Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Partners Named 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Aug 15 2018

Best Lawyers of America has recognized all five partners at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. for their work fighting for the rights of Connecticut’s employees.

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Since 1983, the publication is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. Each year, it selects the top 5 percent of lawyers in America to be recognized in its rankings.

For the third straight year, Partner Stephen J. Fitzgerald was named the Best Lawyers Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in New Haven, Connecticut. He was also recognized for the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – ERISA.

Our attorneys were named in Best Lawyers of America for the following categories:

  • Partner Joseph Garrison was recognized in the practice areas of Arbitration, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Mediation.
  • Partner Ethan Levin-Epstein was recognized in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: General Practice with a specific focus of Civil and Criminal, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Employment Law – Individuals.
  • Partner Nina Pirrotti was recognized in the practice area of Employment Law – Individuals.
  • Partner Joshua Goodbaum was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

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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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