JENNIFER SCHWARTZ is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and leads the practice in its San Francisco office representing individual employees. She is a member of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group as well as the Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group. Ms. Schwartz has more than twenty-five years of experience practicing in the areas of employment law and criminal defense. She has extensive trial, arbitration, and mediation experience with great success in all three forums. 

Ms. Schwartz represents executives, including C-Suite and other senior management, attorneys, physicians, venture capital and private equity partners, hedge fund managers and other employees, in a wide variety of employment matters, ranging from wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims to the negotiation of employment, severance, restrictive covenant, and trade secret agreements. Ms. Schwartz is a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law. She completed her third year of law school at Stanford School of Law.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Northern California since 2013.



Jennifer Schwartz talks discusses the Individual Practice Group

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 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.

Ms. Schwartz has been nominated by her peers and selected to “Super Lawyers.” She is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, “The Nation’s Top One Percent.” She is a FINRA arbitrator and has been selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California. In 2015, she serves as representative for the Bay Area CABAL at the Affiliate Relations Committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) annual convention. Ms. Schwartz is a member of the New York and California bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and the Central District of California.

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Awards and Recognition

  • San Francisco Magazine, Top Women Attorneys In Northern California
  • Super Lawyers: Top Women Attorney in Northern California
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers


  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers


  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers