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Todd M Schwartz

Partner, Corporate Department
Palo Alto
1117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
United States

Fax: 1(650) 320-1983
San Francisco
101 California Street
Forty-Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA
United States

Fax: 1(415) 856-7128


Todd Schwartz is a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.  His practice focuses on strategic and private equity mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital fund formation and operation, minority and venture capital investments  and restructuring, bankruptcy, and distressed investments.  Mr. Schwartz represents companies as well as private equity funds in all aspects of their businesses.

Mr. Schwartz regularly advises boards of directors and senior management regarding their fiduciary duties and corporate governance.  Mr. Schwartz has advised borrowers (including portfolio, privately-held, and public companies), creditors, and distressed investors (including hedge funds and private equity funds) in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings, and chapter 11 cases.

Mr. Schwartz received a B.A. in Integrative Biology and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.  He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review and editor for the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal.  Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, and Texas.

Accolades and Recognitions

Admitted to Practice in the following venues:

  • State Bar of California

  • State Bar of Illinois

  • State Bar of Texas

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

  • United States District Court, Southern District of California

  • United States District Court, Central District of California


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude)
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.


Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author, Client Alert, Tenants Take Caution, Ninth Circuit Allows Bankrupt Landlord to Sell Property Free and Clear of Leases, September 2017

  • Panelist, LES Houston Chapter Meeting, IP License-Extinguishing "Free & Clear" Sales in Bankruptcy, January 2017

  • Co-author, Client Alert, Recent SEC Enforcement Action Merits a Second Look by Private Equity Firms and Fundless Sponsors at Broker-Dealer Registration, June 2016

  • Inaugural Member, Advisory Committee, The Deal

  • Co-author, International Financial Law Review, Foreign Direct Investment Report 2014, US Chapter (2014)

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois College of Law, Fall 2010

  • Visiting Professor, University of Illinois College of Law, Spring 2009


Pro Bono

  • The Honnold Foundation

  • Tse Chi Ling - Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Emerging Growth Companies
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Private Investment Funds




Texas Bar
California Bar
Illinois Bar


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. 2007
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 2003

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