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Stefani C Schwartz, Esq.

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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.

Minimizing Liability

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.

Protecting Her Clients’ Interests

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.

Stellar Reputation Both in and Out of the Courtroom

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.

Giving Back

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.

Education:

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1996
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996
  • Florida, 1997
  • United States District Court, District of Florida, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002

Professional Memberships:

  • Association of the Federal Bar
  • The New Jersey District Court Historical Society
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey
  • State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), New Jersey State Chair and Chair, Professional Liability-Employment Practice
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Board Member and Co-Chair, Judicial Outreach and Endorsements
  • The Provident Bank Advisory Council

Professional and Civic Service Recognitions:

  • New Jersey “Super Lawyer,” Employment and Labor, 2014 and 2015
  • “Best Fifty Women in Business”, NJBIZ , 2012
  • Featured in the New Jersey Law Journal’s and NJBIZ’s “Forty Under 40” Annual Publications

Publications:

  • “Drafting Enforceable Severance Agreements,” New Jersey Lawyer, December 2014; Co-author.

Presentations:

  • “Legal Updates and NJPDES Association of Environmental Authorities”, 2014
  • “In the Door and Out: Best Practice for Hiring, Firing and Discipline” hosted by The Association of Environmental Authority of New Jersey (AEA) Annual Meeting, 2013
  • “Professional and Ethical Implications of Gender Bias in the Practice of Law” hosted by the Essex County Bar Foundation, 2013
    • Panelist on issues on civility, gender neutrality in practice, inclusion at all levels from Legal Education through the upper levels of management.
  • “Professional Liability – The Power of Social Media – The Practical and Legal Issues Associated with Social Media as it Pertains to Employees”, Annual Conference of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), 2013
  • “MUNICIPAL – Employment Liability – Public and Private Entities: Case Evaluation and Claims Handling”, League of Municipalities AEA Conference, 2012
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