In addition to her litigation expertise, Ms. Sween regularly counsels employers on preventative employment policies and practices involving all areas of federal, state and local employment law, including recruiting and hiring, employee handbooks, leaves of absence, discipline and termination, workforce reductions, discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodation and wage and hour. Ms. Sween has also conducted over 200 hours of harassment prevention training in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Ms. Sween’s counseling practice includes strategic human resources advice in preparation for mergers and acquisitions, preparing executive and other employment agreements, offer letters, proprietary information agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
Ms. Sween has given numerous presentations on a wide variety of employment-related issues to organizations including the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), the California Employer Advisory Counsel and the American Conference Institute.
Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Sween was a partner in the employment and labor group at one of California’s largest law firms, where she served as the national vice-chair and chair of the San Francisco employment department.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Las Trampas, Inc., Former Board Member
•National Charity League, Lamorinda Chapter, Leadership Team Member
•Seven Hills School, Board Member
•St. Luke’s Hospital Junior Auxiliary, Former Board Member
• Employee Handbooks: A Company’s Sword and Shield, HR.BLR.com (January 2012) [Author]
• Employee Handbooks: What Makes them Effective? California Employer Daily (January 2012) [Author]
•Representing the Employer and Individual Co-Defendant in Employment Cases: Legal Strategies and Ethical Considerations, American Bar Association (2000) [Co-Author]
• California Enacts Law Limiting Employers’ Access to Employees’ Social Media: What Employers Need to Know to Avoid the Minefields [Author]
Speeches and Presentations
•“The New Normal: An Update on Current Wage and Hour Law Exposures and Trends,” Aon Risk Solutions (San Francisco and Stanford, CA, October 2017) (presenter)
•“The Hidden Cost of Not Negotiating,” NCHRA Women’s Leadership Conference (Las Vegas, NV, April 2016) (presenter)
•“Workplace Investigations, A Step by Step Primer,” HCCA’s 2016 Annual Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV, April 2016) (presenter)
In the News
January 23, 2019
Lisa Barnett Sween Named Managing Principal in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISO, CA (January 23, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Lisa Barnett Sween has been named Office Managing Principal in San Francisco. Ms. Sween succeeds Fraser McAlpine, who stepped down to focus on his growing litigation practice. “Lisa’s strong leadership...
June 24, 2016
Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter
Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events...
California Workplace Law
Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increase for Hotel Workers May Have Far Reaching Implications
December 17, 2014
On December 16, 2014, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association filed suit in federal court seeking to enjoin the City of Los Angeles from implementing the new Hotel Workers Act, which would put in place one of the nation’s highest minimum wages, targeted specifically to hotel workers in
By Lisa Barnett Sween
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association
•San Francisco Bar Association
•Women President's Organization
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