James C. Schwartz

James C. Schwartz is co-leader of Tortorici Schwartz's global transportation practice and an internationally recognized advisor in transportation and infrastructure. For two decades, James has advised both operating and investment clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial and cross-border transactions, outsourcing, workouts and restructurings, and corporate finance and corporate governance matters. During his career, he led and continues to lead evolutionary transactions for some of the largest ground transportation companies in the industry.

James is particularly skilled in counseling major ground transportation industry participants on a wide array of commercial transactions for virtually all functions of business, including fleet, supply chain, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, marketing and sales, hospitality, loyalty programs, operations, regional matters, fuel, technology (hardware procurement, content and software licensing, data security, and privacy), and other business-process outsourcing transactions, as well as restructuring matters. His deep industry knowledge enables him to offer a strategic perspective that is invaluable to his clients.

James’ unique and deep understanding of the ground transportation industry has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a preeminent transportation lawyer and strategic partner to participants in the ground transportation industry.

James has established a practice that fulfills a range of corporate and commercial transactional needs for clients of any industry. This includes mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, technology, business-process outsourcing agreements, cross-border transactions, workouts and corporate restructuring, corporate finance (including public and private securities and other capital markets transactions), corporate governance, and other general corporate matters.

James is the co-founder of TripMarket, a B2B marketplace platform and mobile application designed to increase profitability for transportation companies by helping source labor and equipment at dynamic rates on either a pre-arranged or on-demand basis, and the co-founder of Total Compliance Solutions, a B2B data platform designed to help for-hire transportation companies avoid fines and suspensions from regulatory agencies by tracking and aggregating driver and vehicle permit and license statuses..

Prior to establishing Tortorici Schwartz LLP, James served as EVP/General Counsel at Sotheby’s International Realty in Los Angeles, responsible for the legal affairs of a real estate brokerage and investment group, and was an associate at a boutique law practice in New York specializing in commercial and real estate litigation.

James began his legal career as an Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, where he prosecuted licensees for rule violations and participated in the development of agency policies and procedures.  


- J.D., Fordham University School of Law
- B.A., The Johns Hopkins University

Bar Admissions

- New York

Court Admissions

- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
- United States Supreme Court