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Partner Joe Garrison Selected as Honoree for NELA’s 2022 Gala Awards Celebration

Apr 22 2022

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) recently announced that it has selected Joseph Garrison, partner and founder of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., as an honoree at the 2022 NELA Gala Awards Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Joe has spent decades protecting the rights of employees in Connecticut and around the country.

As NELA explained in its announcement, “It is impossible to overstate the significance of the contributions Joe Garrison has made to NELA and the field of plaintiffs’ employment law throughout his career.” These contributions include serving for 15 years on NELA’s Board, including three years as President. Joe remains NELA’s representative to the Federal Rules Advisory Committee, which is responsible for revising the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

In his storied career, Joe has received virtually every award and honor available to a trial lawyer, including from Connecticut Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, of which he was a Charter Fellow.

The lawyers of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. have been advocating for employee and civil rights throughout Connecticut for more than 45 years. From our offices in New Haven, we provide award-winning representation in all aspects of Connecticut employment law.

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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

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    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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