Daniel A. Schwartz has extensive trial and litigation experience in both the federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation and trade secret enforcement. He also represents employers in various employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, and wage and hour issues.
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.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Dan served as a member of a large national firm, where he worked on labor & employment and commercial litigation matters and as counsel to a large Connecticut-based firm. In 1999, he served as sole in-house employment counsel for a major international manufacturing company during a year-long assignment.
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 is the author of the independent Connecticut Employment Law Blog. He has also been cited in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the labor & employment arena and the Connecticut Law Tribune named him a “New Leader of the Law” in 2003.
In 2008, Dan was a finalist in the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and in 2007, he received the prestigious "Star of the Year" award from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, where he oversaw the work of nearly 80 committees and liaisons, representing thousands of ABA members. For 2007-2008, he has been appointed as liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education. For 2006-2008, he was elected to serve as a Connecticut delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.