“[T]hank you for your fantastic professional services, which have served as a steady hand on the rudder of the [organization's] ship keeping us from hitting the rocks.  I truly appreciate you!”
~ Chief Executive Officer, Non-Profit Organization


“Thanks again for all your time and efforts to assist me with this complex set of issues.”
~ Head of School, Independent School



Jessica L. Herbster

Managing Partner

Jessica L. Herbster is Managing Partner at Schwartz Hannum PC. Prior to joining the Firm, Jessica was an associate with Lowenstein Sandler PC in New Jersey, where her practice focused on employment, healthcare, and business litigation matters.

Jessica has extensive experience representing employers before state and federal courts and agencies in cases involving claims of discrimination and wrongful termination, as well as in contract actions, disputes over non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and other business torts. She counsels management regarding a broad range of employment practices, such as hiring, personnel policies, wage and hour classifications, claim investigations, and employee discipline. Jessica also trains employees regarding anti-harassment and diversity issues and drafts employment-related documentation such as offer letters, employment agreements, non-competition agreements, and employee handbooks.  She has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, retail, real estate, communications, education and technology.

Jessica routinely assists educational administrators with employee disciplinary matters, internal grievances and investigations, risk management, regulatory compliance, layoffs and employee terminations.  She prepares faculty and staff offer letters, employment contracts, data security compliance programs, and employee/faculty handbooks.

LEGAL UPDATES

Employers Must Begin Using New FCRA Forms As Of January 1, 2013

Parents With A Past: A Challenge For Private Schools

The Anti-Social Network? The Risks Of Firing Employees Who Complain On Facebook

Massachusetts Federal Court Extends Marriage-Based Federal Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

Recess Appointees To NLRB And EEOC Take Office

Agreements To Arbitrate Statutory Discrimination Claims Must Be Clear And Unmistakable To Be Enforced In Massachusetts

The Shrinking Definition Of Independent Contractor

OFCCP Gears Up For Second Wave Of Compliance Audits

States Continue To Enact Restrictions On Mandatory Overtime For Nurses

No-Match Final Rule Creates Safe Harbor

REPORTED DECISIONS

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment For Employer In Disability Case Brought Under The Americans With Disabilities Act And Chapter 151B

Mark Jones v. Nationwide Life Insurance Company, et al.

Cancellieri vs. Northeast Hospital Corporation et al.

Linda Cancellieri v. Northeast Hospital Corporation

EVENTS

The Nuts And Bolts Of Compliance With The Family And Medical Leave Act

Getting It Write: Employee Handbooks

Hiring and Firing Traps And Strategies

Child Labor Laws

Schwartz Hannum PC’s Annual Labor & Employment Hot Topics Seminar

The Birds And The Bug: Is Your Business Prepared For The Pandemic Flu?

Jessica L. Herbster

Contact

jherbster@shpclaw.com

T: 978-623-0900

F: 978-623-0908


Education

  • Boston College Law School (2000)
  • Bucknell University, cum laude (1994)
  • Phillips Academy (1990)

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New Jersey

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association

Related Practices

Compliance
Counseling
Education
Litigation
Training