Wisdom: When we advocate for the rights of employees — whether negotiating, litigating, or strategizing — we rely on deep knowledge, vigor, and always, wisdom.”
is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and heads the individuals representation 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, arbitration, before administrative agencies, and in appellate courts.
Ms. Schwartz’s practice focuses on claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and violation of state and federal wage and hour laws. She also represents whistleblowers and individuals who have experienced adverse employment action as a result of opposing illegal or unethical corporate practices. Her deep experience with discrimination and retaliation includes matters involving race, disability, ethnic origin and religious discrimination. Her passion for advancing the cause of women in the workplace has given her the opportunity to represent an uncountable number of women – from the C-suite to the assembly line – in an effort to remediate all forms of gender discrimination. She also represents clients in contract disputes, commission and bonus claims.
An experienced and hard-driving trial lawyer, Ms. Schwartz has litigated a wide variety of matters in court and arbitration. She will leave no stone unturned in seeking a winning outcome.
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 also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment, severance, restrictive covenant, confidentiality and trade secret agreements. She provides advice to founders, leadership team members and other employees and professionals at both “start ups” and established businesses relating to transactional matters, including employment and equity agreements, changes in control, and IPO’s. .
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 has been rated regionally and nationally by Northern California Super Lawyers, Avvo, Center for Women in Law as a "Power Player", and San Francisco Magazine, Top Attorneys In Northern California.
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.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)
Bar Admissions & Professional Activities
Ms. Schwartz is admitted to practice law only in New York and California.
Ms. Schwartz is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California; and the Central District of California; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Section, Marin County Bar Association, 2021
President of the Board of Directors, Marin Trial Lawyers Association, 2020-21
FINRA arbitrator, selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California.
Board of Directors, Marin Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Litigation Committee, Equal Rights Advocates
Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment section
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Member, California State Bar, Labor & Employment section
Member, San Francisco Bar Association, Labor & Employment section
Member, Marin County Bar Association, Labor & Employment section
Member, CABAL (Northern California’s subgroup of the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Association). Served as CABAL’s liaison to the NELA annual conference on two occasions.
- Speaker: "Sex Discrimination, Sexual Orientation, And Gender Identity," NELA 2019 Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA
Publications & Articles
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The current chaos in our lives includes a pandemic that has put over twenty million people out of work and the seemingly unceasing killing of Black...
While the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to pose a health risk across the U.S., Governor Gavin Newsom plans to reopen the California economy in four...
Over the last decade, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received an average of 3,573 charges of religious discrimination under...
California has a strong public policy, codified in Section 16600 of the Business & Professions Code and repeatedly recognized by courts, that...
"U.S.A.! Equal Pay! Equal Pay!" These chants from the crowd after the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) won the World Cup became the rallying...
Being the subject of malicious gossip or innuendo in the workplace can sabotage your relationships with coworkers and impede your career prospects...
A few weeks ago, the California state legislature passed a bill that unequivocally prohibits employers from using an employee's prior salary, even in...
Although Doug Jones' victory over Roy Moore in Alabama last week was by the smallest of margins (Jones won by just 0.5 percent), we can view this as...
Awards & Recognition
2021-2022: Best Lawyers: Employment Law - Individuals and Litigation - Labor and Employment
2014-2021: Northern California Super Lawyers
2016, 2019: Northern California Women's Edition Super Lawyers
2014-2018: San Francisco Magazine, Top Attorneys In Northern California
2018: Ms. Schwartz was recognized by the Center for Women in Law as a “Power Player.”
2014, 2016 and 2017: San Francisco Magazine, Top Women Attorneys In Northern California