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