Jeffrey B. Schwartz

Partner Albany
Jeffrey Schwartz

A trusted advisor and deal maker, Jeff brings a practical “let’s get it done” approach to his work. From handling noteworthy mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions to providing strategic guidance in various contract matters, he balances the immediate task with the client’s larger goals and needs in the future.

Jeff has decades of experience working with entrepreneurs, startups and emerging growth companies, often engaged for the entire life cycle from formation to exit, and counseling clients through various ups and downs along the way. On the other side of that coin, Jeff has handled countless financings for a broad spectrum of capital providers from angel investors to professional investors. Jeff also represents a host of borrowers and lenders (from regional banks to money center banks) in connection with small business loans to traditional middle-market financings.

Jeff also functions as outside general counsel for various privately held businesses handling regular operational matters (governance, contract matters, partnerships and joint venture) and providing guidance to senior management and boards of directors.

He prides himself on keeping his eye on the prize, not getting lost in the weeds and is laser focused on helping his clients achieve their objectives. He is a big believer in the “rising tides” mentality and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, as well as a mentor to students and entrepreneurs.

In addition, Jeff serves as a Lateral Recruitment Partner at Phillips Lytle.


Honors & Awards

  • Listed in City & State Albany Power 100, 2022-2023
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015-2019
Awards & Certifications
Chambers USA logo for 2019 honoring Jeffery B. Schwartz

Education & Admissions

  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • State University of New York College at New Paltz, B.A., 1990
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York


Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Represented an environmental, engineering and mapping consultancy in its sale to a national, publicly-traded professional services firm.
  • Advised a nationally recognized insurance brokerage (life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and fixed and indexed annuity consulting and sales) in its sale to a leading independent distributor of life and health insurance products.
  • Counseled the provider of alcohol inventory control and bar inventory management software and products in its sale transaction.
  • Represented a contract brewery equipment and facility in its sale to regional brewer seeking to expand capacity.
  • Represented a document and content management solutions provider in its sale to private equity-backed acquirer.
  • Represented a global provider of mission-critical materials-analysis equipment in its sale to Fortune 500 Global science and technology company.
  • Represented a custom blended human nutrition premix provider in its $634 million sale to a publicly traded life and material sciences company.
  • Represented developer of web-based advertising software in its sale to Yahoo! Inc.
Venture Capital/Emerging Growth Companies
  • Advised a health tech company in connection with early stage convertible debt, Series Seed, Series A and additional equity issuances.
  • Represented a personal and enterprise safety technology company in connection with early stage convertible debt issuances.
  • Provided guidance on early stage convertible debt issuances for a manufacturer of blending and dispensing equipment for the beverage industry.
  • Organized angel group in connection with convertible debt investment in specialized food company.
  • Organized angel group in connection with convertible debt investment in a manufacture of aerospace and vehicle components.
  • Organized angel group in connection with convertible debt investment in provider of electric micro transit solutions.
  • Organized angel group in connection with convertible debt investment in online education platform.
  • Organized angel group in connection with convertible debt investment in specialty pharma research company.

Speaking Engagements

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  • Speaker, IgniteU Summer Accelerator: SME Presentation, June 2022
  • Panelist, VentureB Virtual Presentation, Center for Economic Growth (CEG), February 2022
  • Presenter, “Legal Fundamentals: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” Spark Saratoga Legal Fundamentals Seminar, March 2019
  • Panelist, “Beyond Venture Capital: The Deal Economy,” Albany Business Review State of the Region Breakfast, September 2018
  • Panelist, “Arch Tank,” “Entrepreneurship and Architecture,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, April 2018
  • Lecturer, “Entrepreneurship in Architecture,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, February 2018
  • Presenter, “Everything You Need to Know for Building a Successful Company,” Startup Boot Camp, September 2015

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, Trustee
  • Spark Saratoga, Mentor
  • Center for Economic Growth/RPI Venture B-plan Series, Judging Panel

Past Activities

  • New York Business Plan Competition, Capital Region, University at Albany – School of Business, Judge, April 2018

Professional Associations

  • Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Science & Technology Law Section
  • Entrepreneurs Organization, Capital District (EO Albany)
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Corporation Counsel Section
  • Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
  • Saratoga Economic Development Corporation
    • Advance Saratoga Startup Advisory Team
  • Upstate Venture Association of New York, Inc.