Newton B. Schwartz, Sr.;
Houston, Texas Office

Experience and Background

Newton B. Schwartz, Sr. is the owner of the Law Offices of Newton B. Schwartz, Sr. During his legal career (which spans over fifty years), he has successfully represented clients in a variety of litigation matters including:

  • aviation cases;
  • admiralty cases;
  • antitrust litigation;
  • automobile collisions and product liability;
  • criminal cases filed in federal court;
  • intellectual properties disputes;
  • patent applications; and
  • toxic tort litigation.

Mr. Schwartz was born in Houston, Texas on May 1, 1930. In 1952, he was awarded his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1954. After graduating from law school, Mr. Schwartz first served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Texas and then, in 1955, joined the Judge Advocate General's Corps (United States Air Force). He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1957 and returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas. After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1959, Mr. Schwartz started his own law practice.

Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Texas State Bar. He is admitted to practice before the federal courts in Texas, the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

Representative reported cases include:

  • Mandell & Wright v. Enola M. Thomas, 441 S.W. 841 (Tex. 1969)
    The Texas Supreme Court decided entitlement to full contractual legal fees if an attorney is discharged without good cause.
  • Dunbar Medical Systems, Inc. v. Gammex, Inc., 216 F. 3d 441 (5th Cir. 2000)
    The Fifth Circuit affirmed a ruling entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas which granted judgment on Plaintiff's fraudulent inducement claim (for damages of $150,000 in benefit of the bargain and $300,000 in punitive damages); reforming the judgment to the extent that the plaintiff was entitled to pre-judgment interest at the rate of 10 percent per annum assessed on the compensatory damages portion of its award.
  • In re Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation, 818 F. 2d 145 (2nd Cir. 1987), cert. denied, 484 U.S. 1004 (1988)
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on: (1) the scope of the jurisdiction of federal courts in multi-district litigation involving Agent Orange class action allegations; (2) issues central to the certification of class actions; and (3) the approval of a settlement of an Agent Orange class action. This decision resulted in the successful certification of a class of servicemen and their relatives who were exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam and the approval of a 180 million dollar settlement.

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