Nina Pirrotti represents individuals in employment and civil rights litigation and negotiation. A member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL); a Co-Chair of the Employee Privacy subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF); and a past president of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), she is well versed in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination (on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious creed, marital status, pregnancy, or national origin), sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, contract disputes (including those involving restrictive covenant agreements), FMLA and related leave of absence issues, unpaid wages, severance agreements, and whistleblower claims.
Nina also advocates on behalf of students and faculty. She has guided numerous students through their universities’ internal disciplinary procedures and has advised faculty members who have been targets of internal investigations. Nina has also litigated on behalf of students seeking to discharge their rights under Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination and sexual harassment in educational institutions that receive federal funding.
Nina Pirrotti has received many honors for her advocacy on behalf of employees. She was named by Best Lawyers of America as its 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law- Individuals in New Haven, Connecticut and received that same honor in 2020. As one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession, Best Lawyers of America selects the top one percent of lawyers in the United States each year to be recognized in its rankings. While Nina has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America in previous years, her selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023 and 2020 is due to the extremely high feedback Best Lawyers received from her peers and is a singular honor.
Nina has also been honored by Super Lawyers every year since 2013. Most recently, in 2022, she was featured on the cover of Super Lawyers Magazine and received one of Super Lawyers’ highest honors, a 2022 Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer, placing her among the Top 50 lawyers of the state. She was also named as a Top 25 Connecticut Women Super Lawyer. This is not the first time she has made these two top lists. Nina was also selected as a 2014 Top 50 and has repeatedly been selected as a Top 25 Connecticut Woman Super Lawyer, and as a Top 50 New England Woman Super Lawyers. In 2010, Nina was named by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its Women in the Law – High Achievers.
Even before Nina decided to represent employees, students, and faculty, she had already devoted almost 15 years to civil rights and public service. At the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, she was appointed to the Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuting homicides, bank robberies, kidnappings, and pattern crimes. And as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Law Department for the City of New York, she received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement.
Nina is an experienced trial advocate, having served as lead counsel in approximately 25 jury trials and 50 bench trials. She taught Trial Advocacy at the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York City Law Department, and trial practice at Quinnipiac Law School as an adjunct professor.
Nina served as president of the CELA for approximately a decade and as a Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Affiliate Relations Committee, as well as its Second Circuit representative for several years. She has also served as a Track Coordinator for the American Bar Association’s 6th and 7th Annual Section Conferences and as a liaison for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. She routinely lectures nationally on employment related topics.
In 2015, Nina was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to serve as a member of the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee, which advises the Court concerning the rules for civil litigation.
In 2021, Nina was elected to the Connecticut Bar Foundation 2021 James W. Cooper Fellows Program. Fellows are nominated by their peers based on their outstanding service to the profession and larger community and are elected by the CBF Board of Directors. The James W. Cooper Fellows Program explores ways to improve the profession and the administration of justice.
Nina Pirrotti received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Theater. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Feminism and participated in the Barrister’s Union, a competitive mock trial organization. Nina began her legal career as an associate at commercial litigation firms and devoted significant time to pro bono matters, including employment discrimination and First Amendment/whistleblower cases.
- Obtained $1.75 million settlement against a major university following litigation of Title IX and Title VII claims on behalf of an employee who had been sexually harassed and assaulted in the workplace.
- Represented high-level executive in age discrimination case against Fortune 100 company. Successfully briefed appeal to Second Circuit, which reversed District Court decision granting summary judgment. Case subsequently settled for $3.5 million.
- Co-counseled with renowned civil rights attorneys Gloria Allred and Nathan Goldberg in representing five students and alumnae who alleged that their university’s indifferent response to reports of sexual assault and harassment violated Title IX. The case settled for $1.285 million. The university made significant positive changes in its procedures for responding to reports of sexual violence.
- Obtained mid-six figure settlement following litigation of Equal Pay Act and gender discrimination claims on behalf of a female physician leader who was paid significantly less than her male counterpart.
- $850,000 settlement on behalf of employee who endured disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation.
- Achieved $1 million settlement on behalf of an employee who had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a co-worker. The settlement included this major employer’s commitment to revamping its sexual harassment training, investigation and response to those who report it.
- Represented five plaintiffs (three members of management and two staff members) in sexual harassment and retaliation claims against a major Connecticut employer, resulting in a settlement in excess of $1 million.
- Defended hedge fund manager in complex arbitration brought by his former employer (also a hedge fund), alleging violation of the parties’ restrictive covenant. Despite employer’s demand for millions of dollars in damages, the arbitration panel awarded only nominal damages of $2.
- Achieved an $850,000 settlement on behalf of an employee who was denied a reasonable accommodation on the basis of his disability.
- Represented four sales representatives in race discrimination and hostile work environment case against local Connecticut business. Case settled for $245,000.
- Represented two school principals in sexual harassment action against superintendent of schools. Case settled on favorable terms, including monetary settlement and imposition of new procedure for internal complaints against superintendent.
