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Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg is an associate with Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. Gail assists clients in a range of employment disputes related to race, gender and other forms of workplace discrimination. Gail has experience with all phases of litigation in state and federal court. Gail has been named an Emerging Lawyer in Employment Law by Leading Lawyers and a Rising Star in Employment Litigation by Super Lawyers. She had previously been named a Rising Star in Class Action litigation.
Before joining Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., Gail worked as a managing associate at Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Chicago and was a member of the e-discovery and appellate subgroups. There she focused on class action defense and other complex litigation primarily in the insurance, financial services, gaming, and media industries. Gail also worked on intellectual property and employment matters. Gail emphasized pro bono service volunteering legal services with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, ACLU of Illinois' Judicial Bypass Coordination Project, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Equip for Equality. She also worked directly with children through the Girl Scouts Legal Track and the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Lawyers in the Classroom Project.
Gail is active in the community. She currently chairs the Young Lawyers Group of the Trades, Industries, and Professional Division of the Jewish United Fund and the Legislative Committee of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. She is passionate about fighting prematurity and captains a March of Dimes team.
Gail began her legal career as a Staff Law Clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where she worked on criminal and civil appeals as well as requests for leave to appeal the denial of petitions for habeas corpus. Gail also taught Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
During law school, Gail served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow for the Northern District of Illinois and as a Civil Procedure teaching assistant for Prof. Ron Allen. She also served as a Legal Extern at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, and as a Civil Appeals Division Law Clerk at the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan. Gail represented clients in immigration proceedings as a part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Law, served as the Symposium editor of the Journal of Law & Social Policy and on the Miner Moot Court Board. Prior to attending law school, Gail served as a Civic Leadership Fellow at the Anti-Defamation League of Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region.
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Illinois
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Year of Birth: 1986
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2012
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Magna cum laude; Journal of Law and Social Policy, symposium editor 2011-2012, articles editor, 2010-2011; Minor Moot Court Board
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., political science, 2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., political science, 2007
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:
Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Published Legal Writing:
"Dislike: Facebook, the Incitement of Violence, and the Law," The Decalogue Tablets, March 2016
"Obergefell v. Hodges: Let Same-Sex Couples Eat Cake (Even if Baked by Those with Religious Objections)," The Decalogue Tablets, September 2015
"Je ne suis pas universelle – The Law and Religious Cartoons," The Decalogue Tablets, March 2015
"Legislature Passes New Eavesdropping Law," Media Law Resource Center Media Law Letter, December 2014
"Greece is the Word (of G-d?): Town of Greece v. Galloway and the Future of Legislative Prayer," The Decalogue Tablets, July 2014
"HB 5170: Expanding the Status of Marriage to All Illinois Couples," The Decalogue Tablets, January 2013
"Turn to the Constitution in Prayer: Freedom of Religious Foundation v. Obama, the Constitutionality and the Politics of the National Day of Prayer, National Lawyers Guild Review, March 2012
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. is dedicated to defending employees' civil rights. We have successfully litigated cases that challenge nearly every form of adverse employment action, from failure to hire to discriminatory pay practices, harassment, denial of promotion and termination. Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. has represented thousands of employees and recovered over $750,000,000 in damages for victims of discrimination and other unlawful conduct. Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. achieves results for its clients by drawing upon the vast knowledge, diversity, experience, passion, creativity, and collaboration that exists within our firm.
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. represents plaintiffs in individual, collective and class-action cases, with a particular concentration in sex and race employment discrimination and glass ceiling issues. The firm also has successfully represented victims of discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, age, national origin and sexual orientation, and represented clients in SEC whistleblowing actions. The firm has successfully prosecuted claims for violations of the First Amendment, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, USERRA and the WARN Act. Where appropriate, the firm also represents employees in arbitration and mediation.
Consistent with its mission of advocating for workers on many fronts, the firm is active in lobbying and legislation to further protect civil rights in the workplace.
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd.'s nationally recognized litigation expertise draws upon the vast knowledge, diversity, experience, creativity, and collaboration of our team. Strong trial skills and experience are supported by advanced e-discovery and data analysis expertise. While unfortunately overt and egregious examples of sex and race discrimination still occur in the workplace, in many cases, discrimination has become more nuanced, requiring sophisticated e-discovery techniques and data analysis to successfully prove that discrimination has occurred. Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. has unique, expert resources to address discrimination in the modern workplace.