Ms. Schröder has been providing employment and labor services to private and public sector clients for more than twenty-two years. She is the lead attorney in providing legal services to ECMCC and numerous of the firm’s private sector clients. Ms. Schröder represents, on both a local and national level, some of the nation’s largest publicly and privately owned companies and municipal entities, in traditional labor and/or regular employment law and/or employment discrimination matters, including such subject areas as labor relations law, standard employment and executive employment contract breaches/terminations, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, collective bargaining/contract administration, race discrimination litigation, civil rights litigation, sexual harassment and gender discrimination litigation, disability litigation, age discrimination litigation, duty of loyalty litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, political and lifestyle litigation, wage and hour litigation and ERISA litigation. Ms. Schröder’s trial record has resulted in a large number of defense verdicts (approximately an 80% defense verdict record). Additionally, Ms. Schröder has experience in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, advising management on strike/fact-finding/impasse issues, contract administration and arbitration, and other traditional labor law concerns. She has successfully represented a number of local companies in decertification proceedings.
Ms. Schroder received her B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton (under seal for Outstanding Academic Achievement) and her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence (Magna Cum Laude) in 1990, where she was Publications Editor of The Buffalo Law Review and was presented with the Best Oralist award in the school’s Desmond Moot Court Competition. Ms. Schröder practiced in New York City at Dewey Ballantine, LLP, worked for the State University of New York as a Prosecutor, practiced with the law firm of Jaeckle, Fleishmann & Mugel, LLP for five years and then joined the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC (“BIPC”) in 1996, where she was made a shareholder. While affiliated with BIPC, Ms. Schröder handled trial work nationwide for her personal clients as well as BIPC clients, trying significant labor and employment cases in courts in Pennsylvania, New York City, Florida, New Jersey and Delaware. In 2000, she joined with fellow BIPC shareholder, Linda H. Joseph to form SJA.
A regular contributor for The Daily Record and the Buffalo Law Journal, Ms. Schröder regularly writes on topics of interest to employers in labor and employment law. She has authored/co-authored national and international papers and she is often interviewed and quoted by media on labor and employment law subjects. She is a former adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and at Cornell University ILR extension, is a former grader for the New York State Bar Examination and regularly participates as an instructor in seminars on a myriad of employment issues.
Ms. Schröder is admitted to all New York State and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Courts and the United States District Courts for the Western, Southern and Northern Districts of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Schröder has handled numerous claims before the EEOC, as well as claims and trials before the New York State Division of Human Rights, the National Labor Relations Board, PERB and claims in the Department of Labor (state and federal).
Ms. Schröder is a 1998 Business First’s “40 under Forty” Award winner, the 2002 Society for Human Resource Management, Niagara Frontier Chapter’s “Outstanding Human Resource Professional” Award winner, is a former Vice-President and Treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”) and is a YMCA 2006 Leader (Professional) Nominee. Ms. Schröder is a Henrietta L. Pitler and Rischel-Searles Memorial Award winner, presented for excellence in scholarship and leadership and for community service and academic excellence, respectively. Ms. Schröder is also a former chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for the Erie County Bar Association and has been repeatedly recognized by Business First’s “Who’s Who in Law” and in “Super Lawyers,” where she was named again this year as among the top 25 women attorneys in Upstate New York and among the top 50 lawyers of all genders in New York State. She is the 2006 recipient of the Hon. M. Delores Denman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2009 recipient of the Buffalo Pre-Natal and Peri-Natal Network Recognition Award.
Ms. Schröder is active in a number of charitable and community groups. She is the current Captain of the Franklinville Fire Department’s EMT Ambulance Squad, where she regularly answers 911 calls on weeknights and weekends. She is certified to teach CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association, and she is a Certified Lab Instructor for EMTs. She has worked with the Buffalo Pre-Natal and Peri-Natal Network (“BPPN”) (Former Chair, Sustainability Committee member, By-Laws and Nominations Committees). BPPN’s mission is to improve birth outcomes in the City of Buffalo and the County of Erie and it serves historically “at-risk” populations in the most economically disadvantaged portions of the City. She has also worked with Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care on annual fundraising efforts, and she is a former member of the Board of Directors for Students against Violence through Education (“S.A.V.E.”). Ms. Schröder recently left her positions on the Board of the Kaleida Health Foundation and the Board of Directors of The Kavinoky Theatre, where she chaired their annual fundraiser, so that she could pursue further work as a volunteer EMT.