Meet Martin B. Schwartz, Esq.

With 33 years of unwavering dedication to immigration and naturalization law, Attorney Martin B. Schwartz has distinguished himself as a prominent figure in the field. His extensive experience spans a wide range of immigration matters, including family immigration, asylum claims, immigration court representation, criminal defense for immigrants, and naturalization applications. Attorney Schwartz’s contributions to the legal community have been marked by his involvement in groundbreaking cases and as a featured speaker at numerous immigration lawyers’ conferences.

Contributions to Legal Education:

Participated as a panelist and author at local and national seminars sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 1998 to 2004, covering topics such as Immigration Litigation Issues, Detention/Bond Issues, Asylum Law, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Pleas, and the use of Secret Evidence against Non-US Citizens.

Key Prior Roles:

Rural Law Center, Apopka, Florida

  • Managed the immigration legal department for a legal aid office established by Catholic nuns, handling removal defense, employment cases in federal court, representation of Haitians seeking asylum, and more.

Legal Services of North Florida, Quincy, Florida

  • Conducted legal advice clinics, represented clients with cases involving family law, consumer law, real property law, and provided assistance to migrant farm workers and Central American asylum applicants.

Language Skills: Fluent in Spanish, with the ability to read, speak, and write proficiently. Continued language improvement through travels to Spanish-speaking countries and advanced coursework.

Notable Case:

  • Member of the litigation team in the groundbreaking case of Al Najjar v. Reno, 97 F. Supp. 2D 1329 (S.D. FLA. 2000), which challenged the use of classified evidence to detain a non-US Citizen suspected of ties to a terrorist organization.

Attorney Martin B. Schwartz’s unwavering commitment to the immigrant community and his extensive experience make him a distinguished advocate and a leading authority in immigration and naturalization law. His tireless efforts have significantly impacted the lives of countless immigrants, ensuring their rights are protected and upheld under the law. Icon
Teaching Experience
  • St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida
    • Adjunct Professor
    • Fall 2018
    • Developed and taught an Immigration Law Class, combining academic and clinical components. Icon
  • Juris Doctor (JD), State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and Jurisprudence, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Cornell University – New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1985 Icon
Awards and Recognitions
  • Constitutional Rights Reward presented by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2001)
  • Gold Winner, Voted Best Law Firm in Northwest Tampa via the 2011 Northwest News and Tribune Readers’ Poll (August 24, 2011)
  • Compadre of the Year Award presented by the Tampa Latin Chamber of Commerce (December 13, 2012)
  • Sol Community Award presented by Status of Latinos Committee at University of South Florida (September 29, 2016)