Victor Schwartz is a Partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon and chairs the firm’s Public Policy Group. He began his career as a law clerk to a federal judge, then as a professor and acting dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law before entering government service. At the Department of Commerce, he chaired the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Product Liability and drafted the Uniform Product Liability Act and the Risk Retention Act. Victor currently serves as an adjunct professor and member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Victor is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and served on the Advisory Committee to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability, and Apportionment of Liability Projects. He continues to sit on the Advisory Committee to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: General Principles. He was inducted as a Life Member of the ALI in May 1997.
For over two decades, he has been co-author of the most widely used torts casebook in the United States, Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Cases and Materials On Torts (10th ed. 2000). He also is author of the leading text, Comparative Negligence, and co-authored Guide to Multistate Litigation. He has authored hundreds of law review articles, which have frequently been cited by state supreme courts. He has received awards for his scholarship from universities and leading civil justice reform organizations. He speaks before national and international audiences interested in the subject of civil justice reform.
Victor is General Counsel to the American Tort Reform Association. He co-chairs the Civil Justice Reform Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council and chairs the American Bar Association’s Legislative Subcommittee of the Product Liability Committee. Victor has an active appellate practice and assists product manufacturers on injury and accident prevention.
Victor’s views are sought by print, radio and television media. He is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In light of his professional accomplishments, the National Law Journal has twice named Victor one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the United States and the Washingtonian magazine has twice named him one of the top 50 lobbyists in the Nation’s capital.
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