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Amanda M. DeMatteis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in New Haven, CT

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.
405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-777-4425
Fax: 203-776-3965
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed in Connecticut Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Attorney Profile

Amanda DeMatteis represents individuals in litigation, particularly employment, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. She represents employees in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination (on the basis of pregnancy, sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion or national origin), sexual harassment, defamation, retaliation, and hostile work environment.  Amanda has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in both employment and personal injury matters.

In addition to her employment litigation practice, Amanda negotiates cases and advises clients on employment contracts, severance negotiations, non-competition clauses and non-solicitation clauses.

Amanda also represents injured employees in workers’ compensation matters across Connecticut. She successfully helps injured workers get necessary medical treatment, weekly monetary benefits and payment for their injuries.

Amanda and Steve Fitzgerald manage the firm’s personal injury practice, representing injured individuals in all aspects of litigation. From motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls, to dog bites and motorcycle accidents, Amanda frequently helps clients recover money damages for injuries caused by others.

Thanks to her hard work in and out of the courtroom, Amanda has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star every year since 2015. This distinction is given to only 2.5% of Connecticut attorneys under the age of 40.

Amanda proudly serves as the President of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization for attorneys who represent employees in all aspects of employment law in Connecticut. Amanda is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) as an Affiliate Leader and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) as the Co-Chair of the Employment Law Section. Amanda is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and serves as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).

A native of Hamden, Connecticut, Amanda earned her law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was the recipient of a Service to the Law School Award, was the Founder and President of the Labor and Employment Law Society, served as a Senator for the Student Bar Association, and was a member of the Mock Trial Society, also serving on its Executive Board.  Amanda received her B.S. from Sacred Heart University, where she majored in Political Science, was inducted into multiple honor societies and served as Class President.  She served during college as a congressional intern for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT).

Amanda lives in North Haven with her husband. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys staying active with family and friends in her spare time.

About Amanda M. DeMatteis

First Admitted: 2013, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

  • American Bar Association, Member

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member

  • American Inns of Court, Invited Member

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member

  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, President

Educational Background

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law

    Juris Doctorate

    , 2012
  • Sacred Heart University

    BS, Political Science

    , 2008


  • Rivera v. Rosa

    Madeline Rivera sustained severe emotional harm following a motor vehicle accident on I-84 in 2012. Although Ms. Rivera had only minor physical injuries, the jury awarded her over $230,000. The insurance company’s final offer to settle the case before trial was $5,000.

    , 2015
  • Shazel v. Hines Sudden Service (2014)
    Michelle Shazel was retaliated against and constructively discharged from her employment in a fast food restaurant after she complained that she was sexually harassed by her coworker.After trial, the jury awarded Ms. Shazel over $115,000, including $100,000 as compensation for her emotional distress.

    , 2014
  • Represented a senior executive in an age discrimination case. The case resolved at mediation for a six-figure result.

  • Represented a veteran employee who was swiftly terminated when management changed. The employee was over 60 years old and was replaced by a less experienced, younger employee. The dispute resolved prior to litigation for $60,000.

  • Represented a certified nurse’s assistant who was disciplined and terminated shortly after informing her employer of her pregnancy. The dispute resolved prior to litigation for $45,000.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Gateway to Practice, Speaker, 2020
  • Sex Discrimination, Sexual Orientation and Gender identity, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, Speaker, 2019
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Gateway to Practice, Speaker, 2019
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Gateway to Practice, Speaker, 2018
  • CHRO: How to Bring and Defend an Employment Case, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

    , Speaker, 2017
  • Building a Moot Court Program & Case Assessment Services For Your Members, National Employment Lawyers Association 2017 Affiliate Leadership Workshop

    , Speaker, 2017
  • Lessons We’ve Learned from Cases We’ve Won AND Lost, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

    , Speaker, 2015


  • , Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow  
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Office Location for Amanda M. DeMatteis

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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