- Represented orchestra conductor in disability discrimination case. Case settled on favorable terms, including a significant monetary settlement, private apology, and gala retirement reception in conductor’s honor.
- Represented insurance agent for national insurance company under Connecticut free speech statute after agent’s contract was not renewed following his complaints about fraudulent insurance practices. Case settled for $350,000.
- Represented former employee against start-up technology company for failure to pay wages. After plaintiff quit her job prior to the expiration of her employment contract and filed a wage claim with the Department of Labor, the employer counterclaimed for breach of contract. Obtained dismissal of breach of contract action and brought successful arbitration against employer for, among other claims, retaliation and violation of wage and hour laws.
Representative Speaking Engagements
- Framing Your Case to Defeat Summary Judgement, National Employment Lawyers Association Fall Conference, Atlanta GA (October 6, 2023)
- Yes, You Can! How to Be an Ally for Women Physician Colleagues, American College of Physicians - CT Chapter via Zoom (September 5, 2023)
- Introduction to Law, Social Justice and Trial Practice, Guest Lecturer, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (August 10, 2023)
- The Impact of Worker Tracking / Monitoring on Employee Privacy and Productivity, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Palm Springs, California (March 16, 2023)
- U.S. Women’s Soccer: Advancing Equity and Equality Through the Collective Bargaining Process, American Bar Association, Washington DC (November 12, 2022)
- Prevent Liability Before the Lawsuit: Perspectives from Plaintiff’s Counsel, CBIA, Farmington, CT (November 3, 2022)
- A Rapidly Evolving Workplace: New Claims and New Themes, Practising Law Institute (PLI), New York, NY (and virtually) (October 25, 2022)
- “He for She:” How to be an Ally for Women Physician Colleagues, American College of Physicians, CT Chapter (October 21, 2022)
- Introduction to Law, Social Justice and Trial Practice, Guest Lecturer, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (August 11, 2022)
- Workers Rising: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (July 2022)
- Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2021: A Profoundly Changed Workplace: New Claims and New Themes, Practising Law Institute (PLI), New York City and Live Webcast (October 26, 2021)
- Yes, You Can! How to Be an Ally for Women Physician Colleagues, American College of Physicians - CT Chapter via Zoom (October 16, 2021)
- Gender Inequities in Careers in Medicine, American College of Physicians - CT Chapter via Zoom (October 15, 2021)
- Ten Commandments of Persuasive Cross-Examination, Co-Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association (May 19, 2021)
- How COVID-19 Struck A Blow to Women's Careers and the Strategies to Recover, New York City Bar Association (April 27, 2021)
- How to Cross Without Being Cross, Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Class at American University, Washington, DC (March 31, 2021)
- Gender Pay Equality - Women in Medicine, American College of Physicians - CT Chapter via Zoom (October 18, 2020)
- Discrimination and Retaliation in the Medical Profession, American College of Physicians - CT Chapter via Zoom (October 17, 2020)
- Promoting & Ensuring Diversity in the Workplace, North Carolina Advocates for Justice via Zoom (October 2, 2020)
- Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2020: Resolving Emotionally Complicated Employment Disputes Through Mediation, PLI conference, New York, NY (September 22, 2020)
- The Nuts & Bolts Of Litigating Sexual Harassment & Assault Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association Virtual Convention (July 10, 2020)
- How To Maximize The Opportunities The #MeToo Movement Presents For Us, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (June 28, 2019)
- Lessons Learned from Title IX - Growing Trends in Title VII and Title IX Investigations in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, ERR Committee Las Vegas, Nevada (March 21, 2019 )
- #MeToo Panel Discussion, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Raleigh, NC (February 1, 2019)
- Harnessing The #MeToo Momentum- Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases, NELA Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (October 2018)
- Pay Equity Issues Under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII, New York Affiliate of National Employment Lawyers Association, New York, NY (May 23, 2018)
- Human Trafficking: Issues Relevant to Business, Employment & Humanitarian Lawyers Wilmington, NC (May 18, 2018)
- What to do when the Media Calls, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, National Webinar (May 9, 2018)
- Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: The Unsung Hero of the Plaintiff’s Employment Case, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Labor and Employment Section, Raleigh, NC (February 2018)
- The Employee Who Stays: A Tangled Web, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (June 2017)
- Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: How and When to Use Them, NELA New York Spring Conference, New York, NY (May 2017)
- Examining Sanctionable Conduct: Rule 11 from a Plaintiff Employment Lawyer’s Perspective, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2017 Midwinter Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (March 2017)
- The New Standards on Sharing Wage and Other Confidential Information in the Workplace: The Growing Trend Toward Eliminating Contributors to the Gender Pay Gap, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2016)
- What I Wish I knew When I was Starting out as a Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer: Top Ten Tips, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (June 2016)
