Catherine A. Schwarz graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 1998, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law in 2001, where she was a member of both the Southern California Law Review and the Review of Law and Women’s Studies. She was the recipient of the James G. Holbrook Award, given each year to the student who has made the most significant contribution to the Southern California Law Review, as chosen by a faculty vote on recommendation of the Board of Editors.
In preparation for her move to Washington DC, during her third year Catherine studied at the Georgetown University Law Center, while also working for Foley & Lardner LLP.
After graduation, Catherine continued practicing with Foley, focusing on commercial litigation, securities litigation and antitrust law. Catherine worked on all aspects of litigation and government investigations, drafting dispositive motions, responding to discovery requests, conducting legal research, and analyzing key litigation documents using various electronic databases. In addition, Catherine compiled and filed Hart-Scott-Rodino notification and report forms, and assisted in preparing clients for their discussions with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.
Catherine also dedicated many pro bono hours assisting in the appeal of an inmate on Alabama’s death row. She attended hearings and client meetings, and conducted interviews relating to the case.
After taking time off to start her family, Catherine became a freelance attorney with Montage Legal Group in 2012. She is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC and California.
In addition to practicing law and spending time with her family, Catherine enjoys being a Council Partner to Save the Children, an organization dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of needy children in the United States and around the world. She also conducts alumni admission interviews for students applying to Middlebury College.