Jonathan Schwartz was a Maricopa County Superior Court judge for 16 years before retiring in 2007, presiding in civil, criminal, family and juvenile cases. He specializes in private mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation and special master work through Schwartz Mediation. He also serves as a pro tem judge in Superior Court, conducting criminal settlement conferences, and is a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court in attorney disciplinary matters. Judge Schwartz teaches Lawyering: Theory and Practice at the College of Law.
Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Schwartz was Chief Counsel of the Arizona Attorney General’s Liability Defense Division from 1986-91. From 1984-86, he was an Assistant Chief Counsel in the Civil Division of the AG’s Office, and from 1979-84, he was a prosecutor of white collar and organized crime in the Special Prosecutions and Organized Crime Divisions of the AG’s Office. He also was a partner in the law firm of Logan and Aguirre, and he is a former deputy Maricopa County Public Defender.
Judge Schwartz is a member of the Pennsylvania and Arizona bars. In 1993, he received the State Bar of Arizona’s Professionalism Award.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School