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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 a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Team, 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 (2013-2018)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor (2011-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law, Labor Law (2006-2019)
  • 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

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


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
October 6, 2015  Connecticut Protections for Workplace Speech Revised
August 4, 2015  Doing Business With the State of Connecticut: A Guide to Data Privacy and Security Requirements
July 9, 2015  Overtime Pay Changes on the Horizon
March/April 2015  Unravelling the Mysteries of the Family and Medical Leave Act
March 27, 2015  Time to Reevaluate Employee Handbooks
January 22, 2015  New Year Ushers in Changes to Paid Sick Leave Act and Minimum Wage
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

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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
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
September 15, 2014  October Data Privacy Summit
September 12, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in Law360 article, "'Like' Appeal May Test NLRB Protection For Facebook Rants"
August 18, 2014  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 23, 2014  Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
May 12, 2014  Dan Schwartz featured as a guest on WNPR's "Where We Live"
December 24, 2013  Schwartz Recaps 2013 EEOC, Social Media Issues

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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
October 16, 2014  Raiders of the Data Ark - Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Summit
October 14-16, 2014  National Retail Federation's Human Resources Executives Summit 2014
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

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

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  • Connecticut
  • New York

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  • 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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