Getting to know Maria M. L. Schwartz

Maria M. L. Schwartz is a new appointee to the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law. Her main areas of practice are estate and income tax planning and trust and estate administration. She is a 2013 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. 

After graduating from law school, Maria worked with a solo practitioner for a couple of years, focusing on trusts and estates and corporate law. She then joined DiMonte & Lizak, where she practiced for two years. Her focus within her favorite areas of practice has evolved and in December of 2018, she joined the firm of Levin, Schreder & Carey. 

Maria is an active member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Institute of Illinois Business Law. 

Maria is very close with her parents and younger sister, who have inspired her decisions in life. Her mother, in particular, has an enormous amount of compassion and patience, and Maria is thankful to have learned from her.

In her spare time, Maria loves to spend time with her husband. They love taking day trips around the Chicago area in the summer to hike and bike. They also enjoy theater and dance in the winter. Their number one hobby, year round, is exploring the food scene in Chicago and trying new restaurants.

Kelly R. Giraudo is a partner at Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. in Morton, Illinois, a firm that specializes in family law. She can be reached at 309-263-1204 or

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