Dan Schwartz - Finalist

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is proud to recognize Daniel A. Schwartz of Avon, Connecticut, as a Finalist for the first ever ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. 

Mr. Schwartz is a proud father of three children and a devoted husband.  He is also a Member in the Hartford office of Pullman & Comley LLC. Mr. Schwartz’s practice involves major trial work, with an emphasis on commercial and employment matters for international corporations and regional companies.

Since his graduation in 1995 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was in the Top 10% of his class, Mr. Schwartz has become an experienced attorney who has managed numerous cases in federal and state courts and in various administrative agencies.  He has first-chaired jury and bench trials, tried injunction hearings, and represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board. He has also argued before the Second Circuit and Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  He has negotiated complex client service and executive contracts, developed affirmative action plans, and counseled in-house counsel and human resource managers on employment law topics.  His expertise and performance led to him being named “Best Lawyers in America” for Connecticut Labor & Employment Law in 2005-2008 by Corporate Counsel Magazine and New York Magazine.  Peter M. Stein, Managing Shareholder at Mr. Schwartz’s office, describes him as being “an excellent trial attorney” with “wonderful client service skills” and a bountiful knowledge of labor and employment law issues.

Mr. Schwartz is also a recognized leader of the Connecticut bar. In 2005 the Connecticut Bar Foundation named him the James W. Cooper Fellow Recipient, which is presented to an individual with superior legal ability, and a devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation.  In 2003 he also received the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders of the Law” Award.    

Mr. Schwartz’s leadership roles in the Connecticut Bar Association are many.  In 2005-06 he served as the organization’s Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.  He currently serves as one of the CBA’s Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and chairs the CBA’s Diversity Committee. He also serves or has served on the CBA’s Long Range Planning Committee, Awards Committee, and Task Force on Executive Compensation. Moreover, he has served on the Executive Committee of the CBA’s Labor & Employment Section since 2000.  In July 2007 he began a three-year term as a member of the CBA’s House of Delegates.

In 2004-05 Mr. Schwartz chaired the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section during an award winning year.  Prior to serving as YLS Chair, Mr. Schwartz served as the organization’s Treasurer and as a member of its Executive Committee.  During his term as YLS Chair, Mr. Schwartz oversaw the first substantial revision to the YLS’s Bylaws in nearly 15 years and began a project to address the problems of balancing work and life as young attorneys.  Under Mr. Schwartz’s leadership the YLS also expanded its Continuing Legal Education Basic Practice Series, producing twelve seminars, and developed a new quarterly newsletter that focuses on topics of interest to young lawyers.  The YLS received numerous awards from the ABA YLD for its accomplishments, including Best Newsletter and Best Public Service Project.

Mr. Schwartz’s service to and leadership in the CBA has caused him to be “a recognized and go-to-person within the CBA.” According to Tim Hazen, the CBA’s Executive Director, “when the search is out for a solid, thoughtful and creative leader to fill a key volunteer role, Dan’s name is often the first one mentioned.”

Mr. Schwartz’s bar service does not stop at the Connecticut border.  Instead he is a recognized leader in the ABA. Since 2002 Mr. Schwartz has been an active leader and volunteer in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He began this service with a two-year stint as Chair of the YLD’s Labor & Employment Committee before serving one year on the YLD’s Membership Board. In 2005-06 he received his first appointment to the YLD’s Council, where he served as one of four Committee Directors. In 2006-07 Mr. Schwartz was appointed to be the YLD’s Senior Committee Director by YLD Chair Jay E. Ray. According to Mr. Ray, “Dan was the best Senior Committee Director I have seen in my many years of involvement in the YLD. He took an area of challenge for the YLD—getting more of our committees involved in the mission of the YLD—and turned it into one of our strengths for the 06-07 bar year. Dan is an amazing leader that can accomplish any task given to him, no matter how difficult.”  For his service as Senior Committee Director, Mr. Schwartz was named Star of the Year by Mr. Ray. Mr. Schwartz also received three ABA YLD Star of the Quarter awards during his years of service in the ABA YLD. Mr. Schwartz currently serves as Liaison to the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Schwartz is also dedicated to serving his community. Since 1999 Mr. Schwartz has represented neglected and uncared-for children on a pro bono basis for Lawyers for Children America. He has also been a judge for the Connecticut Middle School Mock Trial Competition since 1999. Mr. Schwartz currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Urban League of Greater Hartford, and as an Event Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Connecticut. In addition, Mr. Schwartz serves on the Avon Democratic Town Committee and recently ran for local office in Avon, Connecticut.

In naming Daniel A. Schwartz a finalist for the ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the OYLA Board is in complete agreement with the CBA Executive Director's declaration that “the legal profession in Connecticut and across the country is blessed to count Attorney Dan Schwartz among its leaders.”