Danielle Schwager is the staff attorney in the Family Law Clinic at Touro Law Center. This position involves supervising students who appear in Suffolk County Family Court and Supreme Court, allowing them to appear on the record.
She has well over a decade’s worth of expertise as a trial attorney. Incorporating her past experience as a former Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County and as a litigator for Martin, Clearwater & Bell, LLP, Ms. Schwager opened her own practice in 2004 with an emphasis on family law. A Member of the Law Guardian Panel and the Suffolk County Family Court 18(b) Panel, her practice specializes in abuse, neglect and termination of parental rights cases as well as custody, visitation, and juvenile delinquency. Ms. Schwager practices in the Family Court as well as matrimonial cases in Supreme Court. She also appears regularly before the Appellate Division Second Department in her representation of children.
Her background as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Martin, Clearwater & Bell, LLP added to her knowledge base as she litigated the defense of medical malpractice actions from inception through trial while engaging in all facets of motion practice, depositions and negotiation of settlements.
As an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Schwager was involved in all manners of criminal cases. In 2001, she was the Attorney in Charge of Suffolk County Drug Court. She evaluated defendants’ eligibility for drug court participation, prosecuted felony drug cases and was responsible for the prosecution and monitoring of all misdemeanor drug cases in the County.
Her work at the District Attorney’s Office also encompassed specialization in gang prosecution, handling over 30 jury trials, bench trials and hearings.
Ms. Schwager continues her passion for education and has maintained close relationships with her Alma Maters. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Stony Brook University and the Suffolk Academy of Law and is working on several projects within the Touro Law Center community. She is a member of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Council and is a terrific role model for Touro Law Center students. She also participates in a number of Career Services Office programs.
In addition to her association with the Suffolk County Bar, the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association, Ms. Schwager is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court – Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the United States Armed Forces.
Family Law Practice Module