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Partner - Daniel A. Schwartz

Daniel A. Schwartz

Partner

Hartford: (860) 251-5038
Stamford: (203) 324-8100
dschwartz@goodwin.com
Hartford Office, Stamford Office
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Dan has decades of experience solving complex, employment law problems for companies, including financial services and hedge funds, technology companies, and fortune 500 companies; public and private schools; and non-profits to help them avoid litigation and remain successful. He has brought his substantial experience to hundreds of federal and state cases nationwide, litigating in a variety of areas, including employment discrimination and FMLA, retaliation and whistleblowing restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wage and hour class actions, and commercial litigation.  He also serves as a mediator in cases in Connecticut, reflecting both his deep knowledge and the respect of his legal peers. 

Lauded by clients and peers for being a “go-to source” with “substantial knowledge of employment issues,” Dan brings a practical approach and warm demeanor to sensitive and difficult situations. For large multi-national companies, family-owned businesses, home healthcare employers, independent schools, manufacturers and more, Dan helps clients solve problems and manage issues such as voluntary and involuntary reductions in force, employee investigations, pandemic-related leave and absences, hiring and termination, employment handbooks and policies, and responding to government audits on wage & hour and misclassification issues.

In litigation, Dan brings the same practical approach by zealously advocating for clients while highlighting the risks and benefits specific to each case. He has successfully defended employers in wrongful termination lawsuits, both at the trial and appellate courts, and has argued cases at the Second and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.  

For over 13 years, Dan has published the “Connecticut Employment Law Blog”, one of the most widely read and respected law blogs in the nation. From 2009-2014, the ABA Journal named it one of the top 100 blogs produced by lawyers (the "Blawg 100") and in 2014, also named the blog to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” where it remains today, 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 highly sought after nationwide as a presenter on employment law and technology-related issues to groups, including the National Retail Federation, the Society of Human Resources and Management, the American Bar Association, and the Connecticut Bar Association. 

Beyond lawyering, Dan is a leader in the American and Connecticut bars and the community. For over 15 years, he has served in the ABA House of Delegates, before becoming the Connecticut State Delegate and serving on the ABA Nominating Committee since 2015. He is presently Past-Chair of the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Coopers Fellows, after two years of leading that group in programs related to the opioid epidemic, systemic racism, rule of law, and other leading-edge issues in society. He is the past President of the Golf Club of Avon, after two years of leading that organization through a new playground, a new website and mobile app, renovations to the course, and a strategic initiative for the next five years. Dan also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation and is the former Chair of Corporate Sponsorship Programs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. 

When not working or thinking about the law, Dan enjoys trivia, participating in “Learned League” and once appearing on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with Regis Philbin. He is a devoted husband and proud parent to three teenagers. Dan also enjoys spending time grilling, skiing and golfing, though he confesses that he is mediocre at best with all.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Business: Labor and Employment (2013-2020)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor (2010-2020)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2021): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Labor Law: Management
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law, Labor Law (2006-2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star (2020); Labor & Employment Star (2020)
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Sustaining Life Fellow
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top Author, Employer Liability Issues (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2010)
  • "Legal Rebels," ABA Journal (2009)
  • Top 25 Online Voices in Employment Law, HR Examiner (2012)
  • Fastcase 50 Award, Fastcase (2012)
  • Top Lawyer: Employment/Labor and Litigation, Hartford Magazine (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)
  • New Leader of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2003)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association House of Delegates (2005-Present); Connecticut State Delegate (2015-Present)
  • American Bar Association: Nominating Committee (2015-Present)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows: Chair (2018); Vice-Chair (2016-2018); Education and Program Committee, Chair (2017-2018)
  • American Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Section; Past co-chair, Social Media Subcommittee (2012-2014)
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Section, Executive Committee Member (2006-2017)
  • Hartford County Bar Association: Board of Directors, Directors (2014-2017)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford: Corporate Partnership Chair (2014-Present); Co-Chair, 2015 Men’s Philanthropy “Visions” Event; Member, Planning & Allocation Steering Committee
  • Golf Club of Avon: First Vice President (2017-Present); Member, Board of Governors (2015-Present)
  • March of Dimes, Hartford Chapter: Past Chair, Celebrity Chef Stars Dinner
  • Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation: Member, Board of Directors (2016-Present); Co-Chair, Men’s Club (2016-2017)
  • American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Farmington Valley Chapter, Parent Volunteer

