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Max Schwartz’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, often involving financial products and services. He also counsels investment firms and other institutions seeking to enhance returns or recoup losses through securities and antitrust actions.


  • Argued cases that set important precedents for mortgage-backed securities trusts, including the obligation to enforce mortgage representations and warranties
  • Served as lead counsel in the recovery of $69 million for investors in Washington Mutual MBS. Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of the City of Chicago v. Bank of America, NA, No. 1:12-cv-2865 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Part of the team that secured a $590 million settlement based on evidence of anticompetitive conduct in several of the largest leveraged buyouts on record. Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC, No. 1:07-cv-12388 (D. Mass.)
  • Serves as lead counsel in a number of securities fraud actions, including against SanDisk, a manufacturer of flash storage devices, and RCS Capital, which supported public and private REITs
  • Represents a proposed nationwide class in an antitrust action involving LIBOR, one of the most ubiquitous interest rates in the world
  • Represents a proposed nationwide class in an antitrust action centered on ISDAfix, a financial benchmark tied to over $379 trillion of interest-rate swaps
  • Represents investors pursuing claims against mortgage servicers
  • Recovered $10 million in an action involving a pharmaceutical company and insider trading. Birmingham Retirement and Relief System v. S.A.C. Capital Advisers, LLC, No. 1:1-cv-2459 (S.D.N.Y)
  • Recovered $7.6 million in a securities action against an oil trust sponsor. In re Pacific Coast Oil Trust Securities Litigation, No. BC550418 (L.A. Cty. Cal. Super. Ct.)
  • Recovered $7.5 million in a securities action against a mobile security provider. In re MobileIron, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, No. 1-15-cv-284001 (Santa Clara Cty. Cal. Super. Ct.)
  • Recovered $6 million on behalf of Bear Stearns MBS investors. Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System v. U.S. Bank National Association, No. 1:11-cv-8066 (S.D.N.Y.)


  • New York University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Columbia University (B.A., cum laude)


  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers
  • The Legal Aid Society recognized Mr. Schwartz with a Pro Bono Service Award for work before the New York Court of Appeals