Ginger D. Schröder, Esq.

Founding Partner

Ms. Schröder is a founding partner in the law firm of Schröder, Joseph and Associates, LLP (SJA), the only 100 percent women owned law partnership in Western New York that is federally certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and which has New York State WBE certification. The firm is a traditional labor and employment litigation boutique, focusing in labor and employment and complex commercial litigation including intellectual property litigation. SJA is the only Western New York based law firm to be counsel to three of the top seven Fortune 500 companies, as well as listed Corporate Counsel’s Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies, 2003-2005, 2008 and 2011. Ms. Schröder was recognized in “Who’s Who among Western New York Lawyers” for Labor and Employment Law for 2004-2011 and as one of the top 50 lawyers overall and one of the top 25 women lawyers in upstate New York by New York Super Lawyers. Ms. Schröder was a Business First, 40 under Forty Honoree (1998), a 2006 Leader (Professional) Nominee and the recipient of the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2001 award for Outstanding Human Resource Professional. In September of 2006, Ms. Schröder was honored by the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York as the recipient of the Hon. M. Delores Denman Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Principal Practice Areas

  • Labor Management Law
  • Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • ERISA Litigation

Legal Representation

Successfully represented a Fortune 500 Company in a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit brought by its retirees.

Additionally represents in general labor and/or employment discrimination claims:

  • the nation’s largest privately (family) owned frozen food manufacturer;
  • a pre-eminent worldwide financial services company with 275,000 employees;
  • the world’s largest wholesale provider of technology products and services;
  • the world’s third largest industrial gas company;
  • one of the nation’s largest publicly held information technology support companies;
  • a significant multi-national retail corporation;
  • two of the top American automobile manufacturers
  • one of the fastest growing receivable management firms in the country;
  • a leading supplier of energy conversion solutions worldwide;
  • one of the largest private auto insurers in the United States

Ms. Schröder also represents large and small private and public sector clients in the areas of collective bargaining, contract grievance arbitration and proceedings before Federal and State agencies and courts dealing with discrimination, harassment, civil rights, various statutory employee rights, wage and hour, NLRA and PERB issues, ERISA rights, reduction in work force, separation agreement and OWBPA issues, wrongful discharge and related claims. She has extensive experience in sexual harassment and gender discrimination litigation and litigation regarding terms and conditions of employment and wage issues in both state and federal courts.

Former Affiliations

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Prosecutor’s Office 1987-1990
  • Dewey Ballantine, New York City 1989 – 1991
  • Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, Buffalo 1991-1996
  • Buchanan Ingersoll, Professional Corporation 1996-2001

Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law

  • New York
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Courts Admitted to Practice Law

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • All United States District Courts of the State of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions as appropriate.

Education

Undergraduate Degree

  • State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Major: History, Theater
  • Minor: Religious Studies
  • Degree: B.A., under seal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Honors: Henrietta L. Pitler Award – Graduating Senior Woman for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership
  • The Rischel-Searles Memorial Award – Graduating Senior for Community Service and Academic Excellence

Law Degree

  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • Buffalo Law Review, Publications Editor
  • Desmond Moot Court Competition Best Oralist and Quarterfinalist
  • Connelly Trial Technique Award for Outstanding Performance

Honors and Awards

  • 1998 Business First’s 40 under Forty Award Winner (recognizes 40 of “Western New York’s outstanding young leaders for professional success and community involvement”)
  • 2001 Society for Human Resource Management, Niagara Frontier Chapter’s Outstanding Human Resource Professional Award
  • 2006 Leader (Professional) Nominee
  • Who’s Who in Law for 2004-2011
  • 2006 recipient Hon. M. Delores Denman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Top 50 Attorneys in Upstate New York, New York Super Lawyers
  • Top 25 Women Attorneys in Upstate New York, New York Super Lawyers

