Merrill Schwartz Of Counsel (510) 451-3300 Download vCard LinkedIn

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Mr. Schwartz is of counsel in the firm’s Real Estate, Business and Corporate Transactions and Trusts and Estates Practice Groups. Before joining Donahue Fitzgerald, he was a partner in the Oakland law firm of Stark, Wells, Rahl, Schwartz & Schieffer, LLP, where he practiced for more than 42 years. He has handled numerous real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

He also has extensive experience representing borrowers in financings of various types including Industrial Development Authority Bonds. His business transactional experience includes formation of numerous corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, and he has structured numerous business acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Schwartz has represented numerous commercial lessors and lessees in lease transactions involving office space, industrial and warehouse properties, retail stores and shopping centers.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Real Property and Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Past President, Oakland YMCA
  • Past President, Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Former Editor, The Law Review, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Former Member, Order of the Coif, Northwestern University School of Law


  • Awarded, AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5) peer-review rated, Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Best Lawyers, 2011-2022
  • Recipient, Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America