Victor E. Schwartz

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Victor Schwartz

Victor Schwartz is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Kansas City-based law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. He chairs the firm’s Public Policy Group, which seeks to be the vanguard of developing public policy issues that will help improve the civil justice system. 

Mr. Schwartz has been an advisor for each of the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Restatement (Third) of Torts projects: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, and Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm. He is a life member of the ALI. 

Prior to entering the full time practice of law, Mr. Schwartz was a professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He currently serves on the College’s Board of Visitors. In 2012, the College established the Professor Victor E. Schwartz Chair in Tort Law. 

Mr. Schwartz served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as chair of the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Product Liability, and the Federal Inter-Agency Council on Insurance. He was the principal author of the Uniform Product Liability Act and the Federal Risk Retention Act. He received the Secretary of Commerce’s Award for Professional Excellence. 

Mr. Schwartz is co-author of the most widely used torts casebook in the United States, Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts (13th ed. 2015). He is also author of the leading text Comparative Negligence (5th ed. 2010). 

Mr. Schwartz has additionally authored over 200 legal publications, which have analyzed almost every major subject of modern tort and civil justice public policy. His articles are frequently cited by both state and federal courts. 

Mr. Schwartz has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He has also appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, and other leading news programs. 

The Legal Times of Washington named Mr. Schwartz one of Washington’s Top 30 “Visionary” lawyers. In 2013, The National Law Journal named Mr. Schwartz one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. 

Mr. Schwartz obtained his B.A. summa cum laude from Boston University and J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the bars of New York, Ohio, and the District of Columbia.

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Publications and Multimedia
ALI Civil Justice Update - Podcast
Litigation & Professional Responsibilities & Legal Education Practice Group Podcast
August 10, 2017
"Deep Pocket Jurisprudence™" and Meaningful Civil Justice Reform - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
March 28, 2017
Is Overlawyering Overtaking Democracy? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
Firearms Litigation, Tort Liability, and the Second Amendment - A Symposium
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000