Laura J. Schwartz, Esq. Director of Economic Development

Areas of Expertise: Laura Schwartz works on a broad range of projects for clients involved in community stabilization and revitalization, including the financing and commercial leasing of mixed- use developments located on commercial corridors.

Experience and Education: Prior to joining RHLS, Laura was a Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York from 2000 to 2003. She specialized in economic development and represented nonprofit organizations involved in business revitalization, new vehicles for job creation and increasing capital, credit and financial services in New York City's low-income communities.

During the 1999-2000 academic year, Laura was a visiting clinical professor at Columbia Law School. In addition to teaching in the Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business Clinic, she wrote a manual for students on representing microentrepreneurs. From 1992-1999 she was an associate at the New York law firms of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow. She is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania State Bars. Laura received her B.A. from Cornell University College of Arts & Sciences in 1979 and her J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1991. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Université of Nantes in France during the 1991-92 academic year.