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C. Scott Schwefel

860-606-1712     |     scott@shipmanlawct.com

cschwefelC. 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.  He serves as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of lawyer neutrals.

Mr. Schwefel represents clients 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.

Mr. Schwefel has 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 handles Superior Court tax appeals on behalf of major retailers and financial institutions including numerous Fortune 500 companies.

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 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 holds numerous leadership positions in state and national bar associations and currently serves on the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association and the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association as a bar delegate.

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).

Professional Affiliations:

    • Member, House of Delegates; Connecticut Bar Association
    • Member, Legislative Policy and Review Committee; Connecticut Bar Association
    • Chair, Membership Committee; Connecticut Bar Association
    • Member, House of Delegates; American Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee; American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    • Member, Membership Committee; American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    • Liaison to ABA Section Officers Conference; American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    • Chair, Land Use and Environmental Group; American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Speaking Engagements:


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)


Representative matters:

  • 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.))



Mark S. Shipman, In Memoriam

We are saddened to announce that our partner, Mark S. Shipman, Esq., passed away on March 4, 2023, at the age of 85. Mark was an outstanding advocate, valued colleague, and wise counselor to his many clients.… Read More