Joan M. Schwab

Joan Schwab's practice is focused on a wide variety of complex litigation, including 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 and a wide variety of business litigation.

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 represents corporate clients, insurance companies, licensed professionals and state entities in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and before administrative tribunals.  Joan 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 handles insurance and reinsurance litigation matters, representing insurance companies with respect to coverage issues involving property, commercial casualty, life, health, general liability, professional liability, directors & officers’ liability and other specialized coverages. She also defends personal injury and product liability claims.

"AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™

Listed in:

  • Best Lawyers® - Litigation - Labor and Employment - 2014-2019
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2008-2018  
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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.