Arthur Schwartz is the deputy executive director and general counsel of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and corporate secretary for the National Engineers Week Foundation. His responsibilities include serving as staff director to the NSPE Board of Ethical Review, Licensure & Qualifications for Practice Committee, Professional Liability Committee, and Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee and overall management of the National Engineers Week Foundation.
Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1977) and a Juris Doctor degree from the American University/Washington College of Law (1980). Schwartz is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the District of Columbia, Florida, and Virginia Bar Associations. He is also an honorary member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and a certified association executive (CAE).
Schwartz writes both an ethics column and a legal column in NSPE's monthly publication, PE magazine, and a professional practice column for Structural Engineer magazine. He has written extensively for various professional journals on matters involving ethics, professional liability, contracts, and engineering licensing and has participated as a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, and national professional association conventions.
Schwartz has authored more than 400 published ethics decisions and has written dozens of articles and papers addressing such topics as the protection of the public health and safety, conflicts of interest, duty of confidentiality, professional competency, liability, risk management, contracts, insurance, and other professional practice issues. He has also recently launched a Web-based teleseminar series on engineering ethics, professionalism, and the law.
Schwartz, a native of New York City, has resided in Arlington, Virginia, since 1980 with his wife Marsha Lederman, an illustrator. They have two adult children, Zach and Genna.