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Jason C. Schwartz is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and its five-member Management Committee. He was named one of the top five “MVPs” in employment law for 2016 and 2012, awarded by Law360 to “attorneys whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.” He is Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, which was named an Employment Practice Group of the Year for 2011-16 and a 2015 Labor and Employment All-Star by Law360 and which was recognized as the nation’s top employment group by The American Lawyer in 2012. He was recently profiled in The National Law Journal when it recognized our Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment Practice as L&E Litigation Department of the Year in 2017 and in 2018. He also serves as the firm’s General Counsel.
Mr. Schwartz’s practice includes sensitive workplace investigations, high-profile trade secret and non-compete matters, wage-hour and discrimination class actions, Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower protection claims, executive and other significant employment disputes, labor union controversies, and workplace safety litigation. In 2017, Am Law Litigation Daily named Mr. Schwartz Litigator of the Week for his win in an independent contractor misclassification/wage-and-hour class action. In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Schwartz was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “Top Lawyers” in Employment Defense. He has been recognized for the past several years in labor and employment by Chambers USA, which stated, “Clients note: He’s an excellent litigator with a good sense of the client’s needs in a business environment. He’s just a pleasure to work with. He’s disciplined, a great writer and gets great results.’” He has also been recognized as one of the top five “Rising Stars” in employment law by Law360, in the Best Lawyers in America in the Employment Law-Management category, as a Super Lawyer by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, on The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys list/Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers published by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive magazine, as a leading individual in labor and employment disputes by The Legal 500 US, and as a Rising Star by Euromoney Expert Guides.
Mr. Schwartz has litigated employment and trade secret matters in state and federal courts and administrative forums throughout the country, as well as in arbitration, has represented clients before federal, state and local regulatory agencies and has conducted sensitive internal investigations. Recent representative matters include:
Mr. Schwartz has also successfully tried several sensitive whistleblower matters for major national employers, and he prevailed in a precedent-setting Labor Department appeal of one of the first Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower cases to proceed to trial. In a case of first impression, he successfully argued in the Utah Supreme Court against the recognition of a tort for spoliation of evidence. In addition, he served as lead trial counsel for a retailer in a highly-publicized OSHA enforcement action relating to crowd control at a day-after-Thanksgiving sale.
Mr. Schwartz also has significant experience in administrative law and rulemakings. He served as counsel to the Fair Labor Standards Reform Coalition, and he played a leading role in preparing comments on behalf of the business community relating to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime exemption regulations.
Mr. Schwartz is the Secretary of the Retail Litigation Center and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee, and he testified before Congress regarding OSHA enforcement programs on behalf of the U.S. Chamber. He frequently speaks and writes on employment law and trade secret related topics. He is the co-author of the treatise Whistleblower Law: A Practitioner’s Guide, published by American Lawyer Media/Law Journal Press, as well as the annual “Trade Secrets Litigation Round-Up” published in BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.
Mr. Schwartz earned his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and received the George Brent Mickum III Prize and the Charles A. Keigwin Award for the best academic record in first year courses. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Schwartz worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jon D. Fox. Mr. Schwartz received a B.A. degree in international affairs cum laude in 1994 from The George Washington University.
Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, as well as in numerous federal courts. He served for many years as an officer and board member of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, currently serves as a member of the Washington Lawyers Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and provides pro bono employment counsel to numerous community organizations.
Georgetown University - 1998 Juris Doctor
The George Washington University - 1994 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar