Elizabeth F. Schwartz
2012 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Elizabeth is an attorney now in her 15th year of law practice and has devoted much of her life to serving the LGBT community. Her practice emphasizes representation of the LGBT community in family formation and dissolution matters, and she lectures locally and nationally about the importance of gay couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning and contracts.
Schwartz is chair of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association of South Florida and a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She has served as pro bono counsel in several cases seeking to overturn Florida's uniquely bigoted 1977 ban forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children.
Schwartz is a founding member of the Aqua Foundation for Women and has donated her time, money and expertise to many organizations serving the LGBT community on a local, state and national level. Her contributions have been recognized by many organizations, including Equality Florida, SAVE, SunServe and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Miami Beach, Schwartz lives with her partner, Lydia Martin, and their dog, Buttercup.