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Elizabeth Schwartz

Principal at Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA
Miami Beach, Florida
Elizabeth Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is a nationally recognized advocate for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She is the author of the forthcoming book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New Press, 2016). While her firm equally works with straight and gay clients in matters of family law, estate planning and probate, she has been at the forefront of providing crucial legal protections for LGBT families. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally about the impact of nationwide marriage equality, and the continued importance of LGBT couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning, stepparent and second parent adoption. She focuses her practice both on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy) and dissolution, and handled the first divorce for a same-sex couple in Florida.

Elizabeth is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council, and serves as an adoption intermediary helping make forever families of all kinds, straight and gay alike. Elizabeth is also a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, assisting intended parents, gestational carriers and egg and sperm donors with their legal needs.
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Elizabeth Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is a nationally recognized advocate for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She is the author of the forthcoming book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New Press, 2016). While her firm equally works with straight and gay clients in matters of family law, estate planning and probate, she has been at the forefront of providing crucial legal protections for LGBT families. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally about the impact of nationwide marriage equality, and the continued importance of LGBT couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning, stepparent and second parent adoption. She focuses her practice both on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy) and dissolution, and handled the first divorce for a same-sex couple in Florida.

Elizabeth is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council, and serves as an adoption intermediary helping make forever families of all kinds, straight and gay alike. Elizabeth is also a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, assisting intended parents, gestational carriers and egg and sperm donors with their legal needs.

Elizabeth served as pro bono counsel on the case challenging Florida's marriage ban brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on behalf of six same-sex couples and members of the Equality Florida Institute seeking the right to marry (Pareto v. Ruvin) and is still working on the Chin case, suing Florida for fair issuance of birth certificates to same-sex married couples. She also served as pro bono counsel in several cases that helped overturn Florida's bigoted 1977 ban forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children.

About Me

What publications have you contributed to?
Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay & Otherwise (The New Press, 2016)

Handbook of Gestational Surrogacy, LGBT Issues in Surrogacy (Cambridge University New Press, 2016)

Transgender Discrimination, Trial Magazine (American Association for Justice, Oct. 2016)

Out and About: LGBT Experience in the Profession, Trailblazing Advocacy (American Bar Association, 2015)
What professional recognitions do you have?
2016 Anti-Defamation League Miami Jurisprudence Award

2015 C. Clyde Atkins Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter

2014 University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service Lawyers in Leadership Award

2012 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award presented by the Task Force at the 2012 Miami Recognition Dinner

2011 Voice for Equality Award presented by Equality Florida

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Associations

Association Position
National Leadership Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Florida Adoption Council
American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
National Family Law Advisory Council, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Miami Beach Bar Association
Florida Bar, Family Law Section
National LGBT Bar Association

Education

School Degree Graduation Year
University of Pennsylvania B.A., communications/art history/afro-american studies 1993
University of Miami School of Law J.D. 1997

Contact Information

Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA

690 Lincoln Rd Ste 304
Miami Beach, FL 33139