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Daniel A. Schwartz


Hartford: (860) 251-5038
Stamford: (203) 324-8100
Hartford Office, Stamford Office
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Daniel A. Schwartz represents employers in a broad spectrum of employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, data privacy 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.  He has also represented employers in appeals to the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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, hiring and termination, employment handbooks and policies, family and medical leave, and responding to government audits. He also represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Connecticut Department of Labor, defending claims of wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and employment discrimination. 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 also a member of the firm’s Data Privacy and Protection Practice Group, which uses a multi-disciplinary approach to providing advice to clients on various industries. Dan has experience in drafting policies and procedures for clients to protect employee data, and has provided advice to clients dealing with data breaches involving sensitive employee information.  Moreover, Dan has litigated matters to enforce restrictive covenants enabling companies to protect their trade secret or confidential information.  Dan is a frequent presenter on the topic, having been invited to speak on Data Privacy and Security to the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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. From 2009-2014, 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” 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 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).  In 2015, he also published the chapter “Social Media: Here Today, Here Tomorrow” in the book, The Relevant Lawyer - Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession (ABA Publishing 2015).  


  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Business: Labor and Employment (2013-2019)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor (2011-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law, Labor Law (2006-2020)
  • 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


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 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
November 12, 2015  Dan Schwartz Comments on Overtime Pay Rule in NBC News Article
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 17, 2015  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 40 Firm Attorneys
May 19, 2015  Chambers Recognizes 23 as Leaders in Their Field
March 9, 2015  Dan Schwartz Offers Commentary on Password Bill for WNPR News

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November 15, 2019  CBIA's 2019 Employment Law Conference
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
November 18, 2015  CT Technology Council 2015 IT Summit
November 6, 2015  Building Your Practice 140 Characters at a Time
October 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 20, 2015  Webinar: Workplace Gambling: High Stakes Ethical Dilemmas
October 1, 2015  October 1, 2015 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
May 7, 2015  May 7 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
April 30, 2015  ALI-CLE: Handbook Redux
April 17, 2015  ABA-CLE: Transitioning from Mentee to Supervisor
April 8, 2015  "Gotta Have Faith?" - Religion and the Workplace
April 7, 2015  Networking and Marketing in the Digital Age:
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
February 26, 2015  CBA: The Perils of Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter - Legal Considerations of Social Media
October 31, 2014  2014 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar

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  • 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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