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.

Ms. Schwartz has been nominated by her peers and selected to “Super Lawyers.” She is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, “The Nation’s Top One Percent.” She is a FINRA arbitrator and has been selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Trial Panel for the Northern District of California. In 2015, she serves as representative for the Bay Area CABAL at the Affiliate Relations Committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) annual convention.  Ms. Schwartz is a member of the California bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988


  • 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 - 1981
    • Major: Ecomonics
    • Major: Political Science


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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Marin County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section; Criminal Law section)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Counsel (NACDL)
  • California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section

Pro Bono Activities

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