Richard M. Schall
Throughout his more-than-30-year career as an employment lawyer in the State of New Jersey, Richard Schall, who is “of counsel” to the firm, has represented individuals in virtually every facet of employment law, including claims involving race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment, the Family Medical Leave Act, wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliation and non-compete agreements.
As a highly trained trial lawyer, and willing to take on the largest corporations in the State of New Jersey, Mr. Schall has tried numerous cases to successful verdicts on behalf of his clients. He has also regularly appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court in a number of critical cases involving issues of employment law. Along with partner Patricia Barasch, Mr. Schall tried and won the case of Seiden v. Marina Associates, the very first case in the State of New Jersey to clearly address the proper legal framework for analyzing reasonable accommodation/disability discrimination cases. He also represented the plaintiff in the case of Maw v. Advanced Clinical Communications, Inc. (ultimately decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court), which challenged an employer’s right to fire an employee simply because she refused to sign an overbroad non-compete agreement.
During the course of his career, Mr. Schall has handled dozens of cases representing employees tied down by non-compete agreements, and in the vast majority of those cases, has succeeded in getting his clients freed from the oppressive terms of those agreements and able to move on to their new jobs.
Mr. Schall is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers’ College run by the renowned trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, having received three weeks of intensive training in the art of the trial in the summer of 2005 at Mr. Spence’s ranch in Wyoming. He is also a “master graduate” of the Keenan Trial Institute, having earned that status in 2023 after completing an extensive course of study in the art and science of trial work with that Institute.
Mr. Schall is past president of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association-New Jersey and currently serves on its Executive Board. In 2012, along with his partner Patricia Barasch, Mr. Schall prepared and edited the “Library of New Jersey Employment Forms,” which was then published by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Before founding Schall & Barasch LLC in 2000, Mr. Schall was a partner with the prominent South Jersey firm of Tomar, Simonoff, heading up the firm’s employment law practice. He started his law career clerking for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Schall has taught legal research and writing as well as labor law at Rutgers University School of Law.
Mr. Schall graduated in 1971 from Swarthmore College; received his Master’s degree in Labor Studies from Rutgers University in 1984; and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1987, having studied there as a Root-Tilden Scholar.
- New Jersey Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- State of New Jersey Roster of Mediators for Civil, General
- Equity and Probate Cases
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association/ New Jersey
- JD, New York University School of Law, 1987
- MA, Labor Studies, Rutgers University, 1984
- BA, Swarthmore College, 1971
- President of the National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, 2000 – 2004
- Co-chair of the Employment Law Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America/New Jersey 2005 -2007
- New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee, 2005-2010
- Trial Lawyers’ College, 2005
- Keenan Trial Institute, 2021
Bar & Court Admissions
- US Supreme Court, 2002
- US District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
- US District Court – New Jersey, 1988
- US Court of Appeals – Third Circuit, 1988
- Courts of the State of New Jersey, 1987
- Courts of the State of Pennsylvania, 1987