M. Gerald "Gerry" Schwartzbach
A trial lawyer for over 45 years, Gerald Swartzbach, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Super Lawyers & Marquis publication Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Northern California Innocence Project.
Originally a history major from William and Mary College, Gerald received his JD from George Washington University Law School. Since, he has been instrumental in making significant case law, obtaining acquittals on complicated cases, and attaining exonerations of those wrongly convicted. He prevailed before the California Supreme Court when he argued that a defendant had a right to have two attorneys when facing a death sentence (Keenan v. Superior Court). He is the author of his just released book, Leaning on the Arc: A Personal History of Criminal Defense.