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About the Author

Ann Taylor Schwing is the author of the multi-volume treatise, California Affirmative Defenses (West, annually updated), the first and second editions of Open Meeting Laws, Chapter 4 of California Discovery Practice (CEB 2d ed. 1998, 1st ed. 1987), and numerous articles. She co-authored the second edition of The Regulation of Money Managers with Professor Tamar Frankel and annually updates that treatise, and she edited the second edition of Professor Frankel’s Securitization (2005).  She is also a contributing editor to Black’s Law Dictionary (7th and 8th eds. Bryan Garner, ed. 1999, 2004).

Mrs. Schwing is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., cum laude, 1968). She received her J.D. from Boston University (cum laude, 1975) and was awarded the Melville M. Bigelow Scholarship Award by the faculty as the member of the graduating class with the greatest promise as a scholar and teacher of the law. In 2004, she was awarded the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit, granted by the American Inns of Court Foundation with the concurrence of the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit.

She is admitted to practice in California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Northern Districts of California. Mrs. Schwing is of counsel to Best Best & Krieger LLP, Sacramento, California.

Professional Experience

Ann Taylor Schwing joined McDonough, Holland & Allen PC in 1986 after serving as partner in two other firms and law clerk for Chief United States District Judge Thomas J. MacBride, Eastern District of California from 1977-1980.  She served an attorney for 24 years in McDonough Holland & Allen PC’s litigation section where her practice was limited to appeals, motions and research.

After McDonough closed, she moved to Best Best & Kreiger LLP. She divides her time to work for the firm, write legal treatises and serve as Secretary and Commissioner on the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an Independent Program of the Land Trust Alliance. She also serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Legal Writers and on the Executive Committee of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court in Sacramento.  

Recognition and Awards

Memberships and Activites

  • Master of the Bench, The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court (1988-), Executive Committee (1989-)

  • Board of Directors, American Society of Legal Writers (2012-2015)

  • Commissioner, Secretary, Land Trust Accreditation Commission (2006-)

  • Board of Trustees, American Inns of Court Foundation in Washington D.C. (2002-2006)

  • Ninth Circuit Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants (2003-2006)

  • Ninth Circuit Advisory Board (2000-2003)

  • Member and Reporter, Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of California (1997-),
       Subcommittee on Local Rules (1997-)

  • Reporter, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the Eastern District of California (1996-97)

  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group (Biden Committee) for the Eastern District of California (1994-1996); Chair, Subcommittee on Local Rules (1993-96)

  • Member, Early Neutral Evaluation Panel for the Eastern District of California (1994-)

  • Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1985-87); Chair (1986-87)

  • State Bar of California, Standing Committee on Rules and Procedure of Courts (1985-87); Chair (1986-87)

  • Board of Trustees, The Land Trust of Napa County (1995-2001, 2002-08);
       Vice President, President Elect (1997); President (1998-2001)

  • Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Law Foundation (1995-2004)

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Bar Council Member


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., 1975, cum laude,  Boston University Law Review, Editorial Board

  • University of California, Berkeley, CA, B.A., cum laude, 1968


    Author, California Affirmative Defenses (West Expert Series, three volumes, ~4500 pages,2008, annually updated), also Second edition (1995/96) (five volumes), First edition (1988/89/90, four volumes).California Affirmative Defenses Cover

    Author, Open Meeting Laws (3d ed. 2011) (national treatise analyzing law and cases of 50 states requiring open meetings by public bodies) (also 1st ed. 1994 and 2nd ed. 2000, sponsored by the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers).

    Co-Author of Second Edition, The Regulation of Money Managers, with Regulation of Money Managers: Mutual Funds and Advisers, Second Edition CoverTamar Frankel (1st ed. 1978-80) (4 volume treatise on federal regulation of investment companies, mutual funds, investment advisers) (Aspen, annually updated).Securitization Cover


    Editor of Second Edition, Securitization (2005), authored by Tamar Frankel (1st ed. 1991) (two volume treatise on structured financing, financial assets pools and asset-backed securities).

    Contributing editor, Black’s Law Dictionary (7th and 8th eds., Bryan Garner, ed, 2000, 2004).

    California Discovery Practice Chap. 4 (CEB 2d ed. 1998) (CEB 1st ed. 1987).

    Insurance Holding Company Regulatory Statutes and Related Legislation: A Comparative Analysis, 27 Fed. Ins. Counsel Q. 96 (1976).

    Qualification Requirements Applicable to Alien Stock Insurers, to Surplus Line Insurers, and to Reinsurers, 1976 Ins.L.J. 649.

    The Federal Power Commission’s Noncompliance with the National Environmental Policy Act; Statutory Impossibility and Delegation, 55 B.U.L.Rev. 575 (1975).

    Statutory Circuit Court Review and the National Environmental Policy Act: The Proper Forum, 55 B.U.L.Rev. 530 (1975).

    Eisen v. Carlisle and Jacquelin—Fluid Recovery, Mini-Hearings, and Notice in Class Actions, 54 B.U.L.Rev. 111 (1974).