Catherine A. Schwartz

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Riverside, California

With each individual case, Catherine A. Schwartz brings the knowledge of over twenty years of experience practicing family law and criminal defense in California. Ms. Schwartz's undergraduate studies were in sociology at Philadelphia Christian College. She graduated with a B.S degree in law and a JD at Western State University College of Law, San Diego, in 1991. After passing the California State Bar in 1991, Ms. Schwartz practiced family law, juvenile dependency, and juvenile delinquency law in both San Diego and Riverside, CA. She has been involved in the areas of family law and criminal defense for the past 20 years, bringing with her a vast working knowledge of the family, juvenile and criminal justice system.

Ms. Schwartz has been actively involved in the Riverside community. She is a current member Soroptimist international of Riverside, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, Smile Seekers, Voices for the Children and Volunteers in Parole. Ms. Schwartz is a graduate of Leadership Riverside Class of 2010. She was an attorney coach for the Perris High School Mock Trial Team and the Paloma Valley High School Mock Trial Team for approximately six years.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug Charges
  • Child Support
  • Medical Marijuana

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 1991
    • Honors: Graduated with Honors - Top Ten Percent
  • Bachelor of Sciences - Philadelphia Christian College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1980
    • Honors: Graduated with Honors - Top Ten Percent
    • Major: Social Sciences Major


  • Virginia M. Blumenthal
  • Jennifer O'Farrell
  • Valerie Hill

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Riverside County Bar Association, Member
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law offices of Catherine A. Schwartz and the Women's Legal Center, Attorney
  • Blumenthal Law Offices, Attorney, 2007 - 2011
  • Law Offices of the Public Defender, Attorney, 1994 - 2007
  • Juvenile Defense Panel, Attorney, 1992 - 1994
  • Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz, Attorney, 1991 - 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Soroptimist International of Riverside, Member
  • Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Leadership Riverside Class of 2010
  • Smile Seekers
  • Volunteers in Parole
  • Voices for the Children
  • Mock Trial