Amanda M. DeMatteis

Associate

Associate Amanda DeMatteis

Biography

Amanda DeMatteis represents individuals in all aspects of civil rights litigation. Her practice is primarily devoted to employees in both state and federal courts covering a wide variety of employment issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, retaliation, and hostile work environment. She successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in employment matters across Connecticut.

In addition to her employment litigation practice, Amanda negotiates numerous cases and works with clients in 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 permanent injuries.

Amanda and Partner 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 for damages caused by others.

Thanks to her hard work in and out of the courtroom, Amanda has been recognized by SuperLawyers as one of its Connecticut Rising Stars in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This distinction is given to only 2.5% of Connecticut attorneys under the age of 40.

Outside of the courtroom, Amanda proudly serves as the President of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization devoted to attorneys who represent employees. She is an invited member of the American Inns of Court, through the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court in Hartford, Connecticut. Amanda is also an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA).

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 and was inducted into multiple honor societies. She served during college as a congressional intern for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT).

Representative Matters

  • 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

  • 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 Association Annual Meeting (June 2015)

Client Experiences

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

Associate 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.

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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. As the situation escalated, I always felt Mr. Garrison was patient and tried to support me fully. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. He was sympathetic to my situation and recognized that it had spun out of my control; he gave careful advice that recognized my history of good work. 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 highestrecommendation. — 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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