J. Andrew “Drew” Schaffer is a senior associate in the firm’s Employment and Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices. He specializes in employment law, including litigation and arbitration, counseling, and employment-related transactional support.  Mr. Schaffer also maintains an active pro bono practice, largely centered around supporting veterans and their families. 

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Schaffer was a senior associate at Jackson Lewis, PC, where he focused on employment advice and counseling and litigation matters.

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Mr. Schaffer focuses his practice on counseling and litigating on behalf of companies across industries in general and complex labor and employment matters. He litigates actions in federal and state courts involving a wide range of employment issues, including misclassification of independent contractors, wage and hour violations, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination. He also represents clients in matters before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, and other administrative agencies charged with enforcement of labor and employment laws.

As part of his counseling practice, Mr. Schaffer routinely advises companies on difficult employee relations and compliance issues, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace investigations, large scale reductions-in-force, employee classification, and personnel policy development and administration.  He also routinely litigates high-exposure Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) and Class Action matters.  Mr. Schaffer assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of critical agreements needed during the employee hiring and termination process, including executive employment agreements, separation agreements and restrictive covenants. In addition to his litigation and counseling practice, Mr. Schaffer provides employment law expertise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings and asset deals.

Mr. Schaffer is also a Commander in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps (Reserve) where he routinely advises servicemembers and military commands on a variety of issues.  Prior to leaving Active Duty service in 2018 and affiliating with the Reserves, Mr. Schaffer served as a federal prosecutor and defense counsel, litigating a variety of criminal matters and trying a number of cases to verdict.  In his capacity as a JAG, and his prior service as an infantry officer with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Mr. Schaffer has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa.  He has earned the Army’s Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge, and has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals for actions in combat and other decorations for his service to the United States.

Mr. Schaffer is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, American Bar Association, California Lawyers Association, and Society for Human Resource Management.


Mr. Schaffer has been recognized by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch” in Labor and Employment Litigation since 2021.

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JD, 2011
University of Connecticut School of Law
MA, 2015
Naval War College
BS, 2004
Boston College





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