For the next 18 months, Schwartz and his business partners worked desperately to navigate the company in “survival mode” through the unpredictable waters of the pandemic. Once he determined that the business would make it to the other side and was back on sure footing, Schwartz decided it was time to return to private practice.
He joined Mann Lawyers LLP in 2021 where he supports entrepreneurs, professionals, and organizations — big and small — in their pursuit of good governance, commercial success, and legal compliance. He helps clients with organizational planning, professional corporations, business acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, financing, and other general business issues. He now leads the firm’s Business Law Group.
He remains an owner and director of Escape Manor, which today continues to thrive, but is no longer involved in day-to-day operations.
“The experience of surviving COVID made me a better manager and leader of people,” says Schwartz.
That Schwartz should have the “entrepreneurial gene” is perhaps not surprising. Both his grandfathers were business owners, as was his father. His maternal grandfather and grandmother emigrated to Canada from Poland after surviving World War II. His paternal grandfather started a stainless-steel manufacturing company that his father later took over and expanded.