Nina T. Pirrotti

Nina T. Pirrotti

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor 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: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Nina Pirrotti represents individuals in employment and civil rights litigation and negotiation. 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; a Co-Chair of the Employee Privacy subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF); and a 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, unpaid wages, severance agreements, and whistleblower claims.

Nina also advocates on behalf of students and faculty. She has guided numerous students through their universities’ internal disciplinary procedures and has advised faculty members who have been targets of internal investigations. Nina has also litigated on behalf of students seeking to discharge their rights under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education.

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

Even before Nina decided to represent employees, students, and faculty, she had already devoted almost 15 years to civil rights and public service. At the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, she was appointed to the Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuting homicides, bank robberies, kidnappings, and pattern crimes. And as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Law Department for the City of New York, she received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement.

Nina is an experienced trial advocate, having served as lead counsel in approximately 25 jury trials and 50 bench trials. She taught Trial Advocacy at the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York City Law Department, and trial practice at Quinnipiac Law School as an adjunct professor.

Nina served as president of the CELA for approximately a decade and as a Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Affiliate Relations Committee, as well as its Second Circuit representative for several years. She has also served as a Track Coordinator for the American Bar Association’s 6th and 7th Annual Section Conferences and as a liaison for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. She routinely lectures nationally on employment related topics.

In 2015, Nina was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to serve as a member of the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee, which advises the Court concerning the rules for civil litigation.

Nina received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Theater. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Feminism and participated in the Barrister’s Union, a competitive mock trial organization. Nina began her legal career as an associate at commercial litigation firms and devoted significant time to pro bono matters, including employment discrimination and First Amendment/whistleblower cases.

About Nina Pirrotti

Admitted: 2006, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://www.garrisonlaw.com/about-garrison/nina-t-pirrotti-pa...

Honors/Awards:

  • Named a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America since 2016

  • Named by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its Women in the Law – High Achievers for 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Connecticut Bar Admission, 2006

  • New York Bar Admission, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Fellow Yale Student, Kavanaugh Contemporary: The Nominee Should Not Be Presumed Innocent, Connecticut Law Tribune, (Oct. 3, 2018)
  • Harnessing The #MeToo Momentum- Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases, NELA Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (October 2018)

  • Pay Equity Issues Under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII, New York Affiliate of National Employment Lawyers’ Association, New York, NY (May 23, 2018)

  • Human Trafficking: Issues Relevant to Business, Employment & Humanitarian Lawyers Wilmington, NC (May 18, 2018)

  • What to do when the Media Calls, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, National Webinar (May 9, 2018)

  • Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: The Unsung Hero of the Plaintiff’s Employment Case, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Labor and Employment Section, Raleigh, NC (February 2018)

  • The Employee Who Stays: A Tangled Web, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (June 2017)

  • Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: How and When to Use Them, NELA New York Spring Conference, New York, NY (May 2017)

  • Examining Sanctionable Conduct: Rule 11 from a Plaintiff Employment Lawyer’s Perspective, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2017 Midwinter Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (March 2017)

  • Getting to the Root of the Problem: A Trend Toward a More Practical Approach to Addressing Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace, in Complying with Employment Regulations: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Legislation and Adapting to the Changing State of Employment Law (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2016-17 )

  • The New Standards on Sharing Wage and Other Confidential Information in the Workplace: The Growing Trend Toward Eliminating Contributors to the Gender Pay Gap, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2016)

  • What I Wish I Knew When I was Starting out as a Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer: Top Ten Tips, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (June 2016)

  • Unraveling the Complexities of Workplace Investigations, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2016 Midwinter Conference, New Orleans, LA (March 2016)

  • Handling Suspected Workplace Theft, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Southern Connecticut Chapter, Workplace Law Symposium, Stamford, CT (September 2015)

  • Sexual Harassment & Assault Under Title IX, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (June 2015)

  • Handling Suspected Employee Theft, Connecticut Law Tribune (Apr. 27, 2015)

  • Unclean Hands: Issues Surrounding Employee Theft, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee 2015 Midwinter Conference, Naples, FL (March 2015)

  • Tips from the Pros: Effective Negotiating Strategies for Success, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) 2015 Annual Conference, Washington, DC (February 2015)

  • Workplace Bullying: A Problem for Everyone, Connecticut Law Tribune (Dec. 22, 2014)

  • Top Employment Policies (with emphasis on workplace investigations, use of social media, LBGT discrimination, bullying in the workplace and post-employment retaliation), American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 2014)

  • Successful Negotiations: The Unsung Value of the Human Connection, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA (June 2014)

