Employment law litigator Daniel A. Schwartz has changed firms, but the award-winning blog he writes in his free time will continue to provide an online platform for analysis of a variety of legal topics.
Schwartz made the move this week from Pullman & Comley, where he had been working as a partner in the labor and employment law practice for six years, to the larger firm of Shipman & Goodwin. As a litigator with experience defending employers in discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims, Schwartz joins more than 20 lawyers in Shipman's Hartford-based employment law practice group.
"Dan is the perfect addition to our existing group of lawyers," said Brian Clemow, chair of the labor and employment practice group at Shipman. "Our clients expect comprehensive litigation support and Dan has a breadth of experience that will enhance our capabilities."
The firm approached Schwartz with the offer to make the move. Shipman currently has 150 lawyers, while Pullman & Comley has 88. Both firms have been expanding their employment law practices. Shipman hiring executives said acquiring someone with Schwartz's experience level was an important strategic move.
"I think Dan will complement our existing group nicely," Clemow said.
"Shipman really is growing its employment law litigation area and it really is a good fit, personality wise and practice-wise," Schwartz said. At the same time, he had nothing but positive things to say about Pullman & Comley. The firm was supportive of his efforts as a lawyer and his devotion to daily updates on his pet project, the Connecticut Employment Law Blog. "Pullman was very supportive of the blog for the last five years, and allowed it to really grow," Schwartz said.
He plans to expand the type of writing he does on the blog. "The platform allows for an opportunity to talk with my clients about issues they face," Schwartz said. "Hopefully I can tailor it to fill some of the needs that other clients at Shipman have as well."
Pullman & Comley recently expanded its education law practice area by hiring all but one member of the Hartford firm Sullivan Schoen Campane & Connon. The six attorneys at the 38-year-old firm, including William R. Connon and well-known school attorney Michael P. McKeon, moved to Pullman & Comley's downtown Hartford office last month.
That addition of that group, which works closely with attorneys in the labor and employment law practice, had nothing to do with the decision by Schwartz to switch firms, executives at Pullman& Comley said.
Rob Morris, chairman of Pullman & Comley, said Schwartz is an excellent lawyer and a "wonderful person."
"Dan was an asset to our firm," Morris said. "We will miss him, but we understand his decision.He is going to a fine firm and we wish him well."