Jennifer Schwartz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Outten & Golden LLP
 | One California Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-638-8800
Fax: 415-638-8810
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

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.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor
  • 50%Employment Litigation
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About Jennifer Schwartz

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Ms. Schwartz was recognized by the Center for Women in Law as a “Power Player.”, Power Player, Center for Women in Law, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • She served as representative for the Bay Area CABAL at the Affiliate Relations Committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) annual convention., 2015
  • FINRA arbitrator, selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • A few weeks ago, the California state legislature passed a bill that unequivocally prohibits employers from using an employee's prior salary, even in combination with legitimate factors, to justify a gender- and race-based pay differential for performing the same or similar work. The new legislation, which California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on July 18th, reflects a welcome trend both at the federal and state levels to combat a common pay practice that has perpetuated the gender pay gap for decades: basing new employee compensation on the applicant's salary history..., Co-author, Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Salary Histories Are Off Limits, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Yale University, B.A., Cum laude, 1981
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Office Location for Jennifer Schwartz

One California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-638-8800

Fax: 415-638-8810

Jennifer Schwartz:

Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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