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Daniel A. Schwartz

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Daniel A. Schwartz represents employers in various employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, and wage and hour issues.  He has extensive trial and litigation experience in both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation and trade secret enforcement.

Dan represents companies in disputes related to contracts and other commercial matters, and advises employers on topics such as voluntary and involuntary reductions in force, employee investigations, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, benefits, wage and hour laws, hiring and termination, employment handbooks and policies, family and medical leave, and responding to government audits. He represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, defending claims of wrongful termination, civil rights violations, employment discrimination and employee benefits litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In addition, he provides timely and practical advice on ways to minimize the risk of litigation and how to respond to any lawsuits or complaints that may arise.

Dan is the author of the independent Connecticut Employment Law Blog, one of the most widely read blogs of its kind in the nation. The blog discusses new and noteworthy events in labor and employment law on a daily basis. For the last five years, the ABA Journal named it one of the top 100 blogs produced by lawyers (the "Blawg 100"). In 2014, it also named the blog to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” noting that Dan “consistently impresses us with concise and incisive analysis of the latest cases and issues to arise in employment law." In 2013, the United States Library of Congress selected the website for inclusion in the historic collection of internet materials related to "Legal Blawgs."

Dan is a frequent presenter on a wide range of employment law and commercial litigation topics, and has been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television programs and legal blogs on employment law topics. He recently published a chapter on social media and human resources issues in Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace (Thompson Publishing, 2011).

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Business: Labor and Employment; 2013-2014
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor; 2011-2013
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal; 2010
  • ABA Journal, "Legal Rebels"; 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law, Management and Labor Law; 2006-2015
  • HR Examiner, Top 25 Online Voices in Employment Law; 2012
  • Fastcase, Fastcase 50 Award; 2012
  • Hartford Magazine, Top Lawyer: Employment/Labor and litigation; April 2010; July 2012
  • American Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award: Finalist; 2008
  • American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division: Star of the Year Award; 2007
  • Connecticut Law Tribune: New Leader of the Law; 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Publications

September 4, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in the Inc. article, "Why 'Wage Theft' Should Scare You"
August 13, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in the ABC News piece, "Woman Says She Was Denied Job Due to Peanut Allergy"
July 14, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in LTN News article, "Hackers Are After Employee Data Now"
March 14, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in CT Law Tribune article, "Bill Would Ban Requests For Social Media Passwords"
March 6, 2014  Employers Be Forewarned: The Forms You Use to Obtain Applicant Background Checks May Violate FCRA
March/April 2014  Social Media 2.0: The Next Generation of Hyperconnectivity
February 25, 2014  Law Firms Keep Catching On To The Benefits Of Blogs
February 24, 2014  What Employers Need To Know About The New Social Media
December 23, 2013  Q&A: Year-End Thoughts on EEOC Enforcement, Social Media Trends
December 12, 2013  Experts give their solutions to difficult workplace problems
December 4, 2013  Arbitration agreement waiving workers' class action rights is allowed: Court
October 30, 2013  Dan Schwartz quoted in article, "Disappearing Social Media Isn't Going Anywhere."
September 23, 2013  Use of the Words 'Husband,' 'Wife,' and 'Spouse' in Contracts
September 18, 2013  Dan Schwartz quoted in Law360 article, "NLRB Might 'Like' 4th Circ. Facebook Ruling, Attys Say."
September 2, 2013  Clemow and Schwartz quoted in Hartford Business Journal article, "Pullman, Shipman Vie For Social Media Practice Dominance."
August 16, 2013  Dan Schwartz quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune article, "Supreme Court Affirms Termination In Sexual Harassment Case."
August 1, 2013  Interview: Dan Schwartz Discusses Workplace Mobile Video and Social Media Usage
June 4, 2013  Daniel Schwartz quoted in Thomson Reuters article, "New mental-health manual seen as boosting disability claims"
May 21, 2013  The Latest Social Media Concern for Employers
May 2, 2013  Proposal Would 'Create Chaos' in the Workplace, Experts Say
May 2013  Bill Creates Chaos for Employers
February 2013  Should you monitor your employees' social media use?
November 6, 2012  Answers to Tough HR Questions
October 2012  Daniel Schwartz quoted in Human Resources Journal article, "Employers Prune Job Applicants Through Personality Tests: Be Careful They Could Be Discriminatory."

Events

October 16, 2014  Raiders of the Data Ark - Data Privacy & Cyber Security Summit
October 2, 2014  October 2 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
May 12, 2014  Dan Schwartz featured as a guest on WNPR's "Where We Live"
May 9, 2014  NELA: Technology Tools for the Employment Law Practitioner
May 2, 2014  SHRM: Pirates of the Data Stream - HR's Role in Securing Corporate Information
April 8, 2014  HCBA: Using Social Media to Enhance Your Marketing in 2014 and Beyond
April 3, 2014  April 3 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
February 28, 2014  The Race to Hire...Pre-Employment Background Checks and Red Flags
February 13, 2014  ABA: Leveraging the Press - Marketing Yourself through the Media
February 7, 2014  ABA: 2014 Midyear Meeting
February 7, 2014  ABA: Transitioning from Mentee to Supervisor: Partner Responsibilities Under the Rules of Professional Conduct
January 28, 2014  CBIA: It's Not Just DOMA - Recent Decisions that Will Impact HR in 2014
January 8, 2014  CALPI: Investigations and Background Screening
November 22, 2013  LERA: "Facebook Friend" or Foe, How Technology and the Law is Impacting the Workplace
November 15, 2013  Connecticut Technology Council: The IT Summit 2013
October 25, 2013  2013 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 3, 2013  CCSU School of Business: Executive Breakfast Seminar Series
July 16, 2013  Whistleblowing and Other Workplace Issues
June 26, 2013  Roundtable: The Wheelhouse
April 18, 2013  Keep it Secret. Keep it Safe.
April 10, 2013  DriveThruHR panel featuring Dan Schwartz
November 15, 2012  Confession & Profession
October 24, 2012  2012 Social Media Summit
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Practice Areas

Education

  • Washington University (St. Louis), J.D., 1995
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of MI
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
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