- Unraveling the Complexities of Workplace Investigations, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2016 Midwinter Conference, New Orleans, LA (March 2016)
- Handling Suspected Workplace Theft, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Southern Connecticut Chapter, Workplace Law Symposium, Stamford, CT (September 2015)
- Sexual Harassment & Assault Under Title IX, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (June 2015)
- Unclean Hands: Issues Surrounding Employee Theft, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2015 Midwinter Conference, Naples, FL (March 2015)
- Tips from the Pros: Effective Negotiating Strategies for Success, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) 2015 Annual Conference, Washington, DC (February 2015)
- Top Employment Policies (with emphasis on workplace investigations, use of social media, LBGT discrimination, bullying in the workplace and post-employment retaliation), American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 2014)
- Successful Negotiations: The Unsung Value of the Human Connection, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA (June 2014)
- Internal Investigations in a Digital “Workplace,“American Bar Association National Symposium on Technology and Labor & Employment Law, New York, NY (May 2014)
- Damages Strategies: Recent Developments, Legal Theories, and the Role of Expert Witnesses, American Bar Association Webinar (December 2013)
- Bullies in the Workplace, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 2013)
- Tips for Conducting a Successful Direct Examination of the Plaintiff, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Orange, CT (October 2013)
- What Really Happened – Investigating Workplace Discrimination, American Arbitration Association (webinar) (October 2013)
- Using the Employer’s Flawed Investigation to Support the Plaintiff’s Case, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO (June 2013)
- Damage Strategies Beyond Back and Front Pay: Wage Recoveries and the Role of Expert Witnesses, American Bar Association Labor & Employment EEO Conference, Savannah, GA (April 2013)
- Executive Behavior Run Amok: Strategic Considerations for Workplace Investigations, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (October 2012)
- Retaliation in the Post-Employment Context – The Former Employer’s Parting Shot, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (June 2012)
- Retaliation in the Post Employment Context: Not a Time to Let Your Guard Down, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (November 2011)
- Transforming Weaknesses into Strength at Trial, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC (June 2010)
- Pregnancy and Family Responsibility Discrimination – Romantic Paternalism is Alive and Well, Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund, New Haven, CT (June 2010)
- Investigating and Bringing a Claim – The Employee’s Lawyer’s Perspective, Worker’s Compensation Trust, Wallingford, CT (April 2010)
- Survey of Employee Friendly State Laws, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA (June 2009)
- Defending Depositions, National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, Denver, CO (March 2009)
- Trial Themes, National Employment Lawyers Association Regional Conference, Boston, MA (May 2008)
- Punitive Damages in the Wake of Philip Morris USA v. Williams, Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford, CT (June 2007)
- Employee Monitoring: An Effective Tool to Ensure Productivity or a Dehumanizing Step in the Wrong Direction?, Practising Law Institute (PLI) Chronicle (October 17, 2022)
- Employment Claims Born of the Pandemic, Practising Law Institute (PLI) Chronicle (October 2021)
- Coronavirus Letters: The employee who returns to work, The Hartford Courant (June 14, 2020)
- Employee Beware! Using Virus as a Cover for Unlawful Firings, The New York Times (May 25, 2020)
- In the Case of the Lost Job, the Lawyer Must Play Detective: A lawyer explores all the facts surrounding a COVID-19-related job termination to figure out where the truth lies, Connecticut Law Tribune (May 14, 2020)
- #MeToo Should Really Be #AllofUs, Connecticut Law Tribune (March 15, 2019)
- Fellow Yale Student, Kavanaugh Contemporary: The Nominee Should Not Be Presumed Innocent, Connecticut Law Tribune (Oct. 3, 2018)
- Getting to the Root of the Problem: A Trend Toward a More Practical Approach to Addressing Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace, in Complying with Employment Regulations: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Legislation and Adapting to the Changing State of Employment Law (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2016-17 )
- Handling Suspected Employee Theft, Connecticut Law Tribune (Apr. 27, 2015)
- Workplace Bullying: A Problem for Everyone, Connecticut Law Tribune (Dec. 22, 2014)
- Retaliation After Employment Ends: The Former Employer’s “Parting Shot”, Connecticut Law Tribune (Jan. 28, 2013)
- Strategic Considerations for Workplace Investigations, Connecticut Law Tribune (Oct. 22, 2012)
- Pregnancy Discrimination: Why It May Be the Most Difficult Form of Discrimination to Eradicate from the Workplace, Blog, Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (Oct. 26, 2010)
- Shopping at Wal-Mart: The Savings Are Not Worth the Price, Blog, Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (Nov. 19, 2009)
Working with Nina Pirrotti at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti was fantastic. She is an excellent communicator, knows employment law incredibly well, and is a formidable negotiator. She walked me through the process, forecasted what to expect, and stayed in regular contact with me throughout the process. I highly recommend working with her and the entire team at the firm, each one a consummate professional. — J.S.L.
