Mrs. Schwarz is a principal at Pier Strategies LLC, a government affairs firm. Previously, she was the Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs for the Tennessee Bar Association. Prior to joining TBA, Schwarz worked as an attorney for the Tennessee Secretary of State. She began her legal career as a litigator in Jackson, Mississippi, then made her way to Washington, D.C., where she worked for several congressmen, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and later at the U.S. Department of Justice as attorney advisor in the Office of Legislative Affairs. She holds degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she was Assistant Notes and Comments Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal.