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Susan L. Swatski

Susan L. Swatski

CounselPrinceton, NJ
  • Susan L. Swatski is counsel in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Employment Law, Product Liability, Community Associations and Construction Industry practice groups.

    Representative Matters
    • Serves as national litigation coordinating counsel for an international plumbing supply company  
    • Employers and employees dealing with personal claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, retaliation and invasion of privacy, as well as, corporate disputes with employees over employment contracts, non-compete clauses, non-disclosures and confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants and executive compensation
    • Representation of insurance companies in Qui Tam False Claims Act litigation

    Ms. Swatski has represented grocery stores, pharmaceutical companies, medical practice groups, an international waste management service provider, a nursing staffing agency, daycare providers, a national moving company, retailers and technology companies in wage and hour disputes focusing on FLSA collective actions and internal workplace investigations.

    On behalf of insurance companies and their insureds, Ms. Swatski's practice includes the defense of employers, management and businesses for a variety of claims stemming from employment disputes and product liability. 

    Ms. Swatski provides training for large and small employers in areas including sexual harassment and anti-discrimination and workplace sensitivity.

    She also provides defense in products liability mass tort litigation.

    Ms. Swatski is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey (2002), New York (2003), the United States Supreme Court (2017), and in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey (2002), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2003), and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern & Western District of New York (2003).

    Prior to joining Hill Wallack LLP, Ms. Swatski served as Deputy Press Secretary to United States Senator Arlen Specter and was the Manager of Government Affairs for the Shipbuilders Council of America. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law and her B.A. cum laude from Susquehanna University.

    Leadership
    • New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, 2017 – present
    • Co-Chair, MidJersey Chamber of Commerce - Women in Business 
    • Named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2012 New Leaders of the Bar
    • Teacher, Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton 
    Presentations & Publications
    • Presenter, Continuing Education Seminar regarding Joint Employment for Taylor Management, December 2017                
    • Author, Why it Makes Cents for Employers to Evaluate their Performance Review Practices, Community Trends, December, 2015
    • Presenter, Common Pitfalls in Employment Law, Hamilton Rotary Club, June 2015
    • Presenter, Common Pitfalls in Wage and Hour Compliance, Hill Wallack LLP's Employment Law Series, May 2015
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Minors, Interns & Seasonal Workers, NJ Parks and Recreation Association, April 2015
    • Presenter, Ins & Outs of Conducting an Internal Workplace Investigation, National Academy of Continuing Education, October 2014
    • Presenter, Investigating Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace, Community Associations International, Business Partner Seminar, July 2014
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Employees, Terminating Employment Relationships and Record Keeping, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, January 2014
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Minors, Interns and Volunteers, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, January 2014
    • Interviewed by WDVR, The Many Faces of Life (September 2011), and Tempus (June 2012, Sept. 2013), regarding issues in employment law
    • Co-Presenter, Employment Law – Employers’ Best Practices seminar, Hill Wallack LLP Seminar, May 2012
    • Presenter, Simple and Efficient Strategies for Addressing Human Resources in a Growing Business, Successful Women Connecting Seminar Series, July 2011
    • Co-Author, Finding a Needle in an Electronic Haystack: The Science of Search and Retrieval, published in ABA Mass Torts, Fall/Winter 2009
    • Co-Author, Whose Space? Discovery of Social Networking Websites, published in Product Liability Law & Strategy, June 2008
    • Hill Wallack LLPs Employment Client Alerts:
      • U.S.D.C. Dismisses Medicare Secondary Payer Act Qui Tam Complaint Against Insurance Companies, February 2016
      • Quick Tips For The Dog Days Of Summer, June 2015
      • Consequences Of Giving An Employee The Hobson's Choice Of Resigning Or Being Fired, June 2012
      • EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance And Best Practices For Employer Use Of Arrest And Conviction Records, June 2012
      • Employees May be Able to Use Employers’ Confidential Records to Prove a Workplace Discrimination Claim, July 2011
      • United States Supreme Court Broadens Scope of Title VII to Include Third-Party Retaliation Claims, April 2011

    Ms. Swatski also presents seminars regarding anti-discrimination and harassment in the workplace and general human resource management.

    • In Re ex. Rel. J. Michael Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al., Docket No. 16-705 (2d Cir. Ct. App. 2017)
    • In Re ex. Rel. J. Michael Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al., Docket No. 12-CV-1015S (WDNY 2016)
    • Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. v. Morris County Mun. Utilities Authority, 433 N.J.Super. 445 (App. Div. 2013)