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Jennifer Schwartz - San Francisco, CA

One California Street12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

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Updated: 04/29/2022

San Francisco Employment Law Lawyer

Overview

JENNIFER SCHWARTZis a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and heads the individual practice in the San Francisco office. She represents employees exclusively in a wide range of employment matters, including litigation in state and federal trial courts, before administrative agencies, and in appellate courts. Despite her extensive litigation and arbitration experience, Ms. Schwartz often finds that, with appropriate counseling and negotiation, extensive litigation can be avoided...

JENNIFER SCHWARTZis a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and heads the individual practice in the San Francisco office. She represents employees exclusively in a wide range of employment matters, including litigation in state and federal trial courts, before administrative agencies, and in appellate courts. Despite her extensive litigation and arbitration experience, Ms. Schwartz often finds that, with appropriate counseling and negotiation, extensive litigation can be avoided. Ms. Schwartz frequently utilizes mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in pursuit of the most favorable outcome for her clients.

Ms. Schwartz’s employment practice focuses on claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and violation of state and federal wage and hour laws. She represents whistleblowers and individuals who have experienced adverse employment action as a result of opposing illegal or unethical corporate practices.

Ms. Schwartz also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment, severance, restrictive covenant, and trade secret agreements. Using Outten & Golden’s depth and breadth of experience with complicated aspects of executive employment arrangements, she provides advice to founders and other employees and professionals at both “start ups” and existing businesses relating to transactional matters, including changes in control, mergers, team moves, and the formation and sale of businesses.

Before joining Outten & Golden LLP, Ms. Schwartz managed her own firm in the San Francisco area, practicing in the areas of employment law and criminal defense. One of her career highlights was obtaining an acquittal at re-trial after appeal for a client wrongfully convicted of a homicide.

Ms. Schwartz employs a highly client-centric approach, carefully considering all aspects of a client’s life and needs in helping develop and implement strategic decisions. She believes that every single client -- without regard to position in life -- deserves a dedicated, compassionate, and tenacious advocate.

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About Jennifer Schwartz

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Violation of State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Other Affiliations

  • Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California (FINRA Arbitrator)
  • Bay Area CABAL, 2015 - Present (Representative at Affiliate Relations Committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) Annual Convention)
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors)
  • Equal Rights Advocates, Litigation Committee (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment section (Member)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • California State Bar, Labor & Employment section (Member)
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Labor & Employment section (Member)
  • Marin County Bar Association, Labor & Employment section (Member)
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association, 2020 - Present (President)

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1988
    J.D.
    Honors: Senior Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • Yale University, 1985
    B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Ecomonics
    Major: Political Science

Pro Bono Activities

  • Marin County Legal Aid Society Employment Law Clinic
  • Women for Women International
  • Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel, Northern District of California

Classes and Seminars

  • Trial College, Trainer, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2015 - Present

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Jennifer Schwartz

Included on the 2024 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Jennifer Schwartz on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2022
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2021
  • Power Player as recognized by the Center for Women in Law, - 2018
  • Top Attorneys In Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), 2014 - 2018
  • Top Women Attorney in Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), 2016 - 2017
  • Super Lawyers: Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, - 2016
  • Top Women Attorneys In Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), - 2014

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Office Information

Address

One California Street12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

Fax

  • 415-638-8810

Office Hours

8:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Publication

Articles

  • Gaming Industry Finally Reckoning With Rampant Sexism and Harassment As Scores of Women Come Forward, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • Supreme Court Decisions Provide a Glimmer of Hope for Racial Justice, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • California Workplaces Open in Stages, Raising New Questions for Employees, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: Understanding Reasonable Accommodation, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2019
  • California Court of Appeals Suggests All Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements Are Unenforceable, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2019
  • Sexual Innuendos and Gossip Can Create a Hostile Work Environment, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2019
  • Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Salary Histories Are Off Limits, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018
  • Jared and Kay Jewelers: When 'Male Camaraderie' Morphs into Toxic Corporate Culture, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Promotion vs. Reality: Are Companies All Talk and No Action Regarding Workplace Gender Equality?, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • About the Google Memo: Legal Imperatives, Moral Imperatives. Oh, and History, Statistics, and Facts, Too., O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Why Men Should be Taking Family Leave in California – and Elsewhere, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • California enacts important new parental leave law, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Nevertheless, We Must Persist: What Roy Moore's Loss Means for Women in the Workplace, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Pushing Back: How Women Can Influence Change in a Male-Dominated Workplace, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Not Much Love in "Bro Love" Culture for Women Working in Tech, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016

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