Brenda C. Zwack
In 2002, Brenda Zwack graduated magna cum laude in the top 5% of her class from Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Zwack worked in the labor movement and attended law school with the goal of becoming a union-side labor lawyer. In 2002, Ms. Zwack joined O'Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C. as an associate and continued in this role until early 2008. At that time, following the birth of her first child, Ms. Zwack left the firm temporarily to work in the Legal Department of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In May of 2009, she returned to O'Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson as Of Counsel. She became a Principal of the firm in 2012.
During her years with the firm, Ms. Zwack has worked on a variety of issues pertaining to the representation of workers and the governance and operation of unions. Ms. Zwack has served in a close advisory role to top officers of one of the firm's main national union clients and has arbitrated national-level arbitration cases involving issues affecting hundreds of thousands of workers. She has represented unions and employees in federal district and appellate courts and before administrative bodies.
In addition to her national level and federal practice, Ms. Zwack has focused a significant part of her practice on the representation of local unions of public employees of the District of Columbia. In this arena, Ms. Zwack has litigated in D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, before various administrative agencies and before dozens of arbitrators. In the small world of lawyers familiar with the particulars of public employee labor law and relations in the District, Ms. Zwack has established herself as an expert in the field and has time and again produced successful results for her local clients.
Ms. Zwack is an active member of the legal and civic community in the District of Columbia. She has served as an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the D.C. Bar and is a member and officer on the board of directors of School for Friends Preschool. She lives with her husband (who is an AFSCME member) and two children (who are future union activists) in Northeast Washington, DC.