Jennifer M.  Schwartzott, Partner

Direct Dial: 585-263-9522

Practice Focus:
Jennifer is a litigator, and has substantial experience litigating matters in State, Federal and Administrative courts, including representing parties in complex multi-party litigation and class actions.  To that end, Jennifer is extremely proficient in all aspects of fact and expert discovery; depositions; motion practice; and trial strategy and practice.  Jennifer regularly appears in court to argue dispositive motions, and has also argued cases before the appellate courts in New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  

Jennifer focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice claims of behalf of hospitals, physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants and other medical providers; labor and employment law claims on behalf of public and private employers, including discrimination claims; and toxic tort claims, including claims relating to mold, lead-based paint, and environmental contaminants, on behalf of premises owners. 

Jennifer also represents school districts in all facets of their operation, including, but not limited to, issues relating to: student and employee discipline; contract interpretation and negotiations; FERPA; student residency; interpretation of school policies and procedures; regulatory compliance; and budget issues.  
Prior to joining Osborn, Reed & Burke, LLP, Jennifer was a litigation associate for nine years at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. in Baltimore, Maryland.  While at Miles & Stockbridge, Jennifer obtained significant victories for her clients that ranged from large multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals.  In 2010, Jennifer returned to Western New York, where she grew up, to raise her children and be closer to her family.  Before leaving Baltimore, Jennifer taught Legal Writing as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Bar Admissions:
  • Maryland, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2003
  • New York, 2010
  • Ithaca College, BA, Magna Cum Laude, 1998
  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD, With Honors, 2001
Court Admissions:
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United State District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of the District of Columbia
  • United States Appellate Court for the District of the District of Columbia
 Awards & Commendations:
  • The Daily Record's Top Women in the Law, 2016
  • New York Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Maryland Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” 2009, 2010
  • William P. Cummingham Award, 2001
  • Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, Notes and Comments Editor
Professional/Civic Activities:
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (“GRAWA”)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section Committee
Speaking Engagements:
  • "Guidance for School Districts on Transgender Students," Monroe County School Boards Association's Fall Law Conference (2016)
  • "Honing & Perfecting Your Legal Writing Skills," Monroe County Bar Association (2016)
  • “Ethical, Moral and Legal Issues Facing Dentists,” Eastman Dental School (2013)
  • “Future of ‘Green Claims,’” Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Washington, DC (2009)
  • "Green Buildings: What Does It Mean to be Certified,"Greater Baltimore Technology Committee Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland (2009) 
  • "Mold: Old (News) or Gold (Mine)?," Commercial Real Estate Women ("CREW") Baltimore, Maryland (2004) 
  • “Construction Defect & Mold Litigation,” Atlantic Builders Group (2004) 
  • "Preventing Mold Claims: Prudent Investments Reap Savings," Maryland Multi-Housing Council, Baltimore, Maryland (2002)
Published Articles:
  • "A Break for Manufactures in Maryland Emissions Law,” Law360 (July 2009)
  • "The Trend Continues: Mold Legislation Continues to Fade in 2006," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (September 2006)
  • "Inching Towards Prudence: Mold Legislation Evolves (a little!) in 2005," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (August 2005) 
  • "An Interest in Mold Finally Blossoms in the Medical Community," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (April 2005) 
  • "Physicians Endorse Institute of Medicine Study," – The Voice of Commercial Real Estate (March 2005)
  • "Sound the Alarm: The Wildfire of Mold Legislation Continues to Spread," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (September 2004)
  • "Don't Test: Just Clean It Up!" Mealey's Litigation Report (March 2004)
  • "Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning: The Medical Profession's Prescription for the Admissibility of Expert Testimony," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (November 2003)
  • "Manufacturers Beware: The Epidemic of Mold Litigation Hitting the United States is Coming After You Next!" Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (December 2002)
  • "The Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act: Congress' First Crack at Federal Mold Legislation," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (October 2002)
  • "Toxic? Schmoxic! It's Just Good Old Mold,"Defense Research Institute, For The Defense (August 2002)
  • "Eleven States and Counting: Mold Legislation Continues to Spread Throughout the Country," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold (July 2002)
  • "Taking the 'Toxin' Out of the Toxic Mold Health Scare," Mealey's Litigation Report: Mold(March 2002)
Patrick LaJuett,
Jul 17, 2014, 11:55 AM