Elizabeth Schwartz is the Co-Chair of the SAGE Board of Directors. She has been practicing law since 1997 and is one of Miami’s best-known advocates for the legal rights of the LGBT community.
While her South Beach-based firm equally works with straight and gay clients in matters of family law, estate planning, and probate, Schwartz has made a name for herself representing the LGBT community, with a focus on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy). She lectures locally and nationally about the importance of LGBT couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning, second-parent adoption, and contract, and has been on the forefront of providing crucial legal protections for LGBT families. Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council, and she serves as an adoption intermediary helping make forever families of all kinds. In addition, Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, assisting intended parents, gestational carriers, and egg and sperm donors with their legal needs.
Also a certified family mediator and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, she treats the law as a therapeutic profession, facilitating relationship dissolution with minimal investment of emotional and financial resources. A Miami Beach native, Schwartz received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami in 1997.
Further, Schwartz is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of NCLR and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Schwartz is co-chair of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association and sits on the GLBT Projects Fund of the Miami Foundation and the Our Fund Program and Grants Committee. An active member of her synagogue, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Schwartz serves on their Narot Endowment Fund board.