Robert H. Schwartz

Robert H. Schwartz

Managing Partner
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Robert H. Schwartz has a civil trial practice that includes extensive experience in handling third-party claims involving insured and self insured persons or entities. In addition, his practice includes municipal and police liability in both state and federal courts including Land Use litigation and all types of civil rights claims against individuals and/or municipalities. He deals in insurance coverage analysis and litigation involving both first and third-party claims including coverage opinions, declaratory judgment actions and bad faith claims. This includes the defense of first-party insurance claims made directly against the insurer, as well as, third-party claims involving insurance coverage issues. He has an appellate practice that flows from the litigation in all the foregoing areas and he has argued in excess of 125 cases in appellate courts in Florida, including the Third District Court of Appeal, the Fourth District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. This appellate practice has resulted in approximately 90 published opinions which also includes the appellate courts in Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation Defense
  • Municipal Liability and Police Liability including Land Use Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation including Bad Faith
  • Defense of First Party Insurance Claims
  • Appellate

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1980
  • Tennessee, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1969
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A. - 1966
    • Major: Political Science


  • Strategies for Successfully Trying Auto Injury, NBI, 2005
  • Preparing and Trying Soft Tissue Injury Case, NBI, 2007
  • What Civil Court Judges Want to Know, NBI, 2008
  • Civil Court Forum Advanced Discovery & Trial Practice, NBI, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers List in area of Civil Litigation Defense, 2011 - 2014
  • AV Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Insurance Law Teacher, 1991 - Present
  • ABOTA, Associate, 2004
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1981

Past Employment Positions

  • Yoss, LLP, Partner, 2010 - 2011
  • Adorno & Yoss, Partner, 1996 - 2011
  • Gunther & Whitaker, P.A., Partner, 1983 - 1996
  • Thomson & Clark, Associate, 1981 - 1983
  • Robert H. Schwartz, Attorney at Law, 1974 - 1980
  • Nashville, Tennessee, Assistant District Attorney General, 1970 - 1974