Robert F. Schwartz

(415) 788-3111  
(415) 421-2017  
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Education

  • J.D., cum laude, 1994
    Harvard Law School
  • Graduate Tax Program, 2000-2001
    Coursework in ERISA and Executive Compensation
    Boston University Law School
  • Master of International Affairs, 1985
    Columbia University

  • B.A., cum laude, 1981
    Rice University

Professional Career

  • 2003 - Present
    Director (Associate prior to 2005)
    Trucker Huss
    San Francisco, California
  • 1995 - 2003
    Associate
    Hill & Barlow, P.C.
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1994 - 1995
    Law Clerk
    The Honorable Norman H. Stahl United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Professional Licenses
and Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association (Member of the Labor/Employment Law Section and Past Chair of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section)
  • Member, Western Pension and Benefits Council (Member of the Program Committee of the San Francisco Chapter)

Mr. Schwartz has more than 20 years of experience in the area of employee benefits law. He focuses his practice on multiemployer pension plans, employer withdrawal liability, and ERISA litigation.

Mr. Schwartz represents a number of multiemployer trust funds, including the largest Taft-Hartley trust in the United States, and he counsels clients extensively in the areas of fiduciary responsibility and plan administration. In addition, he serves as a court-appointed mediator in ERISA cases for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and has litigated a wide variety of benefits and compensation-related cases in the federal and state.

Mr. Schwartz presents and publishes on issues related to multiemployer pension plans as well as other ERISA and qualified plan topics. He has recently present on various aspects of ERISA litigation, benefit claims, QDROs and legal ethics.

Mr. Schwartz has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in ERISA/Employee Benefits every year since 2009.  He is the immediate past Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Section, and is a member of the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits.