Just in his mid-40s and entering the prime of his career, Brian Schwartz has established himself as one of the leading divorce attorneys in Northern New Jersey. Over the last two decades Schwartz has worked with some of the top family lawyers in the state, and today - he launched his own practice, based in Summit, in 2011 - he already has earned a place among the state's leading and best-known independent practitioners. He's well known among peers, judges and more senior lawyers, a high-energy and intellectually curious lawyer with a natural confidence borne of knowing he works tirelessly and thoroughly for clients. Formerly affiliated with Ceconi & Cheifetz, and Skoloff & Wolfe, two of the most prestigious matrimonial firms in New Jersey, Schwartz has always taken on tough cases; other lawyers say his high profile in New Jersey divorce law will only grow in the years ahead.
Growing up in Wayne, N.J., and the second of three competitive boys, Schwartz liked to win from an early age, playing baseball and soccer in his youth; he went on to The George Washington University and later University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His entry into matrimonial law was largely a function of seized opportunities: He was recruited by a Hackensack firm that focused on the field ("I decided early this was what I wanted to do"), and he later joined Gary Skoloff's well-known practice in Livingston. He left the Skoloff firm with partner Cary Chiefetz to help launch Ceconi & Cheifetz. In both places, Schwartz plunged into the law ("I argued a motion my first week") and benefited from many mentors along the way. Cheifetz, then at Skoloff, spotted Schwartz's talent as adversaries ("I was a real pain in the butt on a case with Cary"), and the early seeds of that Summit firm were sown; Schwartz was named a partner in just two years. Since then, Schwartz has kept building a reputation as a tough and aggressive courtroom presence ("I like to try cases and enjoy presenting matters to the court") and as an articulate voice of the matrimonial bar: He is currently slated to lead the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 2013 and is the Executive Editor of the high-profile publication, the New Jersey Family Lawyer.
Unlike some attorneys, Schwartz loves what he does, and he loves articulating the law as well, peers say. Ultra-busy, his firm is focused on all aspects of matrimonial law. Schwartz and his wife, Michelle (herself a successful public relations executive), have two young daughters, two dogs and two cats.