Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg focuses her practice on employee’s 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, trainings, handbooks, and severance agreements.
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. She also earned the 2016 Award of Excellence from the Decalogue Society of Lawyers for her pro bono work and a Suburban Leadership Award from Open Communities for her advocacy in favor of the Cook County sick leave and minimum wage increase ordinances.
Gail is active in the community. She was elected to a four-year term as New Trier Township Trustee in 2017 and is running for Supervisor in 2021. Gail currently sits on the Administrative Committee of the Jewish United Fund, Community Resource Committee of Wilmette School District 39, co-chairs the Legislative Committee of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, serves on the Quality Jobs Council for Women Employed, Board Member of PersonalPAC and Beth Hillel B'nai Emunah in Wilmette, and is a Cooperating Attorney for the ACLU's Judicial Bypass Project. 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 North Suburban Leadership Council and Illinois Government Affairs Committee. Gail also co-leads her daughter's Brownie troop, for which she is Cookie Mom, and is an active member of her local League of Women Voters.
Before joining Loftus and Eisenberg, Gail practiced employee’s 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.