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Amanda M. DeMatteis

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Amanda DeMatteis

Biography

Amanda DeMatteis represents individuals in litigation, particularly employment, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. She represents employees in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination (on the basis of pregnancy, sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion or national origin), sexual harassment, defamation, retaliation, and hostile work environment.  Amanda has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in both employment and personal injury matters.

In addition to her employment litigation practice, Amanda negotiates cases and advises clients on employment contracts, severance negotiations, non-competition clauses and non-solicitation clauses.

Amanda also represents injured employees in workers’ compensation matters across Connecticut. She successfully helps injured workers get necessary medical treatment, weekly monetary benefits and payment for their injuries.

Amanda and Steve Fitzgerald manage the firm’s personal injury practice, representing injured individuals in all aspects of litigation. From motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls, to dog bites and motorcycle accidents, Amanda frequently helps clients recover money damages for injuries caused by others.

Thanks to her hard work in and out of the courtroom, Amanda has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star every year since 2015. This distinction is given to only 2.5% of Connecticut attorneys under the age of 40.

Amanda proudly serves as the President of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization for attorneys who represent employees in all aspects of employment law in Connecticut. Amanda is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) as an Affiliate Leader and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) as the Co-Chair of the Employment Law Section. Amanda is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and serves as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).

A native of Hamden, Connecticut, Amanda earned her law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was the recipient of a Service to the Law School Award, was the Founder and President of the Labor and Employment Law Society, served as a Senator for the Student Bar Association, and was a member of the Mock Trial Society, also serving on its Executive Board.  Amanda received her B.S. from Sacred Heart University, where she majored in Political Science, was inducted into multiple honor societies and served as Class President.  She served during college as a congressional intern for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT).

Amanda DeMatteis lives in North Haven with her husband. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys staying active with family and friends in her spare time.

Representative Matters

  • Langlois v. City of New Haven Board of Education
    click here to read about the case
  • Rivera v. Rosa (2015)
    Madeline Rivera sustained severe emotional harm following a motor vehicle accident on I-84 in 2012. Although Ms. Rivera had only minor physical injuries, the jury awarded her over $230,000. The insurance company’s final offer to settle the case before trial was $5,000.
  • Shazel v. Hines Sudden Service (2014)
    Michelle Shazel was retaliated against and constructively discharged from her employment in a fast food restaurant after she complained that she was sexually harassed by her coworker. After trial, the jury awarded Ms. Shazel over $115,000, including $100,000 as compensation for her emotional distress.
  • Represented a senior executive in an age discrimination case. The case resolved at mediation for a six-figure result.
  • Represented a veteran employee who was swiftly terminated when management changed. The employee was over 60 years old and was replaced by a less experienced, younger employee. The dispute resolved prior to litigation for $60,000.
  • Represented a certified nurse’s assistant who was disciplined and terminated shortly after informing her employer of her pregnancy. The dispute resolved prior to litigation for $45,000.

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Sex Discrimination, Sexual Orientation and Gender identity, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA (June 2019)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Gateway to Practice (January 2018, January 2019, January 2020)
  • Three Views from the Bench: Questions & Answers with Hartford’s Federal Judges: Judges Alfred V. Covello, Michael P. Shea and Donna Martinez (April 2018)CHRO: How to Bring and Defend an Employment Case, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Apr. 2017)
  • Building a Moot Court Program & Case Assessment Services For Your Members, National Employment Lawyers Association 2017 Affiliate Leadership Workshop (June 2017)
  • “Lessons We’ve Learned from Cases We’ve Won AND Lost,” Connecticut Trial Lawyers Associations Annual Meeting (June 2015)

Client Experiences

Standing up for yourself in employment matters can be scary and daunting. After making no less than half a dozen calls I was fortunate enough to find Amanda DeMatteis. As soon as I met her and shared my situation she took the time to explain and shared options of how to navigate the situation to obtain the results I wanted. She was trustworthy, diligent and made me at ease through a very difficult time. She saw it through till the end- which was a journey far more intricate than I imagined. I feel fortunate that I put my faith in her as she delivered the outcome I was hoping for and took away the anxiety of the situation. She is a pleasure of a person, both personally and professionally. And while I hope I am never in need of her services again, I would, without hesitation, engage her again for representation. — M.F.

During one of the most challenging times of my life, Amanda was a source of strength and guidance. She led me through a difficult process in a way that made me feel respected and valued as a human being. I never felt as if I was just a client - I was always treated as a person who needed help. I left my initial meeting with Amanda feeling confident in her skills and the services she could provide. Throughout the entire process, that confidence only grew. I will always remember her as someone who helped in ways I didn't think possible at that time. And although that was a result of her skill, it was mostly a result of how she treated me. — J.M.B.