Nina Pirrotti is a badass. There are many ways I could describe this exceptional woman who guided, supported, and protected me through the most difficult experience of my life, but this simple statement encapsulates Nina best. I worked with Nina as a college student, and in addition to providing exceptional legal advice, she was sure to make me feel competent and comfortable in every new situation along the way. Nina showed me what it means to be a strong, unapologetically intelligent woman. I pity any who oppose Nina, because she fights with professional ferocity, goes above and beyond in all aspects, and never quits. Besides representing me, she taught me what it means to use your voice and advocate for yourself. Nina is a spit-fire, a well of knowledge, a joy to welcome into your life, a fearless fighter, and a woman I will forever admire and appreciate. She is all the things that anyone would hope to find in a lawyer rolled into one; simply put, a complete and total badass. — Anonymous
Nina Pirrotti is exceptional. She knows the law inside and out, and not only managed to be a fierce negotiator on my behalf but was also endlessly compassionate. She is frank, trustworthy, fair, and honest. She helped me with an employment matter that was the most upsetting of my career. She partnered with me every step of the way, from helping me see the bigger picture, to understanding my rights, to reassuring me. She always listened to my thoughts and concerns and protected me throughout. Not only is she an incredible lawyer but she is an incredible person. She even managed to infuse humor throughout the process, which made it as pleasant as a legal situation could ever be. I always felt like her only client - she was responsive and would get back to me very quickly throughout. Nina successfully settled the matter on my behalf in the best way possible. I have no doubt that she is the only lawyer who could have done this. She is a force of nature, who commands endless respect even from her opponents. I feel very fortunate to have found her and would recommend her fully and without hesitation. She is simply the best. After my matter was settled and we stopped working together, I missed talking to her. I don’t know many people, if any, who could say that about their lawyer. — L.S.
Attorney Nina Pirrotti is a true professional that actually cares about her clients. She provides outstanding representation and I highly recommend and trust her. Why? Because Nina Pirrotti get's things done. — M.V.
I engaged Nina T. Pirrotti to assist me with negotiating a difficult exit from a C-suite position. She began with a frank and straightforward assessment of my situation as she saw it. Throughout the entire process she was available and responsive. We discussed my needs, expectations, and bottom line at every stage of the negotiation. Nina explained her strategy and reasoning for each of many responses, factoring into the strategy what I knew of the people involved. I found her to be reasonable, empathetic, and respectful in every interaction. The trust I placed in her was fully justified; she obtained a complex settlement which exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Nina without reservation. — P.N.
Nina Pirrotti has earned her reputation as one of the top employment lawyers in the country. She is knowledgable, wise, fierce, compassionate, professional, and an expert negotiator. Thanks to her, I felt protected and strong throughout our entire journey toward victory. She is truly exceptional. — R.C.
Nina Pirrotti is simply the BEST!!! From the moment we first spoke, I knew that Nina was the right attorney to handle my case. She just gets it. I don't know a better way to describe the experience. She has a way of getting you through the difficulties of the situation at hand and not once did I ever feel that I was alone in the process. She is 100% the real deal! — S.C.
Nina Pirrotti – Nina represented me on an issue I had with my employer. From the first day I walked into her office I was greeted by her amazing staff who made me feel very at ease. Her paralegal Debbie was just the most efficient, warm, kind and understanding woman. Then I met Nina and she was amazing. I was so nervous, and she made me feel so comfortable. She explained every detail to me on how she would proceed with my case and took the time to answer all my questions. I knew from day one that she would fight for me and win. She didn’t let me down. I have recommended her to friends and I will continue to recommend her. I have never met an attorney who truly cares about you as a human being. She is hard working, kind, thorough, knowledgeable, always keeps you informed on what is going on and how she will proceed, a barracuda when she needs to be and truly an amazing advocate for her clients. — R.D.R.
I researched multiple attorneys prior to selecting Nina Pirrotti. I chose Attorney Nina Pirrotti as I believed, based on my research, she would be my best chance at obtaining an optimal result. She did not disappoint. I was impressed with her superior strategic skills, energy and responsiveness. She was fearless in her approach, fought hard and delivered. I appreciated the compassion and education she and her team provided throughout the process. I recommend Attorney Nina Pirrotti, without hesitation, as the person you want on your team. — T.S., Stonington, CT
I recently reached out to several friends asking if they knew of a great employment law attorney to represent me in a severance negotiation with my employer. More than one friend mentioned Nina Pirrotti’s name. Needless to say, she did not disappoint! From the very first contact, including with her assistant Angela Mauriello, I was treated responsively and professionally. With Nina, I felt like I had a true ally in my corner who not only had the knowledge and expertise that I needed, but took the time to painstakingly explain the process, the legal terminology and ramifications, and went out of her way to keep me well-informed of every step along the way, as well. I have full confidence in her abilities as an attorney and will not hesitate to recommend her to others in the future! — E.D., Branford, CT
Nina Pirrotti, I can't tell you how lucky I was to have found you and to have you as my attorney. During one of the darkest and most stressful periods of my life you were a rock and stood by me all the way. Your guidance through those turbulent times was beyond what I expected. Your knowledge and expertise was truly top notch professional and I consider you and your firm exceptional attorneys. Needless to say the life my family and I are now living is because of your abilities and the handling of my case. — N.I.
