Robert J. Schnack is a Shareholder in the Sacramento, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
His practice emphasizes defense of private and public sector employers in state and federal courts and before California DFEH and the EEOC in all variety of workplace-related claims, including harassment and discrimination claims under Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FEHA and CFRA, wrongful termination and public policy claims, wage and hour and other California Labor Code claims. His responsibility includes all phases of litigation, including initial case evaluation, pleadings, motion practice, discovery, depositions, mediation, arbitrations and jury trials. Mr. Schnack also defends employers on wage and hour claims before the California Labor Commission/DLSE and advises and counsels employers on wage and hour issues and human resources policies and practices. His clients include, among others, private companies, non-profit corporations, public entities, PEO organizations and EPL insurers. He also represents religious entities, schools, non-profit organizations, public entities, and private companies in litigation of claims of child sex abuse. He has an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 2008, Mr. Schnack was a partner in a West Coast regional law firm where his employment law practice included the counseling and defense of private and public sector employers in harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and wage and hour claims in California and Oregon state and federal courts and before California DFEH, Oregon BOLI and the EEOC. Mr. Schnack has defended religious entities in clergy abuse and related tort claims. He has briefed and argued a number of appeals in the California and Oregon state appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Schnack's pro bono work includes serving as a pro tem settlement judge with the El Dorado County (California) Superior Court. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic in 1976-78.
Mr. Schnack earned his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in 1985, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, Mr. Schnack served as a briefing attorney for Judge John C. Warden of the Oregon Court of Appeals from 1986-88. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell College in 1975. He is licensed in California and Oregon, as well as Texas (currently inactive).
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Peace Corps Volunteer (1976-78)
•El Dorado County Pro Tem Judge
•Northern California Association of Defense Counsel
•Briefing Attorney for Judge John C. Warden, Oregon Court Appeals (1986 - 88)