Publications

November 12, 2020  Connecticut Rolls Back to "Phase 2.1": What's Next?
August 18, 2020  Connecticut Updates Mask and Face Covering Rule Narrowing Medical Exemption
July 28, 2020  Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7JJJ: Worker's Compensation Benefits for a COVID-19 Diagnosis?
June 25, 2020  "Self-Quarantine" Requirement for Some Travelers Complicates Rules for Employers
June 24, 2020  Does Your Workforce's Use of Cloth Face Masks Satisfy OSHA Rules and Guidance?
June 17, 2020  As Phase Two Begins, Connecticut Employers Must Still Comply with Pandemic Workplace Rules
June 8, 2020  Connecticut Issues New Batch of Reopening Guidelines for Phase Two
May 12, 2020  Governor Lamont Issues Guidelines for "Reopen Connecticut - Phase 1"
May 5, 2020  Contact Tracing, Privacy and COVID-19
May 1, 2020  Hiring Doesn't Take 20/20 Vision
April 22, 2020  Connecticut Modifies Mask Rule in Workplaces, Creates Exceptions in Solitary Spaces
April 18, 2020  New Mandatory Mask Rules Now In Effect for Essential Workplaces and Stores
April 16, 2020  Shared Work Program: From Unknown Program to Starring Role in Pandemic
April 8, 2020  State and Feds Issue New Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Businesses
April 2, 2020  DOL Officially Releases Regulations on Paid Leave, Adding Some New Wrinkles
March 29, 2020  COVID-19: USDOL Clarifies Exemptions to Paid Leave Provisions Under FFCRA for Healthcare Providers, Emergency Responders and Small Businesses
March 27, 2020  USDOL Issues Second Round of Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave
March 25, 2020  USDOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave Provisions
March 23, 2020  Executive Order No. 7J: New DECD Guidance and Rules of the Road for "Stay Safe, Stay Home"
March 21, 2020  COVID-19 Update: Connecticut's "Stay Safe – Stay at Home Order"
March 19, 2020  Update: President Trump Signs Emergency Leave Law: What this Means for Your Business
March 17, 2020  Employers Contemplating Layoffs Have No Good Choices Except Perhaps WARN To Follow
March 13, 2020  With Coronavirus in Connecticut, Some Preliminary FAQs for Manufacturers
March 9, 2020  With Coronavirus in Connecticut, Some Preliminary FAQs for Employers
June 5, 2019  General Assembly Passes Series of Reforms to Connecticut's Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Laws
January 17, 2017  New Requirements for New York Employers
May 19, 2016  Final Overtime Rule Released: What Are The Implications for Connecticut Employers
May 9, 2016  Connecticut General Assembly Addresses Several Employment-Related Bills in Shortened Session
December 3, 2015  New Year Will Usher in Changes to Connecticut's Minimum Wage

