• Tulane Law School (J.D., 1983), cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1980), cum laude

bar admissions

  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Texas

court admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
Emmet J. Schwartzman

Emmet J. Schwartzman


Emmet Schwartzman has been a leader in the field of aviation defense litigation since the 1982 crash of a Pan Am Boeing 727 near New Orleans. His broad aviation litigation experience includes the defense of airlines in catastrophic losses such as the 1995 American Airlines Boeing 757 crash near Cali, Colombia. He led the defense of over 100 passenger claims arising from the crash of a commercial passenger jet in Bolivia in 2008, as well as a wide variety of other injury and death cases. Examples include turbulence incidents, in-flight medical emergencies, jetbridge falls, airport ramp accidents and passenger ejectment/denied boarding claims. Mr. Schwartzman regularly represents airlines, ground service handlers and other aviation industry and insurance interests on a statewide basis in Florida. His experience extends to international claims brought in the United States that are governed by the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention, including  foreign accidents subject to dismissal based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens.

Mr. Schwartzman's legal skills extend beyond aviation litigation. He has experience managing mass tort and multidistrict litigation. He has defended college campus wrongful death, sexual assault and hazing cases. His experience in premises liability litigation ranges from slip and fall accidents in retail stores to negligent security claims involving murder, rape, assault, and robbery.

Mr. Schwartzman was selected for inclusion in Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers (2015), Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Aviation, 2015), and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.