Robert M. Schwartz


Born: New York, New York

Cornell University, B.A.
Cornell University Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice:
New York State 1977
U.S. District Court, New York 1978

Current Affiliations:
Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Association
Mid-Hudson Divorce and Family Mediation Center, Inc.
Association for Conflict Resolution

Robert Schwartz co-founded Lazar and Schwartz in 1984, with Kathryn Lazar, his law partner and wife. Robert graduated from Cornell University in 1972 where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1976, and was admitted to the New York State bar in 1977. Early in his career he served as law clerk in the Putnam County Family, County and Surrogate courts and as one of the first Child Support Hearing Examiners in the White Plains Family Court. He served as a Deputy County Attorney in Putnam County, specifically responsible for the establishment and the enforcement of child support and maintenance on behalf of the county. He has been in private practice for many years; his practice has encompassed family law, personal injury law, and criminal law in both the trial and appellate courts. Over the years he has lectured on various legal topics, including matrimonial law. He has been a mediator since 2002, and presently focuses his practice on divorce mediation.