Nina T. Pirrotti Named Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Individuals

Aug 15 2019

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. Partner Nina T. Pirrotti was named Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law -Individuals in New Haven, Connecticut.

As one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession, Best Lawyers of America is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. It selects the top one percent of lawyers in the United States every year to be recognized in its rankings.

Nina Pirrotti represents individuals in employment and civil rights litigation and negotiation. She is a member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Trial Advocacy Competition Committee; Co-Chair of the Employee Privacy subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF); and 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
  • Severance agreements
  • Whistleblower claims

Nina was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America for three years before she was honored as a 2020 “Lawyer of the Year.” She also was selected as a 2014 Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer, placing her among the Top 50 lawyers in the state and as a Top 25 Connecticut Woman Super Lawyer and a Top 50 New England Woman Super Lawyer. In 2010, Nina was named by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its Women in the Law – High Achievers.

In addition, all five partners at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the following categories:

  • Joseph D. Garrison – Arbitration Employment Law – Individuals Litigation – Labor and Employment Mediation
  • Ethan A. Levin-Epstein – Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law – Individuals
  • Stephen J. Fitzgerald – Employment Law – Individuals Litigation – ERISA Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Joshua R. Goodbaum – Employment Law – Individuals 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

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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

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