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Jennifer Schwartz - Employment Lawyer San Francisco Bay Area CA

Wisdom: When we advocate for the rights of employees — whether negotiating, litigating, or strategizing — we rely on deep knowledge, vigor, and always, wisdom.

Jennifer Schwartz


JENNIFER SCHWARTZ is 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 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.)



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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.

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Outten & Golden LLP partner Jenny Schwartz discusses importance of protecting employee rights

San Francisco partner Jennifer Schwartz discusses the firm's Individual Practice Group and protecting the rights of employees.

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Speaking Engagements


  • Speaker: "Sex Discrimination, Sexual Orientation, And Gender Identity," NELA 2019 Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA
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Publications & Articles

Supreme Court Decisions Provide a Glimmer of Hope for Racial Justice

Jennifer Schwartz and Sally Abrahamson, O&G Employment Law Blog, June 22, 2020

California Court of Appeals Suggests All Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements Are Unenforceable

Co-authored Jennifer Schwartz and Kerry C. Zaroogian, O&G Employment Law Blog, October 14, 2019

Sexual Innuendos and Gossip Can Create a Hostile Work Environment

Jennifer Schwartz and Erin Pressman, O&G Employment Law Blog, August 19, 2019

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Salary Histories Are Off Limits

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, July 19, 2018

California Enacts Important New Parental Leave Law

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law blog, October 20, 2017

Why Men Should be Taking Family Leave in California – and Elsewhere

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, August 18, 2017

Pushing Back: How Women Can Influence Change in a Male-Dominated Workplace

Jennifer Schwartz, O&G Employment Law Blog, October 31, 2016

Not Much Love in "Bro Love" Culture for Women Working in Tech

Jennifer Schwartz, O&G Employment Law Blog, July 8, 2016

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Awards & Recognition

  • 2021: Best Lawyers

  • 2014-2020: 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

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