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C. Scott Schwefel practices in the area of litigation and represents clients in a wide range of matters including business, real estate, and employment-related disputes.
He has been lead trial counsel representing litigants in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as representing clients in mediation and arbitration.
Mr. Schwefel has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of corporate/business disputes, as well as in litigation involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, business torts and unfair competition claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, and real estate litigation.
In the area of employment law, Mr. Schwefel counsels employers on developing and applying employment policies; negotiating and drafting employment, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements; and advises employers on hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. Mr. Schwefel has significant experience in litigating and defending claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract. He also advises employers regarding compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment.
Mr. Schwefel has developed an extensive practice in property tax litigation, encompassing work in all counties in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and handles tax appeals and abatements for various types of retail, office and industrial properties. He has handled Superior Court tax appeals on behalf of numerous major retailers and financial institutions including CVS Pharmacies, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Company, Diageo North America, and Bank of America.
Mr. Schwefel is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut (admitted in 1997), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1999), the United States District Court in the districts of Connecticut (1998) and Massachusetts (2000), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2012), and the Supreme Court of the United States (2014).
Mr. Schwefel serves as a judge for Yale University’s Mock Trial Association. Mr. Schwefel also volunteers at the Friendship Service Center of New Britain (CT).
- Vice Chair, Property Tax Committee; American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
- Vice Chair, Litigation Committee; American Bar Association, Small Firm and General Practice Division
- Professionalism Committee; Connecticut Bar Association
- Membership Committee; Connecticut Bar Association
- “Ethical Considerations When Using Appraisers in Transactions and Litigation” (American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law), National CLE Conference, May 2019
- “Hot Topics in Appraisals Utilized For Transactions and Litigation” (American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law), Spring Symposia, May 2018
“The Same-Actor Inference: A Look at Proud v. Stone and its Progeny” Employment & Labor Relations Law (American Bar Association, Section of Litigation), Spring 2008 (Vol. 6, No. 3)
- Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities v. Boston Vernon, LLC, et al., 59 Conn. L. Rptr. 17 (2014) (CV14 6007478-S ~ Superior Court, Judicial District of Tolland, (September 14, 2014, Sferrazza, J.))
- R&F Norwalk, LLC v City of Norwalk, 2013 WL 4873465 (CV09 4017126-S ~ Superior Court, Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk, (August 27, 2013, Aronson, J.))
- Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County, Inc. v. Borough of Litchfield, 853 F. Supp. 2d 214 (2012) (United States District Court, D. Conn., 3:09 cv 01419 (JCH))
- Branhaven Properties, LLC v. Town of Monroe, 2011 WL 5925089 (CV10-6006210-S ~ Superior Court, Judicial District of New Britain (November 7, 2011, Aronson, J.))
- Pinard v. Dandy Lions, LLC, 119 Conn.App. 368, 374, 987 A.2d 406, cert. denied, 295 Conn. 921, 991 A.2d 566 (2010)
- Allison v. Health Care Reliance, LLC (United States District Court, D. Conn., 3:06-cv-01826(SRU))
- The Altus Group v. Building Technology Engineers, Inc. 2007 WL 587117 (HHD-CV04-4000029-S ~ Superior Court, Judicial District of Hartford (February 6, 2007, Satter, J.))