Danielle Van Katwyk

Danielle Van Katwyk

Senior Associate / Hartford

Danielle Van Katwyk concentrates her practice on the representation and counsel of management in issues involving labor and employment law and advises clients on implementing proactive strategies to reduce legal risk.

Danielle represents companies in employment disputes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She defends employers against claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliatory discharge, and restrictive covenant matters. Danielle practices in federal and state courts, and represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

She also provides guidance to clients on various business litigation matters, including the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, and global compliance issues regarding data privacy matters.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained preliminary injunction with temporary restraints and expedited discovery in New Jersey federal court, enjoining and restraining competitor and former employee from soliciting client’s customers and employees following the departure of eight employees to competitor.
  • Successfully compelled a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in PA federal court to be ordered to arbitration.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order in New York federal court, enjoining and restraining former employee from retaining, refusing to return, using or disclosing employer’s confidential and proprietary information, compelling former employee to return employer’s illegally obtained confidential information, and enjoining and restraining former employee from soliciting employer’s clients.
  • Successfully defended municipal employer from former employee’s termination grievance before the Board of Mediation & Arbitration at the Connecticut Department of Labor.
  • Obtained finding of no reasonable cause at Case Assessment Review before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities for client where individual alleged denial of equal services and discrimination based on ancestry and national origin.
Honors & Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in "Connecticut Rising Stars" publication in Employment & Labor, Super Lawyers magazine (2018-19)*
  • *Danielle was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list issued by Thomson Reuters. The selection methodology is found here.