Joan M. Schwab


Florham Park

T 973-645-4829

Joan Schwab's practice is focused on a wide variety of complex litigation. Her practice includes employment litigation, counseling, and investigations. She also has handled numerous insurance coverage actions, reinsurance disputes, defense of personal injury and products liability claims. Her practice also includes the defense of professional liability claims, director and officer liability claims as well as a wide variety of business litigation. She represents public and private clients, insurance companies, and licensed professionals in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, in arbitration and before administrative tribunals.

Joan regularly litigates matters arising in the workplace, including the defense of sexual harassment, age, race and disability discrimination claims, CEPA claims and restrictive covenant litigation. She has experience conducting investigations for clients on a variety of issues, including claims of discrimination, harassment, workplace violence and other claims of improper conduct.

Joan also counsels clients on a wide array of employment related issues. She frequently conducts seminars on a variety of issues including sexual harassment, interviewing, hiring and firing, workplace violence, workplace privacy, reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employee handbooks.

Joan also represents insurance companies with respect to coverage issues involving property, commercial casualty, life, health, general liability, professional liability, directors & officers’ liability and other specialized coverages.

Listed in:

  • "AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™
  • Best Lawyers® - Insurance Law, Litigation - Labor and Employment - 2014-2024
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2008-2024
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Pinto v. Allstate

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • Summary judgment in favor of insurer where policyholder attempted to overcome the intentional acts exclusion.

  • Summary judgment affirmed on appeal in favor of client insurer on claims that policy afforded coverage for sexual harassment or molestation.

  • Summary judgment where insured argued that family member exclusion did not apply.

  • Summary judgment on claims alleging increased limits of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

  • Summary judgment on agent negligence claims.

  • Favorable determination of allocation claims in reinsurance arbitration.

  • Favorable determination of treaty language dispute in reinsurance arbitration.

  • Favorable resolution of negligent underwriting claims in arbitration.

  • Defense of employers in sex and race discrimination claims leading to favorable settlement.

  • Defense of court appointed agent in negligence claims resulting in summary judgment.