Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family law for over 40 years. He is a past director of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce mediator; Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous 40-hour divorce mediation training and conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.
In 1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). In 2001, Mr. Schwarz was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from January 2001 - December 2010 and after serving out his term as Chairperson, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Benedict to sit on the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission from January 2011 to present.
Mr. Schwarz is also active in the Kane County and Illinois State Bar Associations where he has held several committee positions, including serving on the Family Law Section Council, Child Support Sub-Committee and Domestic Violence Task Force. He chaired the Kane County State’s Attorney Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Kane County Batterer’s Task Force.
Admitted to the bar in 1971, Mr. Schwarz is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology. Benedict has also had the honor of being named one of Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Only 5% of Illinois attorneys receive this honor each year. Martindale Hubbell, has also rated Mr. Schwarz with their highest level of AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 and he is also an Advanced Practitioner member of The Association for Conflict Resolution.