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News

October 13, 2020  CT Lawyers Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers
October 11, 2020  Dan Schwartz Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle Article "Silicon Valley companies are rethinking free speech at the office"
August 24, 2020  Dan Schwartz Quoted in Law360 Article "Leave Issues Puzzling Employers As New School Year Starts"
August 21, 2020  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 42 Lawyers
August 21, 2020  Seven Lawyers Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
May 11, 2020  2020 Chambers Guide Recognizes Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
April 8, 2020  Dan Schwartz quoted in ctpost article on "safe workplace" rules
March 23, 2020  Dan Schwartz Weighs in on COVID-19's Impact on Local Businesses in WNPR Interview
March 21, 2020  Dan Schwartz Tapped to Serve on CBA's Newly Formed 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force
December 6, 2019  Daniel Schwartz Selected to Serve on American Bar Association's Presidential Appointments Committee
October 17, 2019  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2019  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Attorneys
July 17, 2019  Dan Schwartz Blog Quoted in Talkingpointsmemo.com Article
July 11, 2019  The Day Quotes Dan Schwartz on Confederate Flag Case
April 29, 2019  Chambers Recognizes 18 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
March 28, 2019  Daniel Schwartz Named a Top Author by JD Supra
October 18, 2018  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2018  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
June 7, 2018  Dan Schwartz Weighs in on Harassment in the Workplace in WNPR Interview
May 14, 2018  Daniel Schwartz Selected as Chair of CT Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program
May 3, 2018  Chambers Recognizes 23 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
March 19, 2018  Brenda Eckert and Daniel Schwartz Named Top Authors by JD Supra
October 17, 2017  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
September 15, 2017  The New York Times Quotes Dan Schwartz on Issues Surrounding "Speech of Public Concern"
August 15, 2017  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
May 26, 2017  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
March 20, 2017  Dan Schwartz Named a Top Author by JD Supra
December 16, 2016  The Washington Post Quotes Dan Schwartz on Free Speech Issue
December 12, 2016  Dan Schwartz Weighs in on Hair Discrimination in WNPR Interview
October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
September 11, 2016  Connecticut Post Quotes Dan Schwartz on Employer Issues Related to the Zika Virus
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 31, 2016  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
April 20, 2016  Dan Schwartz Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report
March 21, 2016  Dan Schwartz Featured on CBIA Business Minute: The National Labor Relations Board in 2016
March 14, 2016  Dan Schwartz Receives JD Supra Readers' Choice Award as a Top Author
February 24, 2016  Dan Schwartz Quoted on ‘Ban the Box' Legislation Raised in Connecticut

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Events

February 9, 2021  Webinar: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
October 2020  CLE Event: Virtual Seminar - 2020 Fall Labor and Employment Webinar Series
May 12, 2020  CLE Event: Webinar: Managing Employees with Serious Health Conditions as Businesses Reopen
April 14, 2020  Webinar: Labor and Employment Law and Policy Amid the Pandemic Crisis: How Attorneys Can Advise Clients Now
April 8, 2020  Webinar: Understanding the Federal Stimulus Program
March 31, 2020  CLE Event: Webinar: In the COVID-19 Pandemic, What Comes Next For Employers?
March 30, 2020  Webinar: Understanding the Federal Stimulus Program
March 24, 2020  Webinar: COVID-19 Pandemic - Managing and Protecting Your Employees Globally
March 9, 2020  Webinar: Pandemic Preparedness - Avoiding Panic and Doing the Right Things
March 4, 2020  Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut (ABCT) Workshop and Roundtable
January 15, 2020  CLE Event: What's New for 2020: Labor and Employment Law
December 17, 2019  The Ever Changing Rules on Medical Marijuana
November 15, 2019  CBIA's 2019 Employment Law Conference
November 12, 2019  CLE Event: Webinar: When the CHRO and EEOC Come Calling - Strategies for Employers
October 11, 2019  CLE Event: 2019 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
March 21, 2019  CBF Fellows Roundtable
March 6, 2019  Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut (ABCT) Workshop and Roundtable
December 4, 2018  Webinar: The Best-Ever Year-End Employment Law Review that Five Employment Law Bloggers Have Ever Presented
October 25, 2018  CLE Event: 2018 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 22, 2018  Overcoming Barriers in Employment: Legal Update CHRO Reimagined
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
February 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Are You at Risk? An In-Depth Look at Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention and Company Culture
December 7, 2017  Webinar: Employment Law Year in Review
November 16-17, 2017  2017 IASA Northeastern Chapter 54th Annual Regional Conference
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
May 18, 2017  WorkSmart Hartford 2017: Annual IT, Business & Security Conference
May 4, 2017  May 4, 2017 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
March 28, 2017  Is Your HR Data Going Rogue? Practical Steps for HR to Take
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 19, 2016  October 19, 2016 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Stamford, CT
June 13, 2016  CBA 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference
June 7, 2016  Webinar: Important CT Employer Update on the New Federal Overtime Rule
May 2-4, 2016  2016 Tri-State SHRM Conference "Building a Sustainable HR Legacy"
May 2, 2016  HR's New Challenge: Cyber Security
March 23, 2016  CBIA 2016 HR Conference: The NLRB in 2016: Why it May Be Your Biggest Headache — Particularly If You Don't Have a Union
December 11, 2015  Update on Data Privacy and Human Resources Law

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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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