David E. Schwartz serves as global head of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Group. He advises clients on a full spectrum of employment-related issues.


Mr. Schwartz regularly represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies and courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. His litigation experience includes defense of retaliation, discrimination, wage/hour, breach of contract and fraud claims, including potential class actions. He also regularly represents clients in cases concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants and breaches of fiduciary duties.

Mr. Schwartz often advises clients on non-litigation matters. In particular, he has worked with clients to:

  • conduct internal investigations;
  • implement non-harassment policies;
  • create compensation programs;
  • negotiate employment and separation agreements;
  • negotiate collective bargaining agreements; and
  • implement reduction-in-force plans.

Mr. Schwartz also advises clients in connection with business transactions, including restructurings. His work in this area involves, among other things, the development and implementation of strategies to retain key executives and professionals.

Mr. Schwartz has represented a wide array of clients, ranging from new ventures to multinational corporations including, among many others, BlackRock, Inc.; BTG Pactual; Christie’s Inc.; Citigroup Inc.; Credit Suisse; C.V. Starr & Co.; DaimlerChrysler AG; Deloitte LLP; Dresdner Bank AG; Duff & Phelps Corp.; DuPont; Fortress Investment Group; Home Box Office, Inc.; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Kinetic Concepts, Inc.; Mars, Incorporated; Practising Law Institute; Rite Aid Corporation; UGL Limited; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; Van Cleef & Arpels, Inc.; Veritas Capital; and Virgin Mobile USA.

Mr. Schwartz repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has been named in Best Lawyers in America and was repeatedly named a top corporate employment attorney by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive.

Speaking Engagements

Co-presenter, “Troubleshooting Executive Employment Agreements: A Guide for the Busy General Counsel,” Bloomberg BNA, June 4, 2015



  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1994 (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1989 (cum laude)


  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New Jersey


Board Member, Legal Services NYC

David E. Schwartz

Partner, Labor and Employment Law