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Our firm dates back to 1949 when Murray Schwartz hung up his shingle to start his own law practice. Mr. Schwartz, who had served as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific in World War II, was only six months out of law school when he quickly realized that he had to forge his own path and began his own practice. Over the ensuing decades, Mr. Schwartz earned a reputation as a prominent general practice attorney in New York City, handling cases of all matters and representing high-profile clients like Mickey Mantle and The Guardian Angels.

In the 1980s, Mr. Schwartz entered into the newly-formed field of employment law. His daughter, Davida S. Perry, joined as an attorney in 1991 and the firm was renamed Schwartz & Perry LLP in 1994. The firm quickly became known as leaders in employment law, with a trilogy of landmark cases that still shape the field in New York City.

First, the firm represented the plaintiff in Thoreson v. Penthouse, a case that received national recognition and was one of the first cases that showed the significance of sexual harassment in the workplace. The plaintiff was awarded $4 million in punitive damages, though that award was ultimately reduced by the appellate courts based on the applicable statute in 1992. Second, the firm handled Bracker v. Cohen in 1994, which affirmed the constitutionality of the New York City Human Rights Law, which is intended to be the broadest human rights law in the country. We remain proud that this firm successfully defended the validity of a law that has protected the rights of so many New Yorkers. Third, in 1997, in McIntyre v. Manhattan Ford, the firm obtained a historic $6.6 million jury verdict in a sexual harassment and retaliation case. At the time, it was the largest amount awarded to a single plaintiff in a sexual harassment case in the United States.

Since that time, the firm has continued to be at the forefront of employment law in New York. We have enjoyed numerous seven-figure verdicts and appellate victories, which are accomplishments that few firms in New York City can match. It is difficult to look at any court decision in New York addressing employment law that does not include a reference to a case that we have handled. In the current era of the #metoo movement, Schwartz Perry & Heller has been assisting victims of such discrimination for decades.

Brian Heller joined the firm in 2001 and quickly became a part of our core mission to represent our clients with the highest levels of skill and experience. He became a partner in 2007 and the firm is now named Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP.

Sadly, Mr. Schwartz passed away at the age of 90 in 2015, but we remain proud to carry on his mission to help our clients combat workplace discrimination. We have a proven track record of ability and are passionate about helping those who feel powerless and victimized restore their dignity.

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Our Past Clients Speak to Our Experience
    "Always available, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable."

    Outstanding lawyer. Always available, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable. Excellent at following-up both with his clients and with opposing counsel. Regardless of the size of the case, Brian will put in the work and always treat his clients with the utmost professionalism and respect.

    - N.W.
    "I trusted them entirely."

    I received the most compassionate and professional assistance from SP&H. I felt that Mr. Heller truly cared about me and the situation I was in. He was able to be my voice during a difficult time. He responded promptly to any correspondence, took the time to explain to me any questions or concerns, and helped ease any kind of stress that I had during a dispute with a previous employer. I highly recommend this firm. You are not just a number, they treat you like family. I trusted them entirely. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your devoted time and effort in my legal matter.

    - A.M.
    "Their integrity, personal attention, and knowledge are superior."
    Schwartz, Perry & Heller, LLP are the most skilled Lawyers for your discrimination case in the Tri-State area. Their integrity, personal attention, and knowledge are superior. They won my case and can win yours. Nothing beats the best.
    - D.K.
    "Caring, smart, highly skilled negotiators"
    Davida Perry and Brian Heller are very caring, attentive and highly skilled negotiators who gave me expert representation to win my negotiation and achieve my goals.
    - D.
    New York, NY
    "From day 1 of the consultation to the very end I felt like the most important client to the firm."
    Amazing team of Attorneys. From day 1 of the consultation to the very end I felt like the most important client to the firm. Brian Heller who I dealt with personally was amazing. Whether it was a call or email responses were very prompt and I was kept informed every step of the way. Even a few calls just to check in and say hello. Truly an incredible experience and I would recommend them to anyone seeking justice. If they take your case they will fight with you to the end. A+
    - D.W.
    "We remain tremendously grateful for his support and look forward to working with him again."
    On short notice, Brian Heller reviewed contracts with complex international dimensions and found important discrepancies that I and other senior-level executives had missed completely. He was fast, thorough, and detail-oriented in providing pragmatic advice that enabled us to be sure that we were getting the fairest and best possible treatment under the law. We remain tremendously grateful for his support and look forward to working with him again.
    - Eric
    "Davida Perry not only did an amazing job calming down my nerves but she fought for me tooth and nail and did a great job securing what my past employer owed me."
    After having a terrible experience at my last job, facing the anxiety again of having to rehash the treatment was daunting. Davida Perry not only did an amazing job calming down my nerves but she fought for me tooth and nail and did a great job securing what my past employer owed me. I won’t lie, there were moments I wanted to give up, but Davida was always there to help me stay focused and realize that I didn’t need to let them win. She was really great at countering all of their arguments, I pity anyone that would try to prove her wrong. She thought of everything we need and kept me constantly updated. Mostly what I appreciated about Davida was her kindness, and her genuine care for my mental health. She wanted to make sure I was taking care of myself during a very trying time. I cannot recommend this firm enough. They all clearly care about their clients and want to do best for you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, and if you’re worried about the challenges that lie ahead be sure to team with Schwartz Perry & Heller, they will have your back and fight for justice.
    - T.B.
    "He was nothing but professional and incredibly responsive. I can't recommend him enough."
    Brian was extremely helpful and responsive it helping me review my first ever separation agreement. He was able to explain the legalese in a way that allowed me to understand the risks I could be taking on down the road. After speaking to him, I was able to negotiate to include additional language in my agreement that will protect my future career. He was nothing but professional and incredibly responsive. I can't recommend him enough.
    - Former Client
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