Working with Nina Pirrotti was a pleasure. She handled an extremely tough and non-responsive firm with skill and determination. While the firm put up successive barriers Attorney Pirrotti was able to professionally work around them and achieve my settlement. I appreciate the good communication and updates and her detailed explanations every step of the way. Sometime you can just sense a "good" person from conversation and Nina Pirrotti fit that bill. I thank her for all of her efforts on my behalf. — M.J.C.
Where do l start??? Nina is incredible. After a very difficult and painful journey regarding a civil matter, Nina demonstrated extreme professionalism and expertise. Her commitment and tenacity was unmatched by anyone. She was accessible, diligent, organize and very supportive every step of the way. Her willingness to “fight the fight” made me feel like I mattered at a very traumatic time. Nina has made a tremendous impact both personally and societally. To say that Nina is ‘just an attorney’ doesn’t reflect what she really is...a great fighter and friend. — Anonymous
Choosing Nina Pirrotti for my case was the best decision I could have made. Having her by my side was a lifesaver right from the start. Working in an environment where sexual harassment and hostile behavior were normalized, Nina explained my rights to me, validated my complaints, and gave me the courage to move forward with my case. I will never forget the day before we were to meet with the defendants to mediate. I was so nervous, but Nina was more than ready to take on the challenge. She said with complete confidence, “I live for this!” Nina can stand up to anyone! She is not only honest, kind and super smart — she is relentless, tenacious, fierce and dedicated right through to the end. Now empowered with my dignity restored, I can finally move forward and live a fulfilling life. I would highly recommend her and her firm. — E.P., Ridgefield, CT
Attorney Nina Pirrotti elevates the terms advocate and counselor to a new level. Throughout the process of settling my workplace complaint, she was very patient with me, quick to understand & untangle all the details, clarifying what is just plain rotten and what is patently illegal, explaining the legal process every step of the way, a superb communicator, always uplifting and reassuring. She was a ferocious and skillful advocate, moving my case along quickly to a highly satisfying resolution. She helped me move from feeling like an exploited workplace victim to feeling well and secure with an outcome that truly has restored my sanity and dignity. As it applies to Nina, the word "compassionate" should be a verb. Thanks, Nina for making the world a better place. — M.C.
I can’t recommend Nina Pirrotti highly enough! She acted as a fierce and committed advocate for me at an extremely difficult time in my career. She kept in constant contact throughout, nights and even weekends, and I will never be able to thank her enough for her encouragement, advice, brilliant work and negotiating skills, and for acting not only as my professional advisor but, also, my friend throughout an extremely stressful situation. As I told her directly after she obtained a positive resolution, contacting Nina was the smartest decision I made. She is a most trustworthy, honest, and capable attorney and I unequivocally recommend her to any CT employee requiring sound advice and a professional advocate if/when they are faced with a seemingly impossible to navigate workplace situation. — K.L.
Nina Pirrotti is an outstanding lawyer in every way possible. She is extremely professional, encouraging and saw the big picture, even when other attorneys I spoke with at other firms weren't able to connect the dots the way she did. She led me through the process very strategically and thoroughly, and without her expertise and reputation we would not have been as successful. She went above and beyond and made this awful experience as good as possible, to the point where I miss working with her! She is a rare gem and I feel so lucky to have found her. Five stars all the way!! — D.C.
I unreservedly recommend Nina Pirrotti, Esq. and the Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Law Firm. Attorney Pirrotti saved my career, and my belief in legal justice advocacy work focused on Title VI, VII, and IX rights. I was recommended to Attorney Pirrotti because of her remarkable reputation in successfully litigating employment equity and Title IX rights, and because of her extraordinary client approach that makes you feel and know her deep level of commitment to your case and to you as a thriving successful human in and out of the workplace environment. Having to work in an hostile and discriminatory environment is incredibly difficult and disempowering. Attorney Pirrotti not only believed in my case, she believed in me and the importance of the work that I do—she offered me a structural and interpersonal framework of support that empowered me throughout every step of my process to legal justice. Her legal brilliance, her connections to an expansive community of justice professionals, her compassion, her commitments to an anti-oppressive workplace, her extensive experience, and her fierceness for justice make her a truly exceptional lawyer and person. I am most grateful for Attorney Pirrotti. Because of her, I have been able to survive and thrive in my career. — H.T.
A good friend highly recommended Nina Pirrotti when it came time to reassess a broken career move, and I soon learned why. Nina's deep experience navigating workforce legal issues combined with an innate ability to listen carefully, prior to providing precisely the right options and advice, were extremely beneficial to the outcome of my case. Nina is a true professional with a warm personality that exudes positive outcomes. I can recommend her without reservation. — K.K.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, especially Nina Pirrotti, Esquire. Nina Pirrotti represented and managed my case from start to end. She worked diligently, professionally, honestly and relentlessly to advocate and represent me through a very difficult time. Every time I thought the case would be dismissed, Nina Pirrotti persevered and proved she believed in me and my case. Her professionalism and genuine belief in representing me was evident in every phone call, email, and meeting. There is no one else I would ever hire to represent me other than Nina Pirrotti. Thank you Nina Pirrotti from the bottom of my heart for your integrity, honesty and loyalty in representing me. — F.P.
