Schwartz chaired the Federal Interagency Task Force on Product Liability and received the Secretary of Commerce's Special Medal for his efforts. He drafted the Uniform Product Liability Act, which has been the basis for most state legislation on product liability. Mr. Schwartz serves on the Advisory Committee of the Restatement of Torts (Third): Product Liability Project and chairs the Civil Justice Reform Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Legislative Committee of the ABA Litigation Section. He is a director of, and general counsel to, the American Tort Reform Association. In May 1994 the National Law Journal included Mr. Schwartz in its listing of the 100 most influential attorneys in the United States. Mr. Schwartz received his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his J.D. from Columbia University, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.
FREDERICK B. SONTAG is president of Unison Industries, a $50 million manufacturer of aviation ignition systems and other engine components with plants in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rockford, Illinois. Unison ignitions provide sparks to run piston engine aircraft as well as the energy to light the fuel mixture on larger turboprop and turbojet aircraft. Almost every commercial airplane flying, from trainers to 747s, contains a Unison product. Mr. Sontag held various corporate positions before purchasing Slick Electro of Rockford, Illinois, in a leveraged buyout in 1980 and later renaming the company Unison. In 1989 Unison purchased the ignition product line from the Bendix Engine Products Division of Allied-Signal, Inc. and moved its headquarters to Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Sontag is past chairman of the board of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), has served as GAMA's Product Liability Committee chairman, and is a trustee of Harvey Mudd College. He holds a B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. in physics from the University of Nevada, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.