Paul F.X. Schwartz is recognized as one of the top attorneys in Madison WI,  receiving the distinction of Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Organization this year.

In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Martin Hanson Advocate Prize for a 1st degree homicide jury trial win (Read about the case here) awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL).

Paul has also received the Dane County Pro Bono Award for Individual Attorneys in 2010 awarded by the Dane County Bar Association for his work representing indigent clients in unemployment compensation cases on behalf of Legal Action of Wisconsin.

In addition to all Wisconsin State and Municipal Courts, Paul is licensed to practice in the following federal level courts: Western and Eastern District of Wisconsin,  Northern District of Illinois, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals


Here’s what others are saying about working with Paul F.X. Schwartz:


“Paul is someone known to those who care about justice. A superbly talented and thoughtful trial attorney, His accomplishments are spoken of in many a court house coffee shop throughout Wisconsin by defense lawyers, civil litigators and prosecutors. By far, he is one of the most gifted attorneys in the Wisconsin bar. Paul has saved many a client from a prison cell with quiet tenacity and a remarkable knowledge of the law. His abilities are the envy of his peers. If you are in a jam, Paul Schwartz is the lawyer to hire.”

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Edward J. “E.J.” Hunt

“Attorney Paul Schwartz is extremely knowledgeable, honest, and hard working. He has always given top notch advice and handled matters in an expeditious and professional manner. He continually provided updates and brought the case to a fair conclusion. I would HIGHLY recommend Attorney Schwartz!”

-Grateful Client


“Paul is truly dedicated and cares about his clients. He leaves no stone unturned when defending a client’s constitutional rights. His zealousness is inspirational. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul to a friend or family member in need.”

-Karyn MissimerKaryn

“Paul has been representing the YWCA Madison in employment and contract issues since about 1997. I came on board in 1998 as the CEO and immediately got to know Paul and I have worked with him ever since. He has been exemplary in his work for our association. He is through, he renders excellent advise and is extremely knowlegeable in employment law including UC and EEOC. He has represented us in a number of cases and with his help we have had exceptional success. He is someone that I can turn to for advise and I wisely do. He takes the time necessary to prepare for each case, he asks very good questions. He always files our documents in a timely manner and he always keeps us informed of where we are in the process.”

-Eileen MershartEileen

“Attorney Schwartz’ insightful responses on avvo demonstrate that he has a deep breadth of knowledge and expertise in his areas of practice. I would highly recommend attorney Schwartz to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney in the Madison area.”

 -David IancuDavid


“Paul is a tenacious attorney on behalf of his clients, whether in the area of criminal defense or employment litigation.”



-Aaron HalsteadAaron

“In working with Paul, I have found him to be an extremely competent and hard working attorney. His attention to detail and his passion for the law far surpass anything I have seen previously. I highly recommend Paul for his commitment to his clients and excellence in the practice of law.”


-Jim Jerg


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