Michael A. Schwartz

Michael A. Schwartz

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4494    Fax: 215.981.4750

schwartzma@pepperlaw.com

Mr. Schwartz represents businesses and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities, government regulatory agencies and congressional committees. Mr. Schwartz also represents businesses and individuals who have been victims of crimes. For example, he has:

  • conducts internal investigations for and defends major pharmaceutical companies regarding sales and marketing practices, the conduct of clinical trials, good manufacturing practices, pricing, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other issues
  • conducted internal investigations for and defended major defense and other government contractors regarding pricing, False Claims Act, conflict of interest, and other allegations of improper conduct
  • represented of a subpoenaed reporter in the investigation and prosecution of former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane for leaking grand jury information
  • represented financial institutions regarding allegations of consumer and other fraud
  • represented companies in criminal antitrust investigations, involving allegations of price-fixing and government procurement fraud
  • represented companies and individuals under investigation for alleged corruption, mail/wire fraud, honest services fraud, disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud, insurance fraud, immigration fraud and criminal tax fraud
  • represented publically traded companies and law firms in response to federal and state grand jury investigations
  • represented hospitals/doctors in drug diversion investigations
  • represented colleges/universities and public schools in state/federal investigations and compliance issues involving grants, non-profits, charter schools, student/faculty/vendor conduct, and Clery Act (crime reporting)
  • conducted internal investigations for companies regarding alleged fraudulent billings/embezzlements
  • conducted internal investigations for companies regarding compliance with election, lobbying, and pay to play laws
  • represented an insurance company in state Attorney General consumer fraud investigation
  • represented individuals seeking amnesty through voluntary disclosures to the IRS of previously unreported foreign bank accounts and income
  • represented both victims of, and those charged with, computer intrusion
  • represented companies and individuals who were victims of crimes, including victims of Ponzi schemes, embezzlements and other frauds
  • represented newspaper and website owner, editors, reporter and cartoonist in defamation and false light invasion of privacy suit by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and his wife.  In the midst of discovery, the plaintiffs voluntarily discontinued the action without the payment of money by the defendants and the Supreme Court Justice resigned his position on the Court.
  • represented media companies in successful efforts to access documents relating to public corruption investigations
  • represented reporters subpoenaed to testify about their newsgathering
  • represented media companies and reporters at trials of defamation and invasion of privacy claims brought by public officials/figures and private individuals.

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1990, executive editor, Yale Law and Policy Review
  • B.A., Economics, Pennsylvania State University, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court

Clerkships

  • Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Practice Areas