Schwartz, Sara Goldsmith


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“Thanks for all the great work you've done on our behalf and for making my job a whole lot easier. It's truly been a pleasure. You two have been fantastic to work with.”
~ Chief Financial & Operating Officer, Technology Company


“[Chambers USA] is a wonderful honor and recognition of your skills, talent and abilities! I am always delighted to see another woman lawyer recognized for such strengths and contributions.”
~ Partner, International Law Firm


“Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. The feedback has been excellent!  The only request was for more time with you!”
~ Dean of Faculty, Independent School


“Congratulations on your company's achievements; certainly everyone that we have interacted with has been caring, knowledgeable, and efficient.”
~ Chairman, Independent School

Sara Goldsmith Schwartz


Sara “‘makes the legalese understandable’ and demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills. She is experienced in both employment discrimination litigation and traditional labor relations.”  ~ Chambers USA

Sara Goldsmith Schwartz is Founder and President of Schwartz Hannum PC.  She began her legal career at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, after completing a federal court clerkship with The Honorable William Young in Boston.  Sara’s practice includes the representation of employers with respect to employment discrimination claims in government agencies and courts throughout the United States, as well as counseling clients and representing them with respect to traditional labor law issues.  Sara is particularly experienced in representing multi-state clients with respect to state-specific issues, and has extensive experience in representing independent schools, as well as businesses in the technology, financial services, private clubs, health care and staffing industries.

In the course of representing more than 100 educational institutions across the United States, Sara has become a trusted advisor to Heads of Schools, Chairmen of the Board, Deans, Business Officers and others as independent school leaders tackle and resolve matters of school governance, student and employee disciplinary matters, risk management, sexual abuse allegations, and the myriad compliance documents such as enrollment agreements, school bylaws, student/parent handbooks and more.

For the past nine years, Sara has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Labor and Employment Law.  Chambers publishes guides world-wide on law firms and lawyers and is a highly recognized leader in its field. In 2014, Chambers and Partners commented that Sara “maintains a sterling practice, with particular strength in discrimination matters. Clients say she isvery well informed, and very nuanced in her judgment and analysis of situations’ and marketplace commentators note that she ‘takes no prisoners when it comes to defending her clients.’” Chambers and Partners stated in 2013 that “Sara offers extensive experience in the representation of employers on a nationwide scale.”  She “has the ability to really listen to you, and boil down whatever your particular issues are in a very quick and succinct way.”  In recent years, Chambers’ sources described Sara as “a great strategist who comes up with practical and elegant solutions – simply an extraordinarily effective attorney.”  She is “a formidable advocate” who “always does her homework,” in order to sharpen her “cutting-edge knowledge of the law.” A “‘delight to deal with,’ she is a firm favorite for clients, who appreciate her cost-effective advice.”  She is “a businesswoman:  diligent, thorough and always prepared,” with an “aggressive and adversarial style, much appreciated by her clients” and a “smart and tenacious lawyer.  She has the drive and determination to succeed.

In 2013, Sara was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a Top Woman of Law.  Sara has also been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® as a top Labor and Employment attorney for seven years.  In 2001, she was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the “Up and Coming Lawyers in Massachusetts.”

Sara was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country by Diversity Business, the nation’s primary resource portal for business connections, and the Firm has been included on numerous Diversity Business lists including: the Top 50 Woman-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts, the Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses in Massachusetts, the Top 100 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts by Diversity Business and the Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S.  Additionally, Sara has been honored, and the Firm has been recognized as a “Top 100 Women-Led Business” for the past four years by The Commonwealth Institute.

Sara is a frequent speaker at seminars for attorneys, human resources professionals and independent school administrators, as well as speaking often at the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), HR Credit Union Network, Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Business Officers Association (NBOA), New England Club Managers Association (NECMA), and North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Sara enjoys advising Phillips Academy mock trial students in her role as the coach for the Andover Mock Trial Society.


Graduating To Public Transportation: Policies And Best Practices For Independent Schools

Monitoring Students And Faculty Online: “Big Brother” Or “Wise Risk Management”?

Schwartz Hannum PC Attorneys Recognized For Participation In Marathon Assistance Project

Independent Schools: Time To Update Your Policies And Procedures!

Supreme Court Clarifies Definition Of “Supervisor” Under Title VII

New FMLA Regulations Concerning Military Families, Airline Flight Crews, And Intermittent Leave Take Effect

Massachusetts High Court Rules That Employees May Release Wage Claims

Student Handbooks – Getting It “Write”

NLRB Asks Supreme Court To Review Ruling That Could Invalidate Hundreds Of NLRB Decisions

Safety Audits For Independent Schools


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.

Beverly National Bank v. Stephen F. Curran et al.

Hamilton v. Artel Video Systems, Inc. et al

Cancellieri vs. Northeast Hospital Corporation et al.

Hamilton v. Artel Video Systems, Inc. et al

Sports Turf International, Inc. v. Darin Aldrich

Creef v. Cognex Corporation

Linda Cancellieri v. Northeast Hospital Corporation

J.D.H. Fitness Inc. d/b/a Fitness Together v. Ari B. Selig, ABS Fitness LLC, et al.


AISNE Fall Business Conference – Fingerprinting: Criminal Record Checks and More: Tips, Traps and Best Practices

AISNE Fall Business Conference – Hot Topics And Legal Adventures

Getting It Write: Student Handbooks

Annual Seminar: Hot Topics In Labor And Employment Law

Cranberry Group Risk Management Forum

HUB International: Current Legal Adventures And Hot Topics

2015 NAIS Annual Conference – Head’s Contracts And Compensation: Tips, Traps and Best Practices

2014 TABS Annual Conference – Shades of Grey & Blurred Lines: Defining Boundaries in Boarding Schools

AISNE New Head Seminar Series: Talking Heads In Massachusetts – Hot Topics In Employee And Student Risk Management

CAIS 11th Annual Conference For Trustees: Compensation and Contracts for the Head of School: Tips, Traps And Best Practices


Graduating To Public Transportation

Summer Is Over, But Are The Dog Days Gone? Recommendations For Animal-Presence Policies On Independent School Campuses

Getting Your Head In The Game: School Concussion Policies And Protocols

Home Sweet Home: It May Not Be So Sweet…

Emergency Medical Response: What’s Your Plan?

Shades Of Grey And Blurred Lines

E-Rate Funding: A Trigger For Compliance With Other Federal Laws?

“Our House Is A Very, Very Fine House” … Best Practices With Homestays

Heads Up!

Bullying Prevention Law Expanded To Cover Bullying By School Employees

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  • Harvard Law School, cum laude (1991)
  • Yale College, cum laude (1987)
  • Concord Academy (1983)


  • The Honorable William Young, United States District Judge for Massachusetts

Distinctions and Certifications

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Labor and Employment Law (2006-2014)
  • AV® Preeminent Rating 5.0 out of 5 (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings)
  • Selected as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country by Diversity Business
  • Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® and top Labor and Employment attorney in Massachusetts for seven years
  • Selected as a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2013)
  • Selected as one of the nominees with the highest point total in her practice area to serve on the Super Lawyers Panel (2005)
  • Selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyers in Massachusetts” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2001)

Bar Admissions


U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The American Employment Law Council
  • The Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
  • The Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Chapter of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance
  • The Commonwealth Institute
  • The Corporate Caring Committee of Beverly Hospital
  • The Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • The National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Related Practices

Labor Relations