Philanthropy and Community Involvement

Since 2002, each year the firm has been selected as The Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families, receiving Corporate Champion honors in 2010, 2011, 2012 and recently honored as the first Hall of Fame inductee. In addition, the firm has been chosen by Florida Trend Magazine as the number one, “Best Company to Work For” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Ms. Schwartz was honored by the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center as a Summit Award recipient for outstanding philanthropic contribution to her community. In 2007, the firm received the prestigious Community Service Award from The Orlando Sentinel. In 2002, Ms. Schwartz was selected as Small Business Person of the Year by the Seminole County Lake Mary Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz was named “Best Of The Bar” (Top 5%) by The Orlando Business Journal and one of Florida’s Legal Elite (Top 1.6%) by Florida Trend magazine. Ms. Schwartz has also been named one of the “Best Lawyers in Central Florida” and “Orlando’s Best Lawyers” by Orlando Magazine and included in “Florida Super Lawyers” and “Florida Super Lawyers Top 50 Women.”

Ms. Schwartz served as Chair of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section. In 2005, Ms. Schwartz was inducted into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which is the highest recognition by her colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in her profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Mrs. Schwartz was the first woman in the State of Florida to be inducted into the College. In 2010, Ms. Schwartz was appointed Chair of the Ocala Magistrate Selection Panel and also served on the 2010 Commission to the Improve Civil Justice System. In 2004, Ms. Schwartz was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to a four-year term on the Fifth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission, and served as its Chair. In December, 2004, Ms. Schwartz was appointed to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to reconsider the appointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Karla R. Spaulding. Ms. Schwartz is a past-President of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served as a National Delegate of the Federal Bar Association. In 2000 - 2001, she served as President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. In 2000 - 2001, she was also selected to be Chairperson of the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee. In 2000, Ms. Schwartz was appointed to serve a two year term on the Orange County Bar Foundation. She was appointed by the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar to a three-year term on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, which was completed in 1998. Ms. Schwartz currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orlando Ballet and Harbor House of Central Florida and previously served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of the Comforter and American Heart Association.