I am forever grateful that an attorney friend referred me to Nina Pirrotti, Esq. at a time when I needed support and guidance. Nina was very upfront with me about my case and managed my expectations so that we could move forward with realistic goals. She was very successful in efficiently achieving for me a successful and satisfying outcome. My only regret is that I didn't approach her at an earlier time! She is a caring and compassionate person with plenty of experience which allowed me to trust her judgment and guidance. Thanks, Nina! — M.D., Stamford, CT
I felt an immediate warm connection with Nina from the first moment we spoke. Nina exemplifies sincere caring. Although my matter was a small concern, Nina treated my case and me as if I was her one and only client. She was always responsive to my questions, and represented my position with compassion. The results were very positive and timely. Nina has my unwavering recommendation. She is AMAZING! — M.L., Greater New Haven Region, CT
Recently, I was unceremoniously let go from my job that I had held for 35 years without any advanced notice and was told my last day of employment was two days later. I was devastated. I was handed a general release agreement to sign, which would have provided me with a little severance, but I was the main provider for my family and knowing I had no other means to support my family I didn't know what to do. I was then referred to Nina Pirrotti, who listened to my story, and told me I had a case worth fighting for, and immediately agreed to help me. Her kind words and encouragement were just what I needed and through her efforts I came away with a larger severance package, which I would not have been able to negotiate on my own. Her support of me and her tenacity to fight for me was extremely appreciated. — A Former Client
Professionalism, dedication, commitment, compassion, empathy, and wealth of knowledge are just a few adjectives to describe Attorney Nina Pirrotti. I had the great fortune of being represented by this incredible attorney and wonderful person. Attorney Pirrotti always kept communication pathways open and truly understood what I needed. I was always confident that Attorney Pirrotti was representing me with my goals in mind. With transparency and enormous experience, Attorney Pirrotti was able to guide me through the most troubling times I have ever experienced in my career. I am forever thankful that Attorney Pirrotti helped me during these trying times. There is no doubt in my mind that Attorney Pirrotti is the best attorney to help you with any employment issues. — W.H.
After almost two decades of providing exemplary service to a “best place to work” firm, my career was suddenly over. On the recommendation of a friend and former colleague, I contacted Attorney Nina Pirrotti about my predicament. Nina listened to me describe my work history and current stressful situation and quickly developed a plan of action. Nina set the proper expectations and went on her way to represent me. Throughout her representation of me, Nina was always in communication with me and provided excellent advice in evaluating my alternatives. Her work got me the satisfaction I wanted to receive from my former employer. Nina helped me get through a difficult time in my work life. I recommend her highly! — J.M., Orange, CT
This testimonial for Attorney Nina Pirrotti is something I felt compelled to write. I first contacted Attorney Pirrotti due to a very uncomfortable sexual harassment issue. She not only gave me legal advice but her genuine concern and compassion made me feel empowered. I have never encountered an attorney who went so far above and beyond what she was required to do just to be sure I was comfortable and protected. — Anonymous, North Haven, CT
I was referred to Attorney Pirrotti by another lawyer -from another state- to handle a hateful situation I was facing with my former employer. I was in a very bad moment in my professional life, yet I was about to give birth to my first son. My heart was broken and I was living in constant anxiety. Well, Nina’s professionalism and humanity went above and beyond helping me: she was my pillar, gave me confidence and made me feel safe. My case was resolved quickly and I was a winner. It was my first experience with any attorney, and I felt like she was part of my family. A great personality, a wonderful lawyer, an extraordinary human being. — E.M., Hamden, CT
I was put in an unfortunate situation by an employer. After speaking with a couple different lawyers, Nina Pirrotti clearly emerged as the person I wanted to handle my case. Her knowledge of the law, compassion for my situation, and commitment to fight for my rights gave me complete confidence I had made the right choice. The successful outcome of my case proved this even further. Needless to say, I enjoyed working with Nina and highly recommend her! — D.W., Milford, CT
Attorney Nina Pirrotti is none like no other. From the moment I met her I knew I was in the right hands. I was briefed on every aspect of my case. Her expertise and professionalism helped empower me to overcome my fears. Attorney Pirrotti's compassion and love for her work is shown in how she diligently fights for you. She forms a bond of trust. She responds to your concerns very quickly and she makes sure every aspect of your case is covered. In sum, Nina Pirrotti makes sure you get all your entitled, and the respect you deserve as a working citizen. — L.C., Middletown, CT
I was referred to Nina during a very difficult period in my life and if there was ever a silver lining to anything - she was it! As soon as I turned the situation over to her it was a huge weight off my shoulders. She is friendly, reassuring, responsive and very, very good at what she does. I had the utmost confidence that she would do whatever it took to get the situation resolved as best it possibly could have been for me. I know that the final outcome of the situation would not have been as good had Nina not been on the case! I cannot recommend her highly enough. — A.H., Greenwich, CT
I was referred to Attorney Pirrotti by another attorney, who stated that if I have a case, Nina would be the attorney to hire. When I first met with Attorney Pirrotti, I wasn't even sure if I had a lawsuit against my former employer. She assured me that I did. Nina gave me the courage and confidence to pursue this case. Her level of professionalism and compassion for my cause knew no bounds. She advocated for me and I won! She and her staff constantly kept me informed throughout the proceedings. Her honesty and integrity compare to no other. I am grateful to Attorney Pirrotti for closing one chapter of my life in a positive manner and allowing me to open the next one. Thank you, Nina!! — M.A.
