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Philadelphia Attorney Receives National Award from FBI Agents Association


Pepper Hamilton Partner Michael Schwartz Honored for Defense of FBI Agents in Ongoing High-Profile Cases

In recognition of his work representing FBI agents in several prominent national investigations, Pepper Hamilton partner Michael A. Schwartz was honored on Sunday with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association Founders Award at a ceremony and dinner in Orlando, Fla. Mr. Schwartz was nominated by the Association’s Executive Board representing 9,800 active duty agents.

Mr. Schwartz represents, pro bono, the FBI agent who led the corruption investigation of the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). After the jury’s guilty verdict was vacated, a special prosecutor began investigating the conduct of the entire prosecution team based on allegations that the prosecutors and investigators committed misconduct during the investigation and trial.

Additionally, Mr. Schwartz represents several FBI agents and employees in connection with the Inspector General’s allegations of widespread cheating on the FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guidelines (DIOG) exam.

Michael A. Schwartz is a partner in the White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Schwartz focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense and counseling, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance programs, and First Amendment matters. He represents businesses and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities, government regulatory agencies, and congressional committees.

Before joining Pepper in 2008, Mr. Schwartz headed the Corruption, Civil Rights, Labor and Tax Fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He successfully prosecuted some of the region’s highest-profile corruption cases, including the electronic surveillance investigation during former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street’s administration and the corruption prosecutions of former City Treasurer Corey Kemp and former City Councilman Richard Mariano.