“Being able to see the big picture and understand the intricate pieces and how they fit together allows me to complete substantial real estate and corporate transactions efficiently for my clients. The same ability also provides my clients with cost effective but still personal attention, whether they are dealing with a professional ethics issue, a complicated estate plan or a contentious probate matter.”

Linda Schwartz


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Linda Schwartz is a senior member of the Professional Ethics & Discipline, Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Corporate, and Real Estate practice groups. She has considerable experience in complex real estate and commercial transactions, business planning, executive succession planning, and estate planning and administration for both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. For more than 30 years, she has served as counsel to prominent national, regional and local developers and business owners. In 2006, she was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Throughout her legal career, Linda has been active in public service. She is a former Assistant Attorney General of Maryland and was appointed in 1997 by the Court of Appeals of Maryland to serve, and continues to serve, as a member of the State Board of Law Examiners. She also served as a member of the Character Committee of the Court of Appeals for two terms (1985-1990 and 1997), and was a member of the Inquiry Panel of the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland from 1985-1989.

She has contributed significantly to the advancement of legal ethics as a member of the Committee on Ethics of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) for more than two decades, including two years (2005-2006) as the chair of that committee. She also was appointed to the MSBA’s Ethics 2000 Committee, the Multidisciplinary Practice Task Force and the Ethical Considerations Subcommittee of the Committee on Lawyer’s Opinions in Commercial Transactions (1989). She has taught legal ethics as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University and has consulted with numerous law firms and attorneys, frequently being asked to serve as an expert witness in both real estate and professional conduct matters. A frequent lecturer, Linda has made presentations to both professional and general audiences on the wide range of topics within her areas of concentration, including estate planning and administration for foreign nationals, business and real estate transactions, ethics and the financing, development, leasing and management of real property interests.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 1973
         - Court Note Editor of Law Review, which published her Comment on title abstractor’s liability in 22 AM. U.L. Rev. 455 (1972-1973)

  • B.A., Cum Laude, University of Maryland, 1970

Accolades & Awards
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (2006-present)

  • Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers (2008-2019)

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers
             - Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates and Real Estate
             - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates and Real Estate

  • Maryland Super Lawyers (2007-2013, 2019)
         - Top 25 Women Maryland Super Lawyers (2007)

  • Top 100 Women in Maryland - The Daily Record (2002-2006)
         - Circle of Excellence for winning three times

  • Certificate of Appreciation – Montgomery County Public Schools (2003)

  • 10th Annual Award for Professionalism - Bar Association of Montgomery County (2000)

  • Community Service Award - Bar Association of Montgomery County (1992)

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Recent Publications
Civic & Community Involvement
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (2006-present)

  • American Bar Association
         - Fellow (2010)
         - Member, Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust
         - Ethics, Professionalism and Public Education Committee (1994-2006)
         - Real Estate Financing (1983-2000)
         - Uniform Mortgage Instruments for Commercial Loans (1987-1999)

  • Maryland State Bar Association
         - Chair, Committee on Ethics (2005-2006); Member (1976-1979, 1988-2006)
         - Member, Ethics 2000 Committee, Subcommittee on Multijurisdictional Practice (2000-2003)
         - Member, Task Force on Multidisciplinary Practice (2000)
         - Member, Ethical Considerations Subcommittee Special Joint Committee on Lawyers' Opinions in Commercial Transactions (1987-1989)
         - Member, Special Committee on Legal Education (1985-1988)

  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
         - Member, Board of Directors; subcommittees on leasing and financing of Foundation headquarters and formation of endowment (1990-2010)

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
         - Member, Real Estate Section
         - Designated Conciliator (1993-2006)
         - Member, Judicial Selections Committee (1992-1996)
         - Member, Long Range Planning Committee (1986-1995)
         - Member, Nominations and Elections Committee (1992)
         - Dean, Law School for the Public (1991-1992)
         - Chair, Ethics Committee (1983-1987); Vice Chair (1982-1983); Member (1988-1990)
         - Member, Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee (1989-1991)

  • Member, Women's Bar Association of Maryland (1985-present)

  • Member, Inquiry Panel, Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland (1985-1989)

  • Member, Character Committee, Court of Appeals of Maryland (1985-1990, 1994-1997)

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law at American University (1995-1997)

  • Fellow, Maryland State Bar Foundation (1999-present)

  • Member, Board of Directors - Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (1995-2000)

  • Co-chair of the Planned Giving Committee - Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (1995-1996)

  • Member, Women’s Advisory Board, The West Group, MassMutual Financial Group (2004-2006)

  • Member, Women’s Advisory Board of New York Life Insurance Company (1998-2000)

  • Member, Board of Trustees for the Holy Cross Hospital Foundation (2006-2008)

  • Member, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce (1988-2001)

Speeches and Presentations
  • Faculty, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. ("MICPEL")
         - "Basic Estate Planning" (2004)
         - "Recent Developments in Ethics" (1994)
         - "Rainmaking for Women" (1993)

  • "Estate Planning for Non Citizens," Human Genome Sciences, 2003

  • Faculty, Professionalism Course, Maryland State Bar Association

  • Faculty, "Demystifying Wealth Accumulation, Management and Estate Planning," New York Life Insurance Company, 1999

  • Guest Speaker, "Formation of a Small Business," Montgomery County Cable Television, Law School for the Public, 1997

  • "Effective Negotiating Styles and Strategies," Women's Bar Association, 1995

  • Periodic Lecturer, "Estate Planning for Non-Citizens," World Bank and International Monetary Fund

  • Lecturer, "Property Ownership and Estate Planning," Montgomery County AIDS Clinic, 1992

  • Chair and Faculty, Annual Programs on Real Estate Development in the DC Metro Market, Georgetown University Law Center/D.C. Bar (1987-1992)

  • Faculty, National Program/Intensive Seminar in Negotiating Leases, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987

  • Lecturer, "Owning Property as an Investment and Wealth Transfer," International Monetary Fund, 1990

  • Lecturer, "Issues for the Elderly," Suburban Hospital, 1990

  • Faculty, "Estate Planning and Wills," Commission for Women, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1983-1986

  • Faculty, numerous Real Estate, Practice Management, Estate Planning and Ethics Topics, Continuing Legal Education, Bar Association of Montgomery County

  • Faculty, various seminars on Commercial Leasing, Real Estate Settlements and Art of Negotiating, Women's Bar Association of Maryland, State and Montgomery County Chapter, 1985-2001