NEW YORK, NY—The Duane Morris Pro Bono Leadership Award recognizes an attorney who exemplifies the spirit of pro bono: a selfless, long-standing and unwavering commitment to pro bono service; a leader by example who accepts pro bono matters without fanfare; and a pro bono contributor who encourages and mentors other firm attorneys in pro bono service. Michael D. Schwamm leads by example, recruiting associates and partners alike to get involved in their communities. He has served on the firmwide Pro Bono Committee since 2008, helping transform and grow Duane Morris’ program. Schwamm has been praised by his pro bono clients – the Lawyers Alliance for New York commended Schwamm, stating precious few lawyers have his level of commitment to bettering the community and championing pro bono service at every opportunity. Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding previously honored Schwamm’s pro bono assistance a as a steadfast ally and trusted counselor.
Schwamm practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and technology law and provides general corporate counseling. He represents companies of all sizes, including startups and venture-backed companies, privately held family businesses and both large and small public companies in all aspects of their business affairs. Schwamm also provides services to venture capital and private equity funds, angel and other institutional investors. An increasing focus of his practice is assisting single family offices in structuring their direct business acquisitions—he co-leads the firm’s initiative in this area. Schwamm has worked on a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, joint ventures and licensing arrangements involving a number of industries, such as cannabis, big data, business services, consumer/retail, technology including fintech, entertainment, healthcare services, manufacturing, sports and telecommunication.
Schwamm is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1983), where he was editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1980).