Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg leads our growing employment practice and focuses her practice on employees’ rights. She approaches each matter with a pragmatic, empathetic lens rooted in legal analysis. Gail assists clients in a range of employment disputes related to race, gender, and other forms of workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Gail has experience with all phases of litigation and administrative proceedings as well as employment contracts, training, handbooks, and severance agreements.
Gail was appointed 2021-2023 chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee and to the 2023 Nominating Committee. Gail also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois, including as co-chair of the Legislative Committee and as a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee.
The American Bar Association named Gail to its 2021 Top 40 Lawyers On the Rise list, which recognizes young lawyers who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. In 2022, the ABA of Labor & Employment Law Section awarded Gail a two-year Young Lawyers Division Fellowship, and the American Bar Foundation elected Gail to the ABF Fellows, a global honorary society for those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities, membership to which is limited to 1% of licensed lawyers in each jurisdiction.
Leading Lawyers has named Gail an Emerging Lawyer in Employment Law, and Super Lawyers named Gail as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment Litigation every year since 2017, one of less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 given that distinction. She had previously been named a Rising Star in Class Action litigation. Gail was also named to the 2015 Chicago Jewish 36 Under 36 List by the Jewish United Fund.
Gail is active in the community. In 2021, the residents of New Trier Township in the northern suburbs of Chicago elected Gail Township Supervisor after completing a four-year term as trustee, in which position she oversees the communities social safety net and social service programs. Gail also currently sits on the Administrative and Government Affairs Committees of the Jewish United Fund, co-chairs the Legislative Committee of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, serves on the Quality Jobs Council for Women Employed, on her synagogue’s board, as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and on the Triage Cancer Legal Advisory Council. She is passionate about fighting prematurity and was selected to the inaugural class of Gretchen Carlson March of Dimes Advocacy Fellows in 2018 and now serves on the March of Dimes’ North Suburban Leadership Council and Illinois Government Affairs Committee.
Before joining Loftus and Eisenberg, Gail practiced employees’ civil rights law at Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., which was named the top law firm for employee rights and race discrimination matters by the National Law Journal. Before that, Gail worked as a Managing Associate at Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, where she focused on class action defense and other complex litigation primarily in the insurance, financial services, gaming, and media industries. Gail emphasizes pro bono service volunteering legal services with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, ACLU of Illinois, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Equip for Equality. She also has worked directly with children through the Girl Scouts Legal Track and the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Lawyers in the Classroom Project.
Gail began her legal career as a Staff Law Clerk at 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.
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif; Symposium Editor, Journal of Law and Social Policy; Minor Moot Court Board
M.A./ B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Bronze Tablet
● US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
● US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- State of Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training to The Chicago Bar Association members and their staffs. (May 2022)
- Hosting a #FMLA seminar with the Chicago Bar Association to review trends and topics under the Family and Medical Leave Act as it Approaches its 30th Anniversary. (May 2022)
- Advocating for FY 2023 Appropriations (the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program); as well as the SSI Restoration Act; and the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. (May 2022)
- Sexual Harrassment Prevention Trainning to the Women's Property Tax Association members and staff. (May 2022)
- Panelist alongside Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Employment and Health Law Societies for LUC Diversity Week panel discussion on The Post-Pandemic Effect on Worker’s Rights. (Apr 2022)
- Discussing bipartisan support to an upcoming end of forced arbitration for sexual harrassment and assault claims on WBEZ-FM 91.5 Reset. | WBEZ Chicago. (Feb 2022)
- Discussing improvements to family medical leave as well as maternal and infant health advocacy with March of Dimes March of Dimes Advocacy - YouTube
- Panelist with the Women's Bar Associations of Illinois on paid family leave at Dentons to benefit WillPower. (Jan 2022)
- Panelist discussing paid family leave and the increasing importance with Coivd-19 with WilPower. (Dec 2021)
- Panelist on a seminar on "Doing Good in Private Practice" hosted by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Alumni Association and Career Centers. (Oct 2021)
- Received the Excellent Community Service Award for Pakistan Independence Day Festival from the the South Asian Welfare Association. (Oct 2021)
- Presented with Helen Bloch at the Decalogue Society Of Lawyers for a seminar on Hiring and Maintaining Diverse Workplaces. (Aug 2021)
- Joined NELA Illinois Podcast "Employee to Lawyer" to discus working as a staff attorney at the 7th Circuit and class-based anti-discrimination work. (Jun 2021)
- Joined the Illinois General Assembly's House Counties & Townships Committee, which unanimously recommended the passage of SB2390 which will permit townships to postpone their annual meeting for Ramadan in the future. (Jun 2021)
- Panelist with PersonalPAC discussing the importance of repealing Illinois’ Parental Notification of Abortion Act. (May 2021)
- Prime.govpodcast on civil rights. (May 2021)
- Spent Equal Pay Day speaking with students from Columbia Law's Gender and Sexuality Clinic about the impact of Illinois' recent legislative reforms on the workplace. (Mar 2021)
- Guest speaker at WE WILL's Legally Speaking series with Meleika G. from Evanston Live TV about sexual harassment training for women owned businesses. WE WILL is a Non Profit Organization that empowers women and children to get involved in the legislative process by affording them opportunities to have their voice be heard. (Feb 2021)
- Discussed mental health and workplace law with Deborah Hamilton for @NoShameOnU. (Jan 2021)
- Attention to Detail: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Harms Sexual Harassment Victims, Decalogue Society Tablets (March 2018)
- Trumping Sexual Harassment Law?, Decalogue Society Tablets (March 2017)
- Disklike: Facebook, the Incitement of Violence, and the Law, Decalogue Society Tablets (March 2016)
- Obergefell v. Hodges: Let Same-Sex Couples Eat Cake (Even if Baked By Those with Religious Objections), Decalogue Society Tablets (Sept. 2015)
- Je ne suis pas universelle - The Law and Religious Cartoons, Decalogue Society Tablets (Mar. 2015)
- Legislature Passes New Eavesdropping Law, Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) MediaLawLetter (Dec. 20, 2014)
- Greece is the Word (of G-d?): Town of Greece v. Galloway and the Future of Legislative Prayer, Decalogue Society of Lawyers (July 2014)
- HB 5170: Extending the Status of Marriage to All Illinois Couples, the Decalogue Society Tablets (Jan. 2013)
- Turn to the Constitution in Prayer: Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama, the Constitutionality and the Politics of the National Day of Prayer, National Lawyers Guild Review (March 27, 2012), available here