Joan M. Swartz

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Maplewood, MO

Law Office of Joan M. Swartz
 | 3348 Greenwood Boulevard, Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone: 314-471-2032
Fax: 314-270-8103
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016, 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Joan M. Swartz is a business and employment law attorney in Maplewood, Missouri. The managing partner of the Law Offices of Joan M. Swartz, she has over 30 years of experience in business litigation involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and other employment-related legal issues, as well as in environmental law. She represents clients throughout metropolitan St. Louis and the surrounding counties.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Swartz has represented business clients, including individuals, corporations, partnerships and public entities. She has litigation experience in state and federal court and at the trial and appellate levels and is a trained mediator through United States Arbitration & Mediation.

    A member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Ms. Swartz has served in several leadership roles for the association, including president, vice president and treasurer. She is also a former president of the Saint Louis Bar Foundation and active in the American Bar Association, the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation and Angel Tree Project of McDonald County.

    In recognition of her accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell granted Ms. Swartz an AV Preeminent* rating, their highest. She has also received numerous service and merit awards from Missouri legal organizations. She has authored numerous articles for legal publications and is frequently invited to lecture for professional organizations.

    Ms. Swartz earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. She holds licenses to practice before all Missouri state courts and several federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the Supreme Court of Missouri, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    *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
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 30%Business/Corporate
    • 30%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination


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    About Joan Swartz

    Admitted: 1987, Missouri

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    • Peer nominated for continued bar service and outstanding achievement in practice area-employment litigation, Influential Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers' Weekly, 2016
    • Recipient, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, YLD Award of Merit 1998;Recipient, Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Chair Award for Outstanding Service 1995;Appointed, Trustee of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District by the late George “Buzz” Westfall, October 8, 2002-February 2005;Former St. Louis City Board Member, American Cancer Society;Former Guest Lecturer, American Red Cross;Former Guest Lecturer, Multiple Sclerosis Society;Former Chair, Career Day for Rosati Kain High School, 1995-1997;Former Chair BAMSL Literacy Committee;

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Editorial Board, General PracticeMember of House of DelegatesMissouri Young Lawyers' Section Representative, 1997-2000Young Lawyers’ Division, Member of House of Delegates, 1993-1999Elected to Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section District IX Representative, 1994-1998
    • Missouri IOLTA Board, St. Louis Representative, 2004 to present
    • United States Mediation and Arbitration – Midwest Trained Mediator, Member of United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest Panel, 2001 – present
    • BAMSL YLD Habitat for Humanity Project Chair, 1996-1997
    • United States Supreme Court, 1996
    • Project Angeltree Co-Chair, 1997-2002; Chair Emeritus 2002-present
    • St. Louis Bar Foundation President, 2003-2004Past President, 2004-2005
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis President, 2002-2003President-Elect, 2001-2002Vice President, 2000-2001Treasurer, 1999-2000Secretary, 1998-1999Member Representative to Executive Committee, 1997-1998Member, Board of Governors, 1995-2004
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1989
    • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1988
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 1997
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1987
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1988
    • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1987
    • Elected Distrct 9 Representative to Missouri Bar Board of Governors, 2010 to present Appointed ABA General Practice Solo Small Firm Council, 2019 to present Elected Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis ABA Delegate 2016-2019 Member BAMSL Executive Committee 2018-2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Founding Board Member, David Long Foundation Founding Board Member, Confluence Inc. Mediation Service 2015-2018, Member St. Francis Community Services Board 2010-2018, Member Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Board

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, Civil Practice 1994-2000
    • Co-Author, First Statewide Domestic Violence Handbook published by Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Division“Tax Treatment of Environmental Clean-Up Costs”, Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, Volume 4, No. 3, 1997St. Louis Lawyer, President's Page 2002-2003 St. Louis Bar Journal, President's Page 2002-2003National Business Institute Seminar, Advanced LLC Issues in Missouri, Author 'Case Law Pertaining to LLCs' and 'Ethical Issues Related to Representing LLCs', July 2005;Speaker and Moderator UMKC 15 Hour Review of Law, 2003-presentSpeaker United States Arbitration and Mediation Seminar, 'Representing Employees in Arbitration and Mediation', April 2005;Speaker Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, 'Current Issues in ADR', June 2002;Frequent Guest Speaker, U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, performed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2002 – present.


    • Buchman v. Terminix
    • Tsai v. Orkin

    Representative Clients:

    • Optima HeartCare, Inc.
    • Weber Fire and Safety Equipment Company, Inc.
    • Advanced Integrated Technologies Group, Inc.

    Educational Background:

    • Saint Louis University, Class of 1984, A.B.
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    3348 Greenwood Boulevard
    Maplewood, MO 63143

    Phone: 314-471-2032

    Fax: 314-270-8103

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