Stefani Schwartz has devoted her legal career to representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. She is a leading practitioner in the field whose advice is often sought after.
No matter the size of the company, or whether it is a public or private entity, Stefani dedicates herself to counseling her clients and ensuring that proper and effective employment polices are in place. In-house counsel, human resource professionals and risk managers alike look to her for assistance in hiring, firing, and disciplining employees. In addition, employers rely on her knowledge of and experience providing compliance counseling with issues relating to discrimination, harassment, leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, and restrictive covenants. Stefani also has an expertise and is called upon to conduct internal investigations in a timely and efficient manner.
If the client is involved in litigation they can rest assured that Stefani possesses the experience and results one might expect from a leading attorney. Stefani has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal court proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (“DCR”). She has several reported cases and has been successful with jury and non-jury trials. As the Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment section, she prides herself on the success of her team.
Stefani is an active member of the legal and non-legal community, serving on many boards and committees for nonprofit organizations, banks and professional associations. She is regularly asked to speak on areas such as sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, employment policies and handbooks, and employment law at seminars and conferences throughout the state.
Stefani was featured and honored in 2012 by NJBIZ as one of the “Best Fifty Women in Business”. Beginning in 2012 she was named a “Rising Star” then ultimately, since that time to the present a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Furthermore, in 2015 she was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers by the “Super Lawyers” publication.
Stefani is motivated by more than professional accolades, she is dedicated to supporting women and most recently served in 2014 as the North Jersey Chair, American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Luncheon. She also founded the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Program and plays a significant role in the Firm’s Diversity Council.
Work life balance is important to many of the employers Stefani counsels, but she is a strong advocate as well. She is the number one fan of her children and their active participation in year round sports, and she also enjoys competitive horse show jumping, a passion she has enjoyed for many years.