Joseph A. Schwachter began his career as a litigator with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for briefing and arguing unfair employment practice cases in federal appellate courts throughout the country. He has since developed a practice that specializes in appearing before the NLRB and in litigating claims for wrongful termination, employment discrimination and sexual harassment.

He also practices before state and federal administrative agencies and has significant experience with:

  • Wage and hour litigation
  • Arbitrations
  • Mediations
  • Jury trials
  • Union issues

Additionally, Joseph regularly trains managers on managing within the law and how to get the most of the employees they supervise.

Joseph has been quoted on a myriad of employment-related issues in national periodicals and frequently lectures around the country and overseas on employment-related issues, including wrongful termination, harassment litigation and minimizing exposure to litigation.

The diverse group of clients with which Joseph works most frequently spans the following industries:

  • Print and broadcast media
  • Biotech companies
  • Health care employers
  • Private screening companies
  • Food processors
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Real estate and property management employers
  • Doctors
  • Nonprofits
  • Restaurants
  • Unionized employers
  • Interior design companies

In law school, Joseph was executive editor of the Law Review.


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

Who's Who Legal

2012 and 2013

Named, Management Labour and Employment

Who's Who Legal


Speaking Engagements

Bay Area Breakfast Briefing Series - San Francisco

January 30, 2019

2017 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

January 26, 2017


  • J.D., Cleveland State University, 1976
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1973

Foro di appartenenza

District of Columbia