Andrew Schwartz is a partner in Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, an environmental and land use law firm in San Francisco. Mr. Schwartz joined the firm in 2005 after 22 years in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he was head of land use and environmental litigation. His practice areas are land use and environmental litigation, regulatory takings, eminent domain, real estate and land use transactions, and affordable housing. Mr. Schwartz has tried numerous cases for cities and other public agencies in state and federal trial courts. He has argued more than 40 appeals in the state and federal courts and was the lead attorney in more than 20 cases that have resulted in published decisions, including San Remo Hotel v. City and County of San Francisco (2005), in which the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that unsuccessful state-court takings claimants are not entitled to relitigate their claims in federal court.
In addition to teaching the Land Use Law class Spring Semester 2022 at UC Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Schwartz is a Lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches Land Use Law. He has written numerous articles and books and is a frequent speaker on eminent domain, regulatory takings, regulatory exactions, environmental law, and redevelopment. His publications include Takings Litigation Handbook, Defending Takings Challenges to Land Use Regulation (2000) which he co-authored with Douglas Kendall and Timothy Dowling.
Mr. Schwartz received the County Counsels’ Association of California Litigation Program Award for 2003, the American Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award 2003, and the Daily Journal California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY) for 2006. Mr. Schwartz received his J.D. from UCLA, where he was on the Law Review, and his B.A. from Stanford.
BA, Stanford (1976)
JD, UCLA (1979)