Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Kenneth M. Schwartz


Kenneth M. Schwartz was a partner in our firm from 1960 until 1985. A preeminent labor lawyer in Southern California, Mr. Schwartz’s practice included litigation, arbitration, counseling, and internal union governance, and he argued before the United States Supreme Court. His clients included the United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers, and the Retail Clerks Association. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Schwartz served as a marine in World War II, receiving a battlefield commission and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

A tireless advocate for labor unions and working people, Mr. Schwartz earned the affectionate nickname “Mad Dog” from his years of determined practice. Upon retiring from the firm, Mr. Schwartz became a well-known arbitrator and mediator, respected by both unions and employers. Mr. Schwartz died in 2008 at the age of 92.