Bar Association Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter—Past President 1998-1999; President Elect 1997-1998
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, State Organization: 2005-2006 Past Co-Chair Mentoring, Financial Oversight Committee, Vice President 2002-2003, Treasurer 2001-2002, Vice-President 2000-2001, Mentoring Committee Chair 2005-2006, Past Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee 2004, 2005, Past Finance Committee 2005, Past Co-Chair, Reproductive Freedom Committee; Past Co-Chair, National Conference on Women’s Bar Associations; Past Co-Chair Nominations, State Director/Delegate, Past Co-Chair Judicial Screening Committee for New York State Court of Appeals Candidates
  • Erie County Bar Association (Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee; Member, Federal Practice and Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees; Former Chair: Federal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee on Federal Court Settlement Week, Member, President’s Committee on The Study of Election Reform
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations: Past Director, Board of Directors

Law-Related Teaching and Other Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School; 1995- 2005
  • Adjunct Faculty, Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations; 1998–2005 (Arbitration, Employment Discrimination)
  • Former Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo: Legal Studies Department, American Studies Department, Women’s Studies
    • 1992-1995
    • Former Legislative Liaison to the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
    • Former New York State Bar Examination Grader for the New York State Board of Law Examiners

Publications, Articles, and Interviews (Television, Radio, and Other Media)

Co-author, National Paper, Book Chapter (M. Lee Smith Publishers): The White Paper Series, Submission No. 12 “Resolving Employment Disputes” 1997; Co-author, “US, Canadian and British Statutory Enactments impacting Employment Termination Decisions” a paper submitted during the joint transatlantic conference between St. John’s University and the New York State Bar Association. July 2000; Regular author for a column on labor issues for the Buffalo Law Journal. 2000-2007; Regular monthly author for a column on labor and employment issues for The Daily Record (2003-2008); Author, Labor column, Newsletter for the New York State Women’s Bar Association; Author, BAEC Bulletin “Americans with Disabilities Act Developments,” “EEOC Guidance on the ADA”; Good Morning Western New York, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace AM Buffalo, Paula Jones Case Dismissal: The Aftermath Channel 7, Eyewitness News; Paula Jones Sexual Harassment Suit Channel 7, Eyewitness News; Sexual Harassment and the Courts Channel 7, Eyewitness News; Credibility of Grand Jury Witness Linda Tripp, AM Buffalo, Sexual Harassment and Training with Dramatic Solutions, Channel 7, Eyewitness News; Romance in the Workplace,WNED 970 – Office Romance and Sexual Harassment, WGR – Sexual Harassment Litigation, Employment Law Alliance: Americans Turn Thumbs Down on Romantic Relationships Between Supervisors and their Employees, Yahoo! Politics Features Newswire, Narrator and commentator for nationally distributed video for workplace training—“Dramatic Solutions”

Community Service

  • Franklinville Fire Department, Ambulance Crew Co-Captain, Emergency Medical Technician
  • American Heart Association Certified Instructor of CPR, AED and First Aid, Heartsaver
  • New York State Department of Health Certified Lab Instructor
  • Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. (BuffOLA), Board Member (Advocates and establishes off leash parks for dogs)
  • Kavinoky Theatre Board Member, 2009-2012
  • Kaleida Foundation Trustee-2009-2012
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir-Mezzo Soprano, First Alto
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Leadership Gifts Committee 1996 through the present
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Mentoring Committee 2002 through 2007
  • Hospice, Annual Essential Care Fundraising Event Committee for Children’s Hospice 2003 to 2006
  • Students Against Violence (through) Education, Former Board Member
  • Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network-Former Director, Former Director
  • Women Physicians/Attorneys Task Force, Projects including the 2005 “Falling Through the Cracks- a Seminar on Women and Depression”

Hobbies & Interests

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Cooking, Homesteading, Gardening, Self Sufficiency, Reading, Singing, Swimming, Heritage Breed Chickens and other Fowl, Emergency Medicine (currently a practicing EMT, pursuing an EMT upgrade to Remote and Wilderness (EMT-W)), Medical Person in Charge (MPIC) for the U.S. Coast Guard, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Certification

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