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Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr.

Retired Partner, Litigation

Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr. retired from the Firm on December 31, 2001, and was named Senior Counsel in 2002.

Mr. Schwarz was born in New York. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1957 and an LL.B. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1960, where he was an Editor of the Law Review. After a one‑year clerkship with Hon. J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he worked for the Nigerian government for one year as Assistant Commissioner for Law Revision under a Ford Foundation grant. Mr. Schwarz joined Cravath in 1963 and became a partner in 1969. From 1975 to mid‑1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activity (the “Church Committee”) and, from 1982 to 1986, he served as Corporation Counsel and head of the Law Department of the City of New York. In 1989, he chaired the New York City Charter Revision Commission.

Mr. Schwarz is currently Chief Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

Mr. Schwarz may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1444 or by email at

Mr. Schwarz is admitted only in New York.

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