Dec 22 2015
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., celebrates our former partner, the Honorable Robert A. Richardson, who was sworn in as a new U.S. Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the District of Connecticut on January 12, 2016. Our firm’s loss is a monumental gain for the lawyers and litigants of the District! Congratulations, Judge Richardson!
The formal investiture for Judge Richardson will take place at a date to be determined.
The press release from the District Court is available here. An excerpt from the text is copied below:
Robert A. Richardson, a Partner in the New Haven law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., has been selected as a Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the District of Connecticut. He will be sworn in on January 12, 2016, and he will hold court at the Hartford federal courthouse. Mr. Richardson fills the Magistrate Judge vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith, effective June 30, 2015.
Mr. Richardson grew up in Bethany, Connecticut and currently resides in New Haven. He is a 1984 graduate of Amity High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. Mr. Richardson received a Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1991. He was a Managing Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, a recipient of the Judge Joseph M. Haerter Award for trial practice, and a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award. He also interned for the Honorable Herbert R. Brown of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Mr. Richardson joined the law firm then known as Garrison, Silbert & Arterton, P.C., in 1991. Since that time, he has represented individuals and employees in employment and civil rights matters, in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for employment law since 2006. He recently served as co-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Judiciary Committee, and he previously served on the District Court’s Federal Grievance Committee (1996-2001) and on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics (2002-2011). In addition, he recently served as Vice President of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association and as a member of the Editorial Board for the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The selection of Mr. Richardson was made by the District Judges, according to Chief Judge Janet C. Hall. “Rob Richardson is a talented lawyer with extensive trial and mediation experience. He has been a leader in the legal profession. He is very smart, with an excellent demeanor. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we look forward with great enthusiasm to welcoming him to the ranks of judicial officers in our District,” Hall said.
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The lawyers of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti have been advocating for employee and civil rights throughout Connecticut for nearly 40 years. From our offices in New Haven, we provide award-winning representation in all aspects of employment law. We are proud to have been honored by the Connecticut Law Tribune as the 2015 Connecticut Employment Lawyers of the Year. We also represent individuals and businesses accused of violating the criminal law or subject to investigations, with a particular emphasis on white-collar, financial, and other complex criminal cases, as well as individuals in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.