Top notch explains my experience with Amanda DeMatteis as my attorney. What stands out is that she was not only extremely professional but she was also conscientious, personable and a great communicator. From the first day I met her with my husband she made me feel comfortable no matter the question or circumstance. Amanda kept me well informed and on the same page. Never having gone through anything like this she always led me in the right direction, gave encouragement and I knew she had my back. The personal touch was an important aspect of the whole experience and allowed me to feel totally at ease in our discussions. It was a real pleasure to work with her. I am extremely grateful she was on my side. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend her. She is definitely an asset to the firm. — S.P.

When I reached out to the firm and spoke with Amanda, I was unsure whether I should obtain an attorney to help me with my employment situation or simply pursue negotiations on my own. When I discussed my situation with Amanda, there was no ‘hard sell’ or ‘scare tactic’ to entice me to move forward with her—just a knowledgeable, friendly professional who took the time to listen and explain the process and potential outcomes. The decision was easy, with Amanda taking the reins, emotion was left out and progress was swift. From the first telephone discussion to the acceptable outcome of my situation Amanda was professional, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and overall made what could have been a long daunting process, relatively smooth and painless for me! She took the time to listen and fully understand my goals, level set my expectations, and promptly proceeded to move things through the process—communicating with me each step of the way.
My advice to anyone faced with challenging employment situations, reach out to Amanda and let her take the emotion out of the situation and work toward the best possible outcome on your behalf. Just do it! — Pam H.

During the majority of 2017 I was involved in a dispute with my former employer regarding a non-compete/non-solicit disagreement. Thanks in great part to Amanda DeMatteis, we were able to come to a suitable settlement agreement. Her knowledge of the law, procedures and protocols greatly facilitated us moving forward throughout this process. Attorney DeMatteis helped translate much of the language and relay the scenarios to me on a level to better help us achieve our goals. Lastly, I’d like to state that she was very available and easy to communicate with. —S.L.

When you go through something that changes your life in any capacity, you want someone there that will make you feel at ease. For me, my advocate and my person for nearly 3 years was Amanda DeMatteis, and the entire Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald and Pirrotti team. It wasn’t just a law firm, I truly felt part of a family. To really feel like a human being and not just a number was definitely a factor in the success of my justice. Amanda is such an understanding, kind and real person who listened to my story, and not only genuinely believed in me, but fought long hours, and hard. She never hesitated to talk to me whether on the phone or email, and always explained everything in depth, even things that “weren’t important,” just to educate me on the process. Overall, I have Amanda, and the entire Garrison team, to thank for finally getting closure for me. — A.J.

Three months ago, I was hit with a curve ball. But then I listened to my son and met with (Amanda DeMatteis). While losing a career after 37 years is a game changer, you were able to make me feel better about the whole ordeal. You are an incredibly confident, competent, and gracious young woman -- so well-suited for your career. Thank you for all you have done and how you did it. — Gail M.

I found Amanda DeMatteis in the Yellow Pages and I’m so glad I did. She handled my case very professionally and in a timely manner. At the time, I was having serious health issues and lost my job. She not only acted as my attorney but she also would talk to me as a friend. She never made me feel as though my questions were unimportant and always put me at ease. I would recommend Amanda DeMatteis to anyone seeking a professional and compassionate attorney. — M.W., Hamden, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

Amanda DeMatteis not only helped me legally, she showed care and empathy as I relayed my story. Amanda was a godsend. She worked hard at getting the amount of money I asked for in my discrimination suit. She always kept me informed about the status of my suit. She gave me good advice. And the bottom line – she won the case! I would definitely recommend Amanda to anyone who needs a good attorney. — D.Y., Ellington, CT

Blog Posts

News

August 20th, 2020 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Partners Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2021

May 21st, 2020 Stretch Your Dollar: Knowing your rights if you’re not comfortable heading back to work amid the pandemic

January 15th, 2020 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. Names Attorney Amanda M. DeMatteis Partner

October 24th, 2019 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers

October 18th, 2018 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Attorneys Named 2018 Super Lawyers

April 17th, 2018 Attorneys Joshua Goodbaum and Amanda DeMatteis Co-Moderate Judges’ Q&A

April 13th, 2018 Attorneys Joseph Garrison, Nina Pirrotti, and Amanda DeMatteis named Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

December 13th, 2017 Garrison Collects Toys for News Station Toy Drive

November 10th, 2017 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Turns 40

November 1st, 2017 Garrison, Levin-Epstein Receives “Best Law Firm” Honors From U.S. News & World Report

October 27th, 2017 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Lawyers Recognized for Their Work

May 10th, 2017 Associate Amanda DeMatteis Elected as CELA President

April 4th, 2017 Goodbaum and DeMatteis Join Connecticut Bar Association Panel Discussion

February 6th, 2017 New Haven Teacher Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

February 6th, 2017 Disabled New Haven teacher sues school district

February 2nd, 2017 New Haven teacher who uses wheelchair sues district over lack of accommodations

May 16th, 2016 New Haven teacher says school is not accommodating her disabilities

October 1st, 2015 Every Garrison, Levin-Epstein Lawyer Recognized by Super Lawyers

Amanda DeMatteis

Amanda represents employees in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, retaliation, and hostile work environment.

Client Experiences

During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

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