Jill S. Schwartz, Esquire, is Of Counsel to Sass Law Firm. Ms. Schwartz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. After completing a Judicial Clerkship in Maryland, Ms. Schwartz was hired by the Special Litigation Division of the United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Ms. Schwartz has received the highest rating, AV, and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Ms. Schwartz has been active in the litigation of employment discrimination cases in various federal and state courts, and has significant experience in all aspects of the practice of employment law.
She has handled employment litigation under the Florida Civil Rights Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as whistleblower actions, employment-related torts and civil rights matters. Additionally, she is an author and a frequent lecturer on employment law topics for The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center. She was selected as the monthly columnist for a national magazine, Venture Woman, regarding workplace issues and has appeared in Smart Money, The Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Orlando Sentinel and The Orlando Business Journal. From July 2004 until July 2005, Ms. Schwartz was a monthly columnist in the “Ask The Legal Professional” section of The Orlando Business Journal.
As a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Ms. Schwartz concentrates on resolving employment litigation matters. She is also a Certified Appellate Mediator for the Fifth District Court of Appeal. She has continued to attend and conduct seminars on alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Schwartz mediates litigation pending in the United States District Courts and Florida State Courts. She also conducts pre-suit mediation. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz was selected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the United States Postal Service to mediate employment matters for these agencies. Ms. Schwartz is a Certified Arbitrator and has served as an instructor for the Supreme Court of Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Arbitration Certification Training and The Florida Bar.
Ms. Schwartz is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in Florida and in Maryland, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Law and Leading Attorneys publication as a Leading American Attorney in the areas of Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2002, Ms. Schwartz was selected as Small Business Person of the Year by the Seminole County Lake Mary Chamber of Commerce. Since 2004, Ms. Schwartz has been named “Best Of The Bar” (Top 5%) by The Orlando Business Journal, one of Florida’s Legal Elite (Top 1.6%) by Florida Trend magazine and has been included in Florida’s Super Lawyers. From 2005-2010 Ms. Schwartz has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in Central Florida” by Orlando Magazine.
In 2005, Ms. Schwartz became the first female attorney from the State of Florida to be inducted into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a national, professional organization dedicated to recognizing sustained outstanding performance in the practice of labor and employment law by practitioners who exemplify integrity, dedication and excellence.
Jill S. Schwartz is past Chair of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section. In 2004, Ms. Schwartz was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to a four-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Fifth District Court of Appeal. In December 2004, Ms. Schwartz was appointed to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to reconsider the appointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Karla R. Spaulding. Ms. Schwartz served a three-year term (2004-2007) on The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Council. In 2006, she was elected Secretary/Treasurer of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section. A member of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in 2006, Ms. Schwartz was elected as First Vice President/President-Elect. Since 1995, Ms. Schwartz has been a member of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, serving as Vice President (1998-1999) and President (2000-2001). Ms. Schwartz previously served as Chair (2000-2001) and Vice Chair (1999-2000) of the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee. She is currently a member of the First Central Florida American Inn of Court and the Voile A. Williams, Jr., American Inns of Court.
Ms. Schwartz also serves as a Vice-Chair for The Florida Bar Foundation Life Fellows Program. In 2000, Ms. Schwartz was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Orange County Bar Foundation, Inc. and was appointed by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar to a three-year term on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, which was completed in 1998. Since 1996, Ms. Schwartz has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem representing the rights of abused and neglected children in the judicial process. Ms. Schwartz currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Comforter as well as supporting many charitable interests throughout Central Florida.
In 2010, the firm of Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A. was recognized as the Corporate Champion by the Orlando Sentinel for having the number one rated business for working families. The firm has been listed in the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Family Friendly businesses since 2002.