Stephen J. Fitzgerald

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in New Haven, Connecticut

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

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1988

Education: Fordham University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023

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

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511 Phone: 203-777-4425 Email: Stephen J. Fitzgerald Visit website


Steve Fitzgerald represents individuals in employment, personal injury, and railroad law matters in the state and federal courts.  He has developed a particular expertise representing employees who have been subject to retaliation for exercising their free speech rights, having won several multi-million dollar jury verdicts for his clients.  His peers have ranked him as a Connecticut Super Lawyer since 2011, as Super Lawyer Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2012, and as Best Lawyer of the Year for Labor & Employment Litigation in the New Haven area for 2014-15.

In addition to his numerous free speech cases, Steve has also represented employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, defamation, and non-compete cases.  His wide variety of clients has ranged from CEOs to janitors, police officers to physicians.  He also represents injured railroad workers and railroad workers who have been retaliated against for reporting safety issues.

Steve’s railroad practice in includes FELA injury claims and FRSA whistleblower claims.  He prides himself on the personal attention he gives to each one of his clients, including those who have been injured.


First Admitted: 1988, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:

  • McClain v. Pfizer (2012). Becky McClain was disciplined and discharged after speaking out about dangerous conditions at Pfizer’s Groton, CT laboratory.  Following trial, the jury awarded her damages totaling nearly $2 million.  The case received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times. The Second Circuit affirmed the verdict on appeal.
  • Nelson v. Tradewind Aviation (2011). When Jeffrey Nelson’s job offer was mysteriously revoked, he realized that his former employer, Tradewind Aviation, had defamed him, insinuating without any proof that he had used illegal drugs.  At trial, Attorney Fitzgerald proved that Tradewind had lied to avoid paying Mr. Nelson unemployment benefits.  The jury took only two hours to award Mr. Nelson $307,000 in damages.
  • Nano v. Competitive Technologies (2011). Secured a $775,000 arbitration award for the former CEO of a medical technology company on his breach of contract claim.
  • Lawyer of the Year, Labor & Employment Litigation (New Haven), Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, Employment - Individuals, Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Employment Lawyer of the Year, Super Lawyers, 2012

Office location for Stephen J. Fitzgerald

405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023

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