Schwartz served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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