Joshua L. Schwartz
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Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Related Industries

Recognition

  • Central Penn Business Journal (Forty Under Forty, 2015)

Presentations

  • "Top 10 HR Myths", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Workers’ Compensation Litigation: Understanding the Injured Worker’s Day(s) in Court", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Legal Issues Encountered During the Hiring Process", 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: The Role of the Independent Medical Examiner", 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • "Non-Compete Litigation and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act", 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • "2018 Employee Handbook Workshop", Lancaster Chamber (March 2018)
  • "Navigating Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act and the Creation of a New Protected Class", 2017 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (April 2017)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: The Panel Physician", 2017 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (April 2017)
  • “Common Legal Issues for New Businesses”, PA Treasury’s Small Business Initiative at York College (October 2016)
  • "Workplace Bullying: Applying School Law in an Employment Context", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • "Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Disorders in the Workers' Compensation Population", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: The Role of Medical Evidence in Litigated Cases", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2015)
  • "Legal Compliance Issues Related to Workplace Safety", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2015)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: The Role of the Occupational Medicine Physician", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2014)
  • "Managing Injured and Disabled Employees: FMLA, ADA, and the Workers’ Compensation Act", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2014)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: Aggravations of Degenerative Conditions", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2013)
  • "Preparing for “the Inevitable”: Evaluation, Discipline, & Discharge", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2013)
  • "Workers’ Compensation: Repetitive Injuries”, Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2012)
  • Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook, contributing author

Community Involvement

  • Fulton Theatre. board of trustees
  • Lancaster Public Library; former secretary of the board of trustees, steering committee member
  • Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, board of trustees, cantorial soloist, youth committee, ritual committee

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2008-2009)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul S. Diamond, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2005-2006)

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Joshua L. Schwartz

Partner(717) 399-1535
jschwartz@barley.com
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A prolific trial attorney and counselor, Josh is a partner in the firm's Litigation and Employment practice groups. He represents public and private employers in litigation matters, administrative agency investigations and labor arbitrations and counsels employers on issues related to employee discipline and termination, workplace harassment, wage and hour compliance, medical leaves of absence and labor relations.

In addition, Josh devotes a portion of his practice to other litigation and appeal matters, including commercial disputes, business torts, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury claims and medical malpractice claims, with work that has taken him to both the Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Court. In 2018, Josh teamed with Barley Snyder partner Salvatore Anastasi to help author an American Bar Association amicus brief filed in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit patent case that helped ensure “access to justice.” The brief was quoted by the court panel in reversing a previous decision that allowed for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to collect attorney fees in certain appeals cases. He also appeared before the Commonwealth Court in 2018 where the court overturned a lower court decision against his municipal client. The case hinged on Josh’s arguments of the lower court’s incorrect application of the law – arguments that won the case for his client.

Josh also successfully defended an Indiana case where his large corporate client was being sued for pregnancy discrimination. While the plaintiff claimed not only that she was fired inappropriately, but also that she suffered labor complications from being kept in a room and prevented from using the bathroom, Josh convinced the federal judge that no reasonable juror could find discrimination under the circumstances.

Josh has experience in review and analysis of medical records and regularly conducts deposition of physicians and other health care providers. He successfully handled an appeal in a significant medical malpractice case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Through this work, as well as his general litigation practice, he has gained insight into the perspective of doctors and health care institutions, which in turn informs his work with those clients.

Josh is also chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, and regularly represents employers and insurance carriers in disputes involving work-related injuries. Josh has been certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Before joining the firm, Josh was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he worked in commercial litigation, unfair trade practices and civil rights litigation, among other areas.

 

Josh lives in Manheim Township with his wife, Franklin & Marshall College professor Carey Faulkner, and their two children, Eli and Casey. He can also been seen performing in community theater productions and cabarets throughout central Pennsylvania, and he performs with the regional comedy troupe, “Happy Time Explosion Show!”

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