Sam Schwartz-Fenwick Named One of the Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40


Seyfarth Shaw’s Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment department in Chicago, was selected as one of the Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2019 by the National LGBT Bar Association. The Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2019 will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in conjunction with the 2019 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.

Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes 40 LGBTQ+ legal professionals (practicing lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, members of the judiciary, politicians, etc.) under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. For more information click here.

Schwartz-Fenwick defends complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In the class action realm, he has defended various types of claims, including claims for benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) fee litigation. He regularly assists in the defense of complex litigation matters brought under the National Labor Relations Act, and represents clients in hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and in grievance arbitrations. Schwartz-Fenwick also represents clients in litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Schwartz-Fenwick leads the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group and is a member of the executive committee of United Pride. He is also the president of the board of Unsilence, a human rights educational organization.

The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. You can read more here.