Jill S. Schwartz

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Winter Park, Florida

Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.
Jill S. Schwartz
Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1985

Education: The University of Maryland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.

655 West Morse Boulevard
Suite 212
Winter Park, FL 32789 Visit website


The managing partner at Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., Jill S. Schwartz focuses her practice on labor and employment law issues. Based in Winter Park, Florida, she provides representation to both companies and employees throughout the greater Orlando metropolitan region and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice in both Florida and Maryland, Ms. Schwartz is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first female Florida attorney to be inducted as a fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Inc.

Her experience representing both employers and employees gives Ms. Schwartz a broad perspective in her practice. The types of cases that she has handled have included hiring and workplace discrimination, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act disputes, and wrongful terminations, and other acts of retaliation against whistleblowers. Ms. Schwartz has also drafted and reviewed employment contracts and noncompete agreements, and she has helped companies in the preparation of employment manuals. In addition to advocating for her clients in the courtroom, she is a certified mediator, and that background often helps her to assist them in seeking to reach an agreement on some of these matters through the alternative dispute resolution method.

A 1982 graduate of what was then known as the University of Maryland School of Law, Ms. Schwartz has received a great deal of recognition from her colleagues for her successful track record, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, she has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Arbitration, Disability, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Labor Law, Mediation, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 1983, Maryland

Professional Webpage: https://www.schwartzlawfirm.net/schwartz/

  • Florida Super Lawyers Top 50 Women
  • “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Florida”, Wall Street Journal
  • “Orlando’s Best Lawyers”, Orlando Magazine
  • “Top Attorneys in Florida”, Wall Street Journal
  • “Community Service Award” from The Orlando Sentinel, 2007
  • “Best Lawyers in Central Florida”
  • Avvo’s highest rating (“Superb”)
  • “Florida’s Legal Elite” (Top 1.6%), Florida Trend magazine
  • “Best Of The Bar” (Top 5%), The Orlando Business Journal
  • Florida Women’s Resource Center with their “Summit Award”
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2010
  • Recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Best Place To Work”
  • Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Florida Trend Magazine as the number one “Best Company to Work For” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Sentinel’s “Corporate Champion Award” in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • The Orlando Sentinel’s “Top 100 Companies for Working Families”
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • AV Peer Review (highest) Rated by Martindale-Hubble
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Orange County Bar Foundation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Middle District of Florida Magistrate Selection Committee, Chair
  • Florida Bar, Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Board of Governors
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Chair
  • Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee, Chairperson
  • Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Past-President
  • Federal Bar Association, National Delegate
  • Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Past-President
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Legal Education Director
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair-Elect
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Past-Chair
  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, Former Chairman
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Credentials Committee for the Eleventh Circuit, Chair
  • State and Federal courts in Maryland
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuits
  • State and Federal courts in Florida
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator/Qualified Arbitrator

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“first class”

Office location for Jill S. Schwartz

655 West Morse Boulevard
Suite 212
Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone: 407-436-7133

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