Daniel "Dan" Schwartz is a partner in Day Pitney's Labor and Employment department. Dan defends employers in a wide variety of litigation matters, including but not limited to claims alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, whistleblower retaliation, violation of wage statutes and infliction of emotional distress. He also represents companies and individuals in injunction hearings arising from and related to non-competition, non-solicitation and/or confidential information agreements. In conjunction with his active litigation practice, Dan counsels and advises employers on hiring procedures, employment contracts, employee handbooks, internal investigations, accommodation of disabilities, harassment prevention, employee disciplinary issues, termination decisions, and a variety of other matters. Dan assists clients both in avoiding litigation and in establishing the best available defenses to litigation. The clients with whom Dan regularly works include several Fortune 500 companies, financial services firms, hedge funds, private and parochial schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations.
According to the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, Dan has a strong reputation for his work on a range of litigation issues, including non-competition matters. Clients comment that he is excellent to work with and very well prepared, and they have been impressed by how he executes in an efficient and effective way.
Successfully defended investment advisor firm at a hearing where former senior executives sought a pre-judgment remedy of $20 million
Obtained summary judgment in federal district court and an affirmance from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a case where a terminated employee alleged discrimination based on his disability of alcoholism
Obtained jury verdicts in favor of defendant employers in several different age, race and gender discrimination cases
Obtained temporary restraining orders and/or preliminary injunctions in several different matters to prevent former employees from breaching non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements
Represented employer before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a case where the Court reversed a jury verdict of $400,000 for the terminated employee and directed judgment in favor of the employer
Obtained a finding of no liability from an American Arbitration Association panel on behalf of the defendant employer where the plaintiff former CEO sought in excess of $9 million in additional stock options and restricted stock
Obtained a finding of no liability in favor of the defendant hedge fund in an arbitration where the plaintiff former analyst alleged gender discrimination and sought in excess of $2 million in damages
Successfully defended a large manufacturer at a CHRO public hearing where the claimant alleged a sexually hostile work environment
Obtained summary judgment decisions in favor of defendant employers in multiple discrimination and breach of contract cases
Obtained no liability decisions from FINRA arbitration panels in several different cases alleging claims of unsuitable investment advice, negligent supervision, and/or misrepresentation and seeking in excess of $1 million in damages
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading labor and employment attorney, 2005-2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Labor Law – Union, 2011-2019
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Employment and Labor, 2006-2017
Chosen in the Stamford Area by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) as Labor Lawyer of the Year, 2013 and 2017
Selected to the list of Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
Former deputy district attorney, Alameda County, CA, 1989-1991
Former federal court law clerk, 1988-1989
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