Joshua R. Goodbaum
Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in New Haven, ConnecticutGarrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor, Civil Rights
Licensed in Connecticut since: 2011
Education: Harvard Law School
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511 Phone: 203-777-4425 Email: Joshua R. Goodbaum Visit website
A graduate of Harvard and Yale, Joshua R. Goodbaum represents individuals in litigation and negotiation, with particular emphases in employment, civil rights, and appeals. He has represented clients in every level of our justice system, from local trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, in matters ranging from constitutional law to contract disputes.
Josh’s experience in Connecticut employment law runs the gamut, from discrimination (on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, pregnancy, or national origin) and sexual harassment, to wrongful termination, retaliation, non-competition agreements, contract disputes, and wage and hour issues, including claims for unpaid overtime and commissions. He has successfully counseled employees and executives in the negotiation of separation agreements of all sizes – from less than $25,000 to more than $25 million.
Beyond his focus on employment law, Josh regularly assists his fellow lawyers with appeals and other complex legal projects, regardless of the subject matter. He honed his writing skills while serving as a law clerk for Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the Supreme Court of the United States when Justice Gorsuch was a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Josh’s writing has appeared in a variety of legal publications, including the Harvard Law Review.
Josh was elected by his peers to serve in the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates. He previously served as Chair of the Bar Association’s 650-member Labor & Employment Law Section, and currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Labor & Employment Law and Federal Practice Sections.
Josh’s preeminent status in the Connecticut legal community is widely recognized. He ranks among The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Connecticut Law Tribune named him one of its 2015 “New Leaders of the Law,” and he has been designated as a “Rising Star” by Connecticut SuperLawyers since 2015. Martindale-Hubbell rates him as AV Preeminent, which indicates that his peers and judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Prior to joining Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 2011, Josh worked at a large corporate firm in Washington, DC, and interned at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Josh earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. He graduated magna cum laude, reflecting a grade point average in the top ten percent of his graduating class. While at Harvard, Josh served as a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Co-Chair of the Public Interest Auction. Josh went to college at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in history. Between college and law school, he worked for an industrial supply distribution company in Chicago, IL.
Josh is a native of the New Haven area. In his spare time, he enjoys choral singing, playing tennis, and doting on his dog, Mungo.
First Admitted: 2011, Connecticut
Professional Webpage: https://garrisonlaw.com/about-the-firm/joshua-r-goodbaum/
- Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
- Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
- Elected to serve as a Delegate in the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates, 2018
- Executive Committee Member of the Federal Practice Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 2018
- Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, 2017
- Secretary, Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, 2016
- Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, 2011
- National Employment Lawyers Association, 2011
- Won $1.8 million jury verdict for cardiothoracic surgeon in breach of contract action against his former employer, Hartford Healthcare Medical Group, 2019
- Nelson v. Tradewind Aviation (2015). Principally drafted the appellate brief that resulted in the Connecticut Appellate Court affirming a jury verdict of $307,000 for our client, Jeffrey Nelson, after his former employer, Tradewind Aviation, defamed him by insinuating without any proof that he had been terminated for cause and used illegal drugs. See 155 Conn. App. 519 (2015). The Connecticut Supreme Court subsequently denied the defendant's petition for certification, which we opposed.
- DeAngelo v. Yellowbook Inc. (2015). Co-counsel with Nina Pirrotti in disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation lawsuit. Drafted and orally argued successful opposition to Yellowbook's motion for summary judgment. See 2015 WL 1915641 (D. Conn. Apr. 27, 2015) (Crawford, J.). The case is awaiting trial.
- Hunt v. Yale University (2014). Lead counsel for plaintiff in age discrimination case. Drafted and orally argued opposition to Yale's motion for summary judgment, which was denied. See 2014 WL 1717547 (Conn. Super. Apr. 2, 2014) (Vitale, J.). The parties agreed to a confidential settlement.
