August 01, 2017

In the September/October GPSolo Magazine: Advising Small Businesses

James Schwartz

The September/October 2017 issue of GPSolo magazine concerns “Advising Small Businesses.”  

Included are articles focusing on helping clients determine the choice of entity most appropriate for their business; advising clients on ways to remain in compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations; representing specific kinds of small businesses such as nonprofits and farms (including succession planning for farms); the differences between being an in-house lawyer and being in a law firm; and selected tips on how to avoid malpractice when representing businesses, as well as tips to use to determine if you have a conflict of interest when you take stock in a client’s business in lieu of standard fees. Also in this issue are articles to help solos and small firm practitioners be prepared for tech disasters, an explanation of why attorneys should care about cybersecurity breaches, and a primer on how to avoid and prevent fraud and cybersecurity breaches in your own (and your clients’) home and office. We hope you enjoy the issue.


James Schwartz


After graduating from law school in Philadelphia, James Schwartz first went to work for the City of Philadelphia's law department. A few years later, he moved to Chicago and joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in its Enforcement Division and remained there for several years. Since then, he has been in private practice in Chicago and Denver, focusing primarily on corporate, corporate securities, commodity futures, and real estate areas of law. Besides practicing law, Mr. Schwartz has also been active in the ABA in several areas including being in the House of Delegates for several years, being a member of the GPSolo Magazine Board for more than ten years, and being a founder of the GPSolo eReport for the Division. Mr. Schwartz has two children and two grandchildren. He may be reached at