Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg 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 2021-2022 co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois.
The American Bar Association named Gail to its 2021 Top 40 Lawyers On the Rise list, which recognizes ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. 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, one of less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 given that distinction, every year since 2017. 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 northerb suburbs of Chicago elected Gail Township Supervisor after completing a four-year term as trustee, in which position she helps oversees the communities social safety net and social 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 school district’s Community Review Community, on her synagogue’s board, and as a Girl Scout Brownie 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 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’ Judicial Bypass Coordination Project, 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 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.
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
- Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, Wilmette/Winnetka Chamber of Commerce, December 2019
- Thriving in the Workplace: How Employers and Employees can work together to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, NoShameOnU, October 20, 2020 (presented with Debra Hamilton, Trial Attorney for the EEOC in her personal capacity).
- Caregiving Discrimination in the Workplace, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, June 18, 2020
- Women in the Law & Politics, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Chicago Women’s Lunch, March 3, 2020 (presented with Kristine Schanbacher, Senior Managing Associate at Dentons US, LLP).
- Chicago Cannabis Law Panel, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Chicago, November 18, 2019 (presented with Bryna Dahlin and Bob Morgan of Benesch, Coplan & Arnoff LLP)
- Changes to Illinois Employment Law, Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., September 27, 2019
- Technology Utilization and Innovation in the Age of #MeToo, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference in New Orleans, November 8, 2019 (presented with Angie Cowan Hamada of Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C.; Michelle Marks of Epstein Becker Green, P.C.; and Jenny Yang, Urban Institute Senior Fellow and Former EEOC Commissioner).
- How an Idea Becomes Law: Personal stories of legislative advocacy for lactation accommodation, Chicago Bar Association Alliance For Women, November 12, 2018 (presented with Amy Meek, ACLU)
- Leveraging Technology to Address the Wage Gap, American Bar Association, April 11, 2019 (presented with Zev Eigen of Syndio Solutions, Heather Mitchell of JPMorgan Chase, and David Schaffer of Allstate Insurance Company)
- Is This Thing On? Young Lawyers’ Views of Continuing Legal Education, ACLEA 51st Annual Meeting, August 1-4, 2015 (presented with Paul-Matthiew Grondin of the Young Bar Association of Montreal and Teddy Reese of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice).
- 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), avaliable here