- Irizarry v. UPS (2014). Co-counseled with Nina Pirrotti in defeating motion for summary judgment, see 2014 WL 1246684 (D. Conn. Mar. 24, 2014), leading to confidential settlement. Our client and his coworker both alleged age discrimination, based on strikingly similar facts. The coworker, who was represented by another Connecticut firm, failed to defeat UPS’s motion for summary judgment in his case. UPS then cited that ruling in its motion for summary judgment in our case. We convinced the Court to deny summary judgment in our case, emphasizing both the factual differences between the cases that we were able to develop during discovery and the legal theories that would allow our client to prevail at trial.
- Luby et al. v. University of Connecticut (2014). Co-counseled with Nina Pirrotti and renowned civil rights attorneys Gloria Allred and Nathan Goldberg in representing five students and alumnae who alleged that their university’s indifferent response to reports of sexual assault and harassment violated Title IX. Case settled for $1.285 million. The university made significant positive changes in its procedures for responding to reports of sexual violence.
- McClain v. Pfizer (2012). Principally drafted the appellate brief that resulted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirming a jury verdict of nearly $2 million in damages for our client, a scientist who blew the whistle on dangerous practices at Pfizer’s Groton, CT laboratory. See 505 F. App’x 59 (2d Cir. 2012).
- Confidential. Lead counsel for municipal employee who was termianted after she sought a reasonable accommodation for her disability. Succeeded in getting employee reinstated to her position, along with a monetary settlement of nearly $100,000.
- September 2019 , Speaker, Ten Things HR Professionals Can Do to Avoid Getting a Letter from Me, Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 HR Summit, 2019
- , Speaker, The Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, Connecticut Bar Association Advanced Labor & Employment Law Symposium, 2019
- , Speaker, Federal Court Discovery: A to Z, Connecticut Bar Association CLE program, 2019
- , Speaker, Managing Employee Speech: What’s Free & What’s Not, Connecticut Business & Industry Association Annual Human Resources Conference, 2019
- Co-Author, Damages in Common-Law Employment Cases, The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages , 2018
- Speaker, Workplace Absence: How to Avoid Pitfalls Caused by the Interplay of Disability, Medical Leave, and Workers’ Compensation Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Conference, 2018
- Speaker, Federal, State & Local Protections for LGBT Workers: The Evolving Legal Landscape, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2018
- Speaker, The Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Conference, 2018
- Speaker, Defending LGBT Workers from Discrimination, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference , 2017
- Speaker, Transgender Issues in the Workplace, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Conference, 2017
- Speaker, CHRO: How to Bring or Defend an Employment Case, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section , 2017
- Speaker, The Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Conference , 2017
- Speaker, Advocating for LGBTQ Elders, Connecticut Bar Association Elder Law & Human Rights Sections , 2017
- Speaker, Campus Sexual Assault Investigations: A (Very Brief) Introduction, District of Connecticut Bench-Bar Conference, 2016
- Speaker, The Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, Annual Conference, Connecticut Bar Association, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2016
- Co-author, Damages in Common-Law Employment Cases, in The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, 2016
- Author, Conn. Court Says Goodbye to Garcetti: Recent Ruling Enhances Protections for Employee Whistleblowers, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
- Author, The Supreme Court of Stability?: Employment Law in the U.S. Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
- Speaker, Employment Law Developments in Connecticut’s State & Federal Courts, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Conference, 2015
- Co-author, Handling Suspected Employee Theft, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
- Speaker, U.S. and CT Supreme Court Update, Annual Conference, Connecticut Bar Association, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2014
- Co-author, Workplace Bullying: A Problem for Everyone, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
- Speaker, Introduction to Wage & Hour Law, Connecticut Women's Education And Legal Fund (CWEALF), 2014
- Author, The Minimum Wage: An Ongoing Debate, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law: FLASH, 2014
- Author, Alternative Dispute Resolution: Court Reaffirms Commitment to Enforcing Agreements, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
- Co-author, Top Employment Policies: Five Steps to Better Business, ABA 8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2014
- Moderator/Speaker, Discovery of Comparator Evidence, Annual Conference, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2014
- Speaker, U.S. Supreme Court Update, Annual Conference, Connecticut Bar Association, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2013
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
- Received an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell for 2018-2019, AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
- Named one of the New Leaders of the Law in 2015 by Connecticut Law Tribune, New Leaders of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
- Law Clerk, Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2010
- Supervising Editor, Harvard Law Review, 2008
- Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021