- Jason Schwartz
Secretary, RLC – Partner
Jason C. Schwartz is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, co-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, and General Counsel of the law firm. 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.” Jason 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 2018 and 2017. The Labor & Employment Practice Group he co-heads was also named an Employment Practice Group of the Year for 2018 and 2011-16 and a 2015 Labor & Employment All-Star by Law360, and was recognized as the nation’s top employment group by The American Lawyer in 2012.
Jason’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.
Jason 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.
Jason 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.
Jason is the Secretary of the Retail Litigation Center, 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 by Bloomberg BNA.