President’s MessageBergen Bar

Linda H. Schwager, Esq.
116th President, Bergen County Bar Association

linda_schwager_3[5]Linda H. Schwager, Esq. was elected as the 116th President of the Bergen County Bar Association on April 10, 2014, and has been an active member of the Board of Trustees as Trustee and Officer since 2001.

Linda’s legal career began at the age of 44 when she returned to school.  With the encouragement of her husband, Steve, Linda enrolled in law school to fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer.  For three years Linda commuted to Flushing, Queens in New York to attend CUNY Law School at Queens College full time.  Today, Linda is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., United States District Court and the United States Supreme Court.

As a solo practitioner in Oakland, Linda maintains a general practice concentrating on family law, real estate and municipal court cases.  In addition, Linda is the Alternate Prosecutor in Bergenfield and in Moonachie and Special Prosecutor in North Arlington.  Previously, she was Municipal Prosecutor in the Bergen County Municipal Court, Special Legal Counsel for the City of Clifton and Public Defender in Oakland.  Linda is also a volunteer panelist for the matrimonial early settlement panel in Bergen County.  She is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey and Women Lawyers in Bergen.  In fact, Linda is currently completing her two-year term as President of Women Lawyers in Bergen.  Linda also serves on the Ethics Committee.  Presently, Linda is Vice-Chair o the IIA Ethics Committee in Bergen County.  Linda also finds time to volunteer her services pro bono for Bergen County Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and NJ State Bar Military Assistance Program.

Linda’s passion for her fellow residents of Oakland is demonstrated by her involvement in municipal government and community activities.  Linda was elected Mayor of the Borough of Oakland in 2012, but her commitment to government began in 1991, when she was first elected as a Councilwoman in Oakland, holding that position for nine years.

As a long time resident, Linda has kept busy with community activities in Oakland participating in educational and scout activities.  Linda served on the Oakland Zoning Board of Adjustment and continues to sit on the Oakland Planning Board.  Linda is a Past President of the Oakland-Franklin Lakes Rotary Club and Oakland Chamber of Commerce.  Linda is a founding member of the Oakland Library Growth Foundation and Oakland Cares, a charitable group that helps Oakland residents in need.  For the past eight years, Linda has been the attorney coach for the winning Mock Trial Team at Indian Hills High School.

For her outstanding service in the community, Linda has received distinguished honors for community service:  Woman of the Year from Oakland Woman’s Club; Community Service Award from Oakland Chamber of Commerce; and Paul Harris Fellow from Oakland-Franklin Lakes Rotary Club.

Linda is originally from New York growing up on Long Island then moving to Oakland New Jersey in 1973 with her husband Steve.  Linda and Steve met while they were both in college.   They have been married for almost 43 years.  Linda holds a B.A. from Queens College, an M.S. from Brooklyn College and Math Certification from William Paterson University.  Before the practice of law, Linda taught fifth grade in Bushwick-Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NYC and left teaching to raise their three sons, Russell, Mark and Eric.  Now Linda and Steve have six grandchildren:  Hannah, Max, Layla, Ayden, Rebecca and Emily.

Linda brings her advocacy and leadership skills in addition to her experience as a business owner to the position of President of the Bergen County Bar Association.