I am very grateful for your help Nina. Over many years I’d been building a safety net at my place of employment but when the time came to leave, the company did their best to remove it. It was you that made sure that security stayed in place. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Instead of falling with a crash, you’ve enabled me to enter a new stage of my life with confidence. — N.B., Newtown, CT
There are lawyers who are good and there are lawyers who are exceptional. This is who Nina is: outstanding, a lawyer with a big heart who truly cares about her clients and their best interest. She is a rare breed, lawyers that are on the role of extinction, those who truly care about their clients. As a lawyer and an expert in her field she is outstanding and extraordinary. In my opinion, she is one of the best lawyers in the country. Before I hired her, I did my research and she turned out to be exactly what she was recommended as, simply superb! Thank you, Nina for all your help, tremendous knowledge and expertise and for caring. — R.L., Branford, CT
Nina is an inspiration to and a great advocate for women. It is good to know that there is someone who is willing to stand up and fight and who is not afraid of big corporations. — T.D., Rocky Hill, CT
Nina Pirrotti represented me during one of the most difficult times in my career. My health and my life were deteriorating to such an extent that I was unable to think clearly. Nina’s tireless efforts to advocate for me and represent my best interests secured for me an outcome one can only dream of. Nina’s professionalism and dedication never wavered as she was a pillar of strength that guided me and my family to a successful outcome. I am truly indebted to Nina and cannot thank her and her team enough. — D.F., Rocky Hill, CT
Nina 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
Nina Pirrotti represented me in a case against my former employer. Not only was the outcome favorable, I was extremely pleased with the process itself. Attorney Pirrotti was compassionate, understanding, pro-active, organized, scrupulous, and extremely aggressive on my behalf. I was, in every way, glad she was on my side of the table. Of course I hope I’ll never again be involved in a lawsuit against an employer, but if I do, I have no question as to whom I will turn: Nina Pirrotti. — J.C., Bethel, CT
Attorney Pirrotti represented us during an emotional and difficult time in our professional lives. She was an active listener, always making us feel supported and validated. Nina was extremely knowledgeable of the law and strategic in her approach in dealing with any new situation that arose in our case. She represented us with the utmost integrity and sensitivity. She was always available and responsive with communication. Having Nina on our side allowed us to stay focused on our work, families and move forward with our lives. — C.K. & M.D., Milford & South Windsor, CT
Nina Pirrotti was referred to me by a colleague. From the moment I met her, I found Nina to be comforting, professional and willing to tirelessly search and advocate for my labor rights to keep my job. She was in constant touch by phone and email during a very unpleasant period of my life. I appreciate all she has done for me and would not hesitate to recommend her expertise. — S.A., Milford, CT
I felt that Attorney Pirrotti’s expertise in the field brought me to a resolution that I didn’t think was possible. I was very comfortable with how she handled a very delicate situation and how her advice led me to feel confident in my decision to pursue my case. I would highly recommend her counsel to anyone looking for the best! — M.H., Wallingford, CT
I spoke to several attorneys before deciding to have Nina Pirrotti represent me in my case against my former employer. What a wonderful decision. Nina and her staff represented my interests professionally, providing outstanding advocacy and personal attention. Thank you for helping me achieve justice and helping me move on with my life. — M.K., New Fairfield, CT
Faced with a difficult employment situation I sought the advice and counsel of Nina Pirrotti. What was an extremely difficult and life changing decision became infinitely easier after meeting with her. She offered sound advice that was to the point. She reviewed the situation and presented me with my options, which I reviewed and ultimately came to a decision that worked best for me. I would recommend Nina and Garrison Law to anyone and everyone that needs an advocate in their corner. Thank you ever so much! — A.M., Stratford, CT
Choosing a lawyer to represent you in times of difficulty is an important decision that sometimes requires help from those you trust. Nina Pirrotti came highly recommended to me, and after working with her on a case that was not clear cut, I recommend her highly. She is kind, thoughtful, and very respectful in her approach with her clients. Her legal knowledge and excellent communication skills add to the value she brings to one’s case. She has a high level of integrity and is never afraid to offer or ask for assistance to ensure her clients get the benefit of all the best thinking and knowledge available. — D.L., Wallingford, CT
Nina always got back to me immediately, explained things in “real” terms, not lawyer jargon. She is a ball of fire and I would expect a real asset to her firm. I would not hesitate to recommend Nina and will definitely be in contact in the future if need be. — M.W., Madison, CT
Nina was a pivotal part of deconvoluting a difficult situation in my professional life. She was supportive and available at all times via phone, e-mail or in person— even while stuck in an airport during vacation. Nina was able to reduce my stress levels and assure me that everything would turn out for the best. Of course she was right, making sound decisions when I was too wrapped up in the intricacies of the problem to see the larger picture. I can’t thank Nina enough and would recommend her to anyone, without hesitation, that needs assistance in these types of situations. She is the ultimate advocate for the individual. — S.B., Cheshire, CT
As a corporate executive, I sought legal counsel for a professional dilemma with my employer, one of the largest corporations around the globe. Despite my concerns of an extremely tight time frame to impart a deluge of complex details of my case to Attorney Nina Pirrotti, she exhibited an amazing balance of patience and vigilance while receiving my input and siphoning through the facts of my situation. Atty Pirrotti is the consummate professional warrior. She has an enormous capacity for taking in significant volumes of ‘situational data’ and combines it with excellent distillation; skillfully discerning the relevant key factors from background supportive information. Atty Pirrotti managed to optimize/increase the total value of my case outcome and did so with great poise, amazing diligence, excellent grasp of the law and its applicability to my situation. — P.R., Wisconsin
"Not every law firm feels like a family" This could not be more accurate. Thank you Nina, Deb and Angela for your kindness, expertise and incredible work ethic. — S.P.
