Sam M.Schwartz-Fenwick



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Sam defends complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits under ERISA.

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Sam is well-versed in benefits-related litigation 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.

In addition to his ERISA litigation practice, Sam has significant experience in general employment matters. He regularly assists in the defense of complex litigation matters brought under the National Labor Relations Act, and represents clients in collective bargaining, in hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and in grievance arbitrations. Sam represents clients in litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act. He also provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, especially as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sam speaks nationwide and publishes regularly on a variety of employment law and litigation topics, and issues regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. He has serves as a Senior Editor to Employee Benefits Law (ABA), and developed in conjunction with Equality Illinois a best practices guide for Illinois employers on LGBT inclusion.

Sam leads the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group. He is a member of the executive committee of United Pride, and the executive vice president of his synagogue.

  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

    Cum laude

  • BA, Tufts University

    Summa cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

  • Illinois