DanaLynn T. Colao, Member
Over the past twenty years, DanaLynn Colao has developed a practice that focuses on employment and labor issues, contract matters, higher education, school law and professional liability. She counsels clients on a wide array of issues that arise in the workplace including new hires, medical leaves of absence, wage and hour claims, employment agreements, discrimination and harassment grievances, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, termination decisions as well as separation agreements. DanaLynn has extensive experience conducting comprehensive investigations of a variety of matters for public and private clients, including inappropriate conduct in the workplace, ethical violations, conflicts of interest, policy violations and bullying. She also routinely prepares and updates employee handbooks and policies, and provides training to clients on various topics, including appropriate conduct in the workplace, harassment, discrimination, family leave and effective communication and management of employees.
She represents her clients in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and before administrative tribunals, and has extensive experience providing counselling and litigation support in a variety of industries.
Adam B. Schwartz, Partner
Shearman & Sterling
Adam B. Schwartz is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice. A former federal prosecutor and experienced first-chair trial lawyer, Adam’s practice focuses on the representation of multinational corporations, global financial institutions and individuals in criminal and civil regulatory matters, internal investigations, and in litigation in state and federal courts. Adam has represented companies and individuals in investigations led by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the SEC, the CFTC, FINRA, state regulators, and Congress, and involving potential violations of the securities and antitrust laws, the FCPA, and the False Claims Act. In addition, Adam has extensive experience advising corporate entities on anti-corruption compliance matters.
Prior to entering private practice, Adam served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Adam tried more than 40 cases and argued numerous evidentiary motions and appeals. He also supervised the investigation, indictment, and trial of complex conspiracies, homicides, and matters involving public corruption and racketeering. While with the Department of Justice, he was awarded the Director’s Award and three special achievement awards. Adam was a law clerk for the Honorable Henry E. Hudson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and an editor of the Virginia Law Review while at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Prior to law school, Adam served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and was deployed overseas twice between 2000 and 2004. He maintains an active pro bono practice representing fellow veterans in matters related to their veterans benefits.