Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, 2011
  • Orange County Bar Association – Family Law Section, 2001
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Orange County Section, Executive Board Member, 2012 – Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Orange County Section, Associate Director, 2014 – Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists State Board of Directors, Board Member, 2014 – Present
Certified Legal Specialties

Family Law, California State Bar – Board of Legal Specialization

 Areas of Practice

100% Family Law

 Bar Admissions

California, 2001

 Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

 Pro Bono Activities
  • Orange County Bar Association – Speakers Bureau, 2008 – Present
  • Moot Court Judge for Law School Competitions, 2010 – Present
 Education

Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California

Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2001

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

B.S., Political Science, 1994

Honors & Awards

Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Young Lawyers in California, 2008 – 2010

ACFLS: State Board of Directors, Legislation Advisory Committee, Membership Benefits Committee, 2014 – present

 Published Works

Co-authored the article “When Family Law Meets Criminal Law: Mastering the Interplay Between Domestic Violence Litigation and Criminal Procedure” , ACFLS Family Law Specialist (Journal of the California Association of Family Law Specialists) , Fall, 2014

Co-authored the article “Immigration and Family Law: What a Family Law Practitioner Needs to Know About the Evolving Field of Immigration Law”, ACFLS Family Law Specialist (Journal of the California Association of Family Law Specialists) , Winter, 2015

Bio

Jason M. Schwartz is a Partner at Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP, and exclusively practices family law. Mr. Schwartz has been with the firm since he was admitted to the State Bar of California in the summer of 2001. He is known as one of Orange County family law’s most sought after lecturers, and for being one of the most active members of the Association of Certified Law Specialists.

Mr. Schwartz earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University College of Law in December 2000, and his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Texas, where he majored in political science with a double minor in criminal justice and journalism.

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Mr. Schwartz has had an impressive career with the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. He became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 2007. In 2011, he became a member of the ACFLS, where he has served on the Executive Board of the Orange County section since 2012. He has also served as the organization’s Associate Director. He has been a Board Member on the State Board of Directors since 2014.

In addition, he has been a member of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association since 2001. Mr. Schwartz has successfully litigated some of family law’s most complex multiple-day trials regarding child custody and visitation, domestic violence, child support and spousal support, attorney fees, characterization, valuation and division of community estate assets, valuation of business interests, as well as trials on the issues of the validity of a premarital agreement, transmutations, breach of fiduciary duty and date of separation.

You can often find Mr. Schwartz as a presenter or panelist sharing his family law knowledge at some of Orange County’s most significant professional, legal and civic organizations. In his spare time, he stays active by running, and spending days at the beach with his wife, Susy, who is an attorney practicing immigration law.

Classes / Seminars

  • Presenter, “Family Residence Accounting:  Beyond the Numbers.” California Society of CPAs (January 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Understanding and Winning Reasonable Compensation Issues.” OCBA Family Law Section (May 2017), White, Zuckerman, Prego Program (November 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Preparing and Presenting Credits and Reimbursements Issues, Determining Lender’s Intent, Understanding the Accounting of the Right to Reimbursement Pursuant to Moore/Marsden and Beyond (Branco and Grinius).” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists – OC Chapter (April 2017)
  • Presenter, “Community Property and the Estate Planning Process.” First American Trust Family Law Conference (April 2016)
  • Presenter, “Divorcing the Company: A Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Analyzing and Challenging Corporate Documents.” Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section (April 2016)
  • Presenter, “Protecting and Preserving Business Interests During a Marital Dissolution Action.” Orange County Bar Association Business and Corporate Section (March 2016)
  • Presenter, “The Business of Law”, Whittier Law School, OCBA, Legal Aid Society of Orange County Boot Camp Training Event (February 2016)
  • Panelist, “Crossover Issues in Trust & Estate Law and Family Law”, Orange County Bar Association & Trusts and Estates Section (October 2015)
  • Presenter, “Protecting the Separate Property Interest (Or, would you rather go to the dentist?)”, First American Trust Family Law Seminar (May 2015)
  • Presenter, “How to Comply with Subpoenas and Earning Assignments in Employee Proceedings.” Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce (April 2015)
  • Presenter, “Substance Abuse Issues in Family Law Litigation.” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Orange County Chapter (November 2014)
  • Presenter, “Divorce Cases from Start to Finish.” National Business Institute (November 2014)
  • “Million Dollar Pre-Nup” Money Matters With Dino (November 2014)
  • Presenter, “An Open House at 2640 Family Court: How to Properly Present Your Neighbors – the Epsteins, Watts, Moores, Marsdens, Nelsons, Brancos, Grinus and Dukes at Trial.” White, Zuckerman, Prego Program (May 2014)
  • Moderator, “Beyond the Basics: An Expert’s Guide to Litigation of Complex Business Valuation and Cash Flow Issues.” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists – Orange County Chapter (November 2013)
  • “When Family Law Meets Criminal Law: Mastering Interplay Between Domestic Violence Litigation and Criminal Procedure.” Orange County Bar Association (September 2013); South Orange County Bar Association (June 2013)
  • Presenter, “If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Practical Advice for Aspiring Attorneys.” Western State University College of Law (Annual lecture 2012 – Present)
  • Presenter, “How to Keep Your Client Out of Jail When Faced With a Contempt Action.” Bremer, Whyte, Brown & O’Mera (June 2012)
  • Presenter, “To Be or Not to Be Taxable: The Treatment of Perquisites in Determining Cash Flow Available for Support.” White, Zuckerman, Prego Program (May 2012)
  • Presenter, “Oral Advocacy in the Courtroom.” Western State University College of Law (July 2011)
  • Presenter, Appellate Advocacy Moot Appellate Court Justice, Western State University College of Law, 2010 – Present
  • Presenter, 2011 “Family Law from A to Z.” National Business Institute (January 2010)
  • Presenter, “Date of Separation: Its importance from Petition to Trial.” White, Zuckerman, Prego Program (April 2008)
  • Presenter, “Family Law Litigation: 101.” University of California at Irvine (May 2008)
  • Presenter, “Litigation of Custody and Visitation Issues.” Chapman University School of Law – Family Law Panel (May 2008)
  • Presenter, “Navigating from Law Student to Attorney.” Chapman University School of Law (April 2007)
  • Presenter, “Litigation of Family Residence Issues.” Orange County Paralegal’s Association (April 2006)
  • Presenter, “Family Law Basics.” Orange County Paralegal’s Association (April 2005)