  • Internal Investigations in a Digital "Workplace," American Bar Association National Symposium on Technology and Labor & Employment Law, New York, NY (May 2014)

  • Damages Strategies: Recent Developments, Legal Theories, and the Role of Expert Witnesses, American Bar Association Webinar (December 2013)

  • Bullies in the Workplace, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 2013)

  • Tips for Conducting a Successful Direct Examination of the Plaintiff, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Orange, CT (October 2013)

  • What Really Happened – Investigating Workplace Discrimination, American Arbitration Association Webinar (October 2013)

  • Using the Employer’s Flawed Investigation to Support the Plaintiff’s Case, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO (June 2013)

  • Damage Strategies Beyond Back and Front Pay: Wage Recoveries and the Role of Expert Witnesses, American Bar Association Labor & Employment EEO Conference, Savannah, GA (April 2013)

  • Retaliation After Employment Ends: The Former Employer’s “Parting Shot”, Connecticut Law Tribune (Jan. 28, 2013)

  • Strategic Considerations for Workplace Investigations, Connecticut Law Tribune (Oct. 22, 2012)

  • Executive Behavior Run Amok: Strategic Considerations for Workplace Investigations, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (October 2012)

  • Retaliation in the Post-Employment Context – The Former Employer’s Parting Shot, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (June 2012)

  • Retaliation in the Post Employment Context: Not a Time to Let Your Guard Down, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (November 2011)

  • Transforming Weaknesses into Strength at Trial, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC (June 2010)

  • Pregnancy and Family Responsibility Discrimination – Romantic Paternalism is Alive and Well, Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund, New Haven, CT (June 2010)

  • Investigating and Bringing a Claim – The Employee’s Lawyer’s Perspective, Worker’s Compensation Trust, Wallingford, CT (April 2010)

  • Pregnancy Discrimination: Why It May Be the Most Difficult Form of Discrimination to Eradicate from the Workplace, Blog, Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (Oct. 26, 2010)

  • Shopping at Wal-Mart: The Savings Are Not Worth the Price, Blog, Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (Nov. 19, 2009)

  • Survey of Employee Friendly State Laws, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA (June 2009)

  • Defending Depositions, National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, Denver, CO (March 2009)

  • Trial Themes, National Employment Lawyers Association Regional Conference, Boston, MA (May 2008)

  • Punitive Damages in the Wake of Philip Morris USA v. Williams, Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford, CT (June 2007)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Achieved $1 million settlement on behalf of an employee who had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a co-worker. The settlement included this major employer’s commitment to revamping its sexual harassment training, investigation and response to those who report it.
  • Represented five plaintiffs (three members of management and two staff members) insexual harassment and retaliation claims against a major Connecticut employer, resulting in a settlement in excess of $1 million.
  • Defended hedge fund manager in complex arbitration brought by his former employer (also a hedge fund), alleging violation of the parties’ restrictive covenant. Despite employer’s demand for millions of dollars in damages, the arbitration panel awarded only nominal damages of $2.
  • Represented former employee against start-up technology company for failure to pay wages. After plaintiff quit her job prior to the expiration of her employment contract and filed a wage claim with the Department of Labor, the employer counterclaimed for breach of contract. Obtained dismissal of breach of contract action and brought successful arbitration against employer for, among other claims, retaliation and violation of wage and hour laws.
  • Co-counseled with 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.
  • Represented high-level executive in age discrimination case against Fortune 100 company. Successfully briefed appeal to Second Circuit, which reversed District Court decision granting summary judgment. Case subsequently settled for $3.5 million.
  • Represented four sales representatives in race discrimination and hostile work environment case against local Connecticut business. Case settled for $245,000.
  • Represented two school principals in sexual harassment action against the superintendent of schools. Case settled on favorable terms, including monetary settlement and imposition of new procedure for internal complaints against superintendent.
  • Represented orchestra conductor in disability discrimination case. Case settled on favorable terms, including a significant monetary settlement, private apology, and gala retirement reception in conductor’s honor.
  • Represented insurance agent for national insurance company under Connecticut free speech statute after agent’s contract was not renewed following his complaints about fraudulent insurance practices. Case settled for $350,000.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement; American Jurisprudence awards in Constitutional Law, Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, Torts, Criminal Law, Legal Procedure; Civil Procedure

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Yale Law School. Member of the Journal of Law and Feminism and participated in the Barrister’s Union, a competitive mock trial organization.

    , 1991
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1985
Office Location for Nina T. Pirrotti

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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Last Updated: 10/24/2018

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