I have never needed legal representation before and didn’t know what to expect when I contacted Nina Pirrotti. What I got was a tenacious advocate who listened with compassion, kept my spirits up throughout the process and secured a great result. I recommend Nina without reservation. She is a topnotch lawyer who genuinely cares about her clients and works tirelessly on their behalf.— B.T.
Dealing with issues that require legal intervention are generally stressful and annoying. I was very fortunate that Nina Pirrotti was willing to hear my case and represent me reducing my anxiety to a minimum. Nina is extremely knowledgeable, to the point and fair. In summary: she did an amazing job negotiating my termination agreement. Subsequently I worked with her on two other occasions, also to great satisfaction. I highly recommend Nina Pirrotti to anyone who is in need of professional legal support in labor related matters.— M.C.
Nina Pirrotti represented my interests in a recent claim that had a significant impact on my family and me. She worked tirelessly as an advocate, applying the necessary skill, finesse, and pressure to bring the matter to a favorable conclusion. I can't recommend her services enough.— T.M.
Nina Pirrotti is a regular guest contributor to Dan Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog which has been named by the ABA as one of the best 100 blogs by lawyers in the country.
Their dialogues on a variety of employment-related topics, with an emphasis of late on sexual harassment in the workplace, appear below:
March 7, 2021
June 8, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 27th, 2020 The Dialogue: Employment Law in Pandemic Times
January 10th, 2018 The Dialogue: The Shifts That #MeToo Are Creating in the Workplace
March 14th, 2017 The Dialogue: What Legislation We’re Keeping Our Eyes On
January 27th, 2017 The Dialogue: Hiring Employees the Right Way (From Different Sides)
November 2nd, 2023 Garrison Law Earns Tier 1 Ranking in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®
September 25th, 2023 What Are My Legal Options if My School Fails to Address a Title IX Complaint?
September 22nd, 2023 What Laws Protect Against Sex Discrimination?
September 20th, 2023 What Is Discrimination Law?
September 20th, 2023 Disability Rights Law: Ensuring Fairness Against Discrimination
August 17th, 2023 Every Garrison Law Attorney Named to Best Lawyers for 2024
April 28th, 2023 The Dialogue: NLRB, Pay Transparency, and CEOs Behaving Badly
December 5th, 2022 AMR sued by former EMT in New Haven over sexual assault claims
November 12th, 2022 Partner Nina Pirrotti Speaks at 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
November 3rd, 2022 Partner Nina Pirrotti Speaks at CBIA Employment Law Conference
October 25th, 2022 Partner Nina Pirrotti Speaks in Practising Law Institute Program
September 24th, 2021 Partner Nina Pirrotti Quoted in Article on Age Discrimination Employment Matter
August 26th, 2020 News coverage on case settled by Partner Nina Pirrotti: Female officer at CCSU awarded $1.75 million in settlement with university over lawsuit alleging she was raped by another officer
July 21st, 2020 Nina T. Pirrotti – New Haven 2020 Lawyer of the Year
July 7th, 2020 Nina T. Pirrotti Featured in Best Lawyers
November 10th, 2017 Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Turns 40
October 1st, 2015 Every Garrison, Levin-Epstein Lawyer Recognized by Super Lawyers
April 27th, 2015 Handling Suspected Workplace Theft
December 22nd, 2014 Workplace Bullying: A Problem for Everyone
September 8th, 2014 Four Partners Re-Elected to Best Lawyers, Including Two “Lawyers of the Year”
November 8th, 2013 Labor Attorney Picked by Celebrity Lawyer in UConn Sex Assault Case
November 1st, 2013 Four Students File Federal Lawsuit Against UConn
January 27th, 2010 Polansky: Kisses and hugs were for jobs well done