With nearly 25 years in practice, Sana Swe is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience advising clients regarding employment law compliance and dispute resolution. She is a compassionate professional who strives to understand the nuances of her clients’ businesses and to provide candid, practical counsel.
Sana leverages her first-hand knowledge of both sides of the employer-employee relationship to help clients navigate a range of issues and challenges. She routinely advises clients regarding employment matters arising from mergers, acquisitions, layoffs and reorganizations, and potential liability resulting from employment practices, policies, and actual and threatened litigation.
Sana represents clients in an array of employment-related areas, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, family and medical leaves of absence under state and federal law, disability and pregnancy accommodation, whistleblower actions, wrongful termination, wage and hour, breach of contract, trade secrets, non-solicitation, and unfair competition. In addition to drafting policies, procedures, and position statements, Sana manages virtually all phases of individual, representative and class-action litigation.
Working closely with in-house human resources and legal professionals, Sana counsels on compliance, litigation, and investigation inquiries from outside state and federal agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Additionally, she trains client workforces, including executives, regarding legal rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
Clients respect Sana for her ability to digest business-specific issues in employment cases while navigating their human elements and to work effectively with human resources professionals, business leaders, and decision-makers at the highest levels of corporate management.
Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, in her own private practice and as an employment law partner in a global firm, Sana’s overriding goal has been to help clients avoid, if possible, and resolve employment law issues so they may focus on their business pursuits.
Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Attorney, 2017
California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2004