Ethan A. Levin-Epstein

Top rated employment litigation attorney in New Haven, Connecticut

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.
Ethan A. Levin-Epstein
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, White collar crimes

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1988

Education: Syracuse University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511 Phone: 203-777-4425 Email: Ethan A. Levin-Epstein Visit website


Ethan Levin-Epstein is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 48 years of experience in the criminal law and 30 in the representation of individuals in the area of employment and discrimination.  He has tried more than over 30 jury trials to verdict for the prosecution and the defense.  He has been designated a Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and been listed since 1999 in the attorney peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America.  He is listed in the categories for Criminal Law, White Collar Criminal Defense, and the representation of individuals in Discrimination and Employment cases.

Prior to joining the firm in 1991, Ethan spent fourteen years as a federal and state prosecutor, ending that portion of his career as the First Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. Before that, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (in Brooklyn) and as Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Bureau of the New York District Attorney’s Office (in Manhattan). He also served as a Legal Advisor to the Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department.

In the criminal defense arena, Ethan has successfully tried cases and negotiated favorable dispositions in federal and state courts, resulting in outright declinations of criminal prosecution or agreements by the government to defer criminal prosecution in anticipation of declination. In addition, he has represented numerous targets, subjects, and witnesses in federal grand jury and state investigations relating to such diverse allegations as mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, antitrust, health care fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, bribery, violation of the Hobbs Act (federal extortion), Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), false statements, perjury, obstruction of justice, violation of foreign export statutes, and conspiracy to commit these and numerous other offenses.

In his extensive work on behalf of employees, he has successfully negotiated numerous settlements for clients with claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination based on age, gender, pregnancy, disability, perceived disability and associated disability, sexual orientation; sexual harassment; and benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  He has also successfully prosecuted and defended arbitrations for executives for their employers' breach of their employment contracts.

Ethan’s experience in the criminal law has enhanced his ability to effectively represent individuals in their employment-related matters.  There is significant overlap between the two fields and where clients face situations which have implications from both an employment and criminal perspective, Ethan’s experience in both areas has proven invaluable.

Ethan has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Brooklyn and University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac) Law Schools, where he taught advanced courses in Trial Advocacy and Federal Criminal Jurisprudence. He has been a Visiting Lecturer of Constitutional Law at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and has been a frequent speaker at professional and government-sponsored seminars and in-service training programs.  Ethan has been invited to be a featured speaker and presenter at National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Annual Conventions, the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and the F.B.I. Academy at Quantico, Virginia.

He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Employment Lawyers and Connecticut Employment Lawyers Associations, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Council (on which he served as a Trustee), and the Connecticut Bar Association (in which he served as Co-Chair of its Federal Practice Section and continues to serve as an active member of its Executive Committee). Previously, he served as Chair of the Section’s Criminal Practice Sub-Committee.

Ethan is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts in the District of Connecticut, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of Florida.  He is a member of the Bar in the States of Connecticut and New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

First Admitted: 1972, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • United States v. Ern Len.  In this ten-week multi-defendant money laundering and conspiracy criminal jury trial, Ethan was successful in obtaining an acquittal for his client.
  • United States v. Lundwall.  An executive of a Fortune 50 corporation was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly destroying and concealing documents that pertained to a private race discrimination case against the company.  It was reportedly the first time this theory had been used to prosecute for criminal obstruction of justice.  Ethan was successful in obtaining an acquittal for his client.  The case received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times.
  • Nano v. Competitive Technologies, Inc.  In this complex labor arbitration, which took over a year to litigate, Ethan successfully obtained and confirmed a judgment in excess of $750,000 for his client, the former CEO of a medical technology company.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Federal Bar Council (former Trustee); Connecticut Bar Association (former Co-Chair and currennt Executive Committee Member, Federal Practice Section; former Chair, Criminal Practice Sub-Committee); National Employment Lawyers Association; Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association

Office location for Ethan A. Levin-Epstein

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

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