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Ann Taylor Schwing

Of Counsel

500 Capitol Mall
Suite 1700
(916) 551-2098

Ann Taylor Schwing is of counsel in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Ann was of counsel with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento for 24 years.

Ann’s practice focuses on litigation where she specializes in appeals, motions and research and on conservation easements. She divides her time between work for the firm, writing legal treatises, involvement in The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, and serving on several nonprofit boards and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Ann received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit in 2004 and the Federal Bar Association Sacramento Chapter award for Outstanding and Tireless Service to the Federal Bar and Judiciary in 2003. She also is a recipient of the Melville M. Bigelow scholarship award for the graduate with the greatest promise as a scholar and a teacher of the law from Boston University School of Law in 1975.

Ann serves on the board of directors of Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves as commissioner and secretary for the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and as an executive committee member and Master of the Bench for The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. Since its inception, she has served as a member and reporter for the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of California and the Subcommittee on Local Rules. Ann is also a panel member for the Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program for the Eastern District of California.


  • Boston University, J.D., cum laude (1975)
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., cum laude (1968)

Bar Admissions

  • California (1980)

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1980)
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California (1980)


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2016-2017)
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar (2015)


  • American Inns of Court Foundation, Washington, DC, Board of Trustees (2004-2009)
  • Ninth Circuit Advisory Board (2000-2003)
  • Ninth Circuit Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants (2003-2005)
  • Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern Districts of California, Reporter and Chair of Local Rules Committee (1998 to present)
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the Eastern District of California, Reporter (1996-1997)
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group (Biden Committee) for the Eastern District of California, Chair of Local Rules Committee (1994-1996)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Delegate (1985-87); Eastern District Lawyer Delegates, Chair (1986-1987)
  • State Bar of California, Chair (1986-1987)
  • The Land Trust of Napa County, Board of Trustees (1995-2001, 2002-2008); Vice President, President Elect (1997); ­President (1998-2001); Protection (Enforcement) Committee, Chair (2002-2008); Project Committee, Member (1995 - present); Archer Taylor Preserve Committee, Member (1989 - present)
  • Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Law Foundation, Member (1995-2004)
Ann Taylor Schwing
Of Counsel
  • Author, “California Affirmative Defenses” (2012 West Expert Series 5000+ pages) (first published in 1988, updated annually).
  • Author, “Open Meeting Laws” (3rd ed. 2011) (national treatise analyzing law

    and cases of 50 states requiring open meetings by public bodies) (also 2d ed. 2000 and 1st ed. 1994); see

  • Co-Author of Second Edition, “The Regulation of Money Managers: Mutual Funds and Advisers,” written by Tamar Frankel (1st ed. 1978-80) (4 volume treatise on federal regulation of investment companies, mutual funds, investment advisers) (Aspen, 2012, annually updated).
  • Editor of Tamar Frankel’s “Securitization” (2d ed. 2005).
  • Co-Author with Laura Fowler, “Local Practice Commentary for Local Rules of the Eastern District of California” (Lexis, updated annually).
  • Contributing Editor, Black’s Law Dictionary (7th & 8th eds., Bryan Garner, ed., 1999, 2004).
  • Author, “California Discovery Practice Chap. 4” (CEB 1st ed. 1987, 2d ed. 1998).
  • Compiler, Conservation Easement Databank.
  • Author, "Conservation Easement Tax Benefits Abound for Owners of Large Acreage," McDonough Real Estate Law Bulletin (July 2008).
  • Author, “Insurance Holding Company Regulatory­Statutes and Related Legislation: A Comparative Analysis,” 27 Fed. Ins. Counsel Q. 96 (1976).
  • Author, “Qualification Requirements Applicable to Alien Stock Insurers, to Surplus Line Insurers, and to Reinsurers,” 1976 Ins. L.J. 649.
  • Author, “The Federal Power Commission’s Noncompliance with the National Environmental Policy Act; Statutory Impossibility and Delegation,” 55 B.U.L.Rev. 575 (1975).
  • Author, “Statutory Circuit Court Review and the National Environmental Policy Act: The Proper Forum,” 55 B.U.L.Rev. 530 (1975).
  • Author, “Eisen v. Carlisle and Jacquelin—Fluid Recovery, Mini-Hearings, and Notice in Class Actions,” 54 B.U.L.Rev. 111 (1974).

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