Jeffrey A. “Jake” Schwartz is a Shareholder in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He joined the firm in 2006 after moving from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he practiced labor and employment law for more than seventeen years. Within the field of labor and employment law, Mr. Schwartz was recognized in 2008 – 2013 in “Best Lawyers in America,” and as “Super Lawyer” for Louisiana in 2009 – 2013.
Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience in both traditional labor and employment law. The cases he handles include a variety of state and federal court claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contracts and employment related torts. Mr. Schwartz is an experienced trial lawyer and regularly handles cases before federal and state agencies, judges and juries. In January, 2006, he successfully argued an important employment case before the United States Supreme Court. He is also committed to early case analysis that seeks to prevent lawsuits or to dispose of them early in the litigation. Mr. Schwartz is also recognized for his experience and counsel in matters related to non-competition agreements, trade secrets, employment contracts, and wage and hour matters.
Mr. Schwartz has represented management in numerous counter-organizing drives and participated in dozens of unfair labor practice proceedings and other matters before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Schwartz has participated as the lead spokesperson in collective bargaining and has assisted employers with strike preparation and strikes. Mr. Schwartz has handled numerous arbitration cases. Mr. Schwartz has been an active member of firm teams assisting employers in responding to corporate campaigns and demands for card check and neutrality.
To assist employers in avoiding expensive employment related lawsuits and claims, Mr. Schwartz regularly presents training programs for managers and executives. He also assists employers in developing workplace policies and practices which maximize positive employee relations and act as effective risk management strategies for the workplace. Mr. Schwartz is regularly called upon by clients to guide them with discharge/discipline issues, workplace investigations and other sensitive employment related problems for both union and non-union employers.
Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Louisiana. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals; the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia and Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana.
Mr. Schwartz received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He earned his J.D., with Distinction, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989, where he was a Winner of the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Participant in New Orleans Metropolitan Area Committee, Leadership Program, 1993
- President, New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 2005-2006
- Selected for inclusion in 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers
- Selected for inclusion in 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers
- Selected to Best Lawyers in America for 2013