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Riva G. Schwartz - Office Manager


Riva Gaft Schwartz serves as the Firm’s Office Manager, IT Manager and is also trained as a Paralegal specializing in residential real estate transactions, representing sellers, purchasers and lenders. Ms. Schwartz brings a marketing and financial management background to the Law Offices of Alan J. Schwartz, P.C. having retired as Vice President/General Manager of Robertson-Shipmate, Inc., an international marine electronics conglomerate. During that time, she was responsible for all phases of operation with particular concentration in marketing, and managed three locations in the United States and was a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Schwartz has also lectured internationally and published numerous articles in a variety of trade publications.

Subsequently, Ms. Schwartz was extremely active with the Half Hollow Hills PTA and REACH/CYA, having coordinated parenting programs for the Half Hollow Hills School District, and lobbied legislators on behalf of the district. Ms. Schwartz also serves as Park Steward for the Otsego Park in Dix Hills.

Ms. Schwartz attended Syracuse University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in February, 1975. Ms. Schwartz is a Board Member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island [JCRC-LI].

In her previous life, Riva developed the first microprocessor based autopilot and developed an expertise in consumerizing military technology to give us technology now used on a daily basis, (i.e. your car’s nav system). This background makes her uniquely qualified to act as the Firm’s IT Manager, assuring clients the most up-to date technology to be used by the firm.

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Samantha Simoes - Legal Assistant

Samantha Simoes joins our law office as a Legal Assistant, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She comes to us as a 2018 graduate and previously worked with our firm as an Intern in 2017.


The firm also features an ever-changing cadre of Law School and College Student Interns and Externs.

Our alumni & interns have received positions in Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Queens District Attorney’s Office, Nassau District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk District Attorney’s Office & U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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