Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

San Francisco, California

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.)

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Violation of State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Senior Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • Yale University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1985
    • Major: Ecomonics
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works


  • Trial College, Trainer, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2015 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Power Player as recognized by the Center for Women in Law
  • Top Attorneys In Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), 2014 - 2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018
  • Top Women Attorney in Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), 2016 - 2017
  • Super Lawyers: Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Top Women Attorneys In Northern California (San Francisco Magazine)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California, FINRA Arbitrator
  • Bay Area CABAL, Representative at Affiliate Relations Committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) Annual Convention, 2015 - Present
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Equal Rights Advocates, Litigation Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment section, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • California State Bar, Labor & Employment section, Member
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Labor & Employment section, Member
  • Marin County Bar Association, Labor & Employment section, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Marin County Legal Aid Society Employment Law Clinic
  • Women for Women International
  • Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel, Northern District of California


  • English
  • Spanish