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Charlotte H. Schwartz


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202-496-0555 Fax

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Charlotte Schwartz believes in equal rights and fair treatment in the workplace, including the right to organize for change.

Charlotte joined James & Hoffman in 2022. She represents workers and their unions in state and federal court, international tribunals, and numerous agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center, and the Public Employee Rights Board, as well as in arbitration, collective bargaining, and internal union governance. She has litigated cases involving Title VII and state and local anti-discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the False Claims Act, and breach of contract and other common law claims.

Recently, Ms. Schwartz has

  • Served as part of trial team that won a jury verdict on a sexual harassment claim on behalf of a DCPS social worker, representing the largest jury award against the District on such a claim in years. Doe v. District of Columbia (D.D.C. 2023).
  • Argued an appeal in the Federal Circuit on behalf of workers owed unpaid pandemic unemployment compensation.
  • Successfully represented a federal employee in an EEOC hearing.
  • Represented Starbucks workers falsely accused of crimes; defeated company’s motion to dismiss on preemption grounds and motion to compel arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwartz worked at a non-profit where she authored briefs filed in the Supreme Court and courts of appeals across the country on a wide range of issues, from unconstitutional forced labor practices, to police accountability, to LGBTQ+ equality.

Previously, Ms. Schwartz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Beverly B. Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as a Heyman Fellow in Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office. While in the Senate, Ms. Schwartz did substantial work on the first impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, prepared the Senator for numerous judicial nomination hearings, and helped write legislation and engage in oversight of issues pertaining to immigration and labor, gender justice, antitrust, and transportation network companies, among other areas.

Ms. Schwartz graduated from Yale Law School in 2019, where she litigated voting rights cases as the student director of the Rule of Law Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in history, with First Class Honors, from McGill University.

Ms. Schwartz is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia. She lives in the District with her partner and their cats.