Lewis H. Chimes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Stamford, CT

Law Office of Lewis Chimes LLC
 | 45 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-324-7744
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1985
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

As the founder of the Law Office of Lewis Chimes LLC, Lewis H. Chimes serves people living in the state of Connecticut, including Stamford, Norwalk and their surrounding areas. He focuses his practice on employment law, representing employees in matters concerning wage and hour disputes, noncompetition agreements, wrongful discrimination, sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act and discrimination.

In 1982, Mr. Chimes graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government. He then went to Columbia Law School and earned his Juris Doctor in 1985.

Despite the passing of protective laws, companies continue to engage in illegal behavior. This can be hard for employees, especially if they still wish to remain with their employer. Mr. Chimes uses his experience as a former prosecutor to handle sensitive matters such as discrimination and sexual harassment with the discretion they require. His record of success over the last 30 years includes a $5 million settlement involving stock redemption, proving that a town was liable for race discrimination involving minority police officers, and winning $285,000 for a sexual harassment victim.

Mr. Chimes' legal skills and adherence to ethics have made him the recipient of several honors. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America*and he holds the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent** from Martindale-Hubbell. He is also greatly involved in the legal community, serving as co-chair on the Employment Law Section of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, he regularly writes and lectures on matters relating to trial practice and employment law.

* The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (70%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Criminal Defense (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Rights (10%): Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Focus Areas

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Rights: Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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About Lewis Chimes

Admitted: 1985, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://chimeslaw.com/attorneys/attorney-lewis-chimes/

Honors and Awards:

  • Disability Rights Law Firm of the Year in Connecticut, Corporate International Global magazine, 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell Listing of AV Rated Preeminent Lawyers
  • U.S. News and World Report, Best Law Firms, 2013
  • American Lawyer Media Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law - Connecticut, New York Metro Area, Boston Area
  • Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America (recognized in four categories), 2005 – present
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors(2008 – present), Co-chairman of Employment Law Section (2009 – present)
  • New York, 1986
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Connecticut, 1985
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Former prosecutor
  • American Association of Justice
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Connecticut Special Olympics, Board of Directors, Legal Advisor Community Mediation, Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation," National Employment Lawyers Association, Orlando, Fla., 2003
  • "Employment Law: Developments in Connecticut Law," New Haven County Bar Association, 2003
  • "Employment Law 2004: Recent Developments in Federal Court," New Haven County Bar Association, 2004
  • "Employment Law: Recent Developments in Connecticut Law," New Haven County Bar Association, 2005
  • "Investigating the Investigation: Employer Investigations of Harassment/Hostile Environment From the Plaintiff's Perspective," National Employment Lawyers Association, Chicago, 2005
  • "Potential employment Causes of Action Under Connecticut Law," Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Seminar Co-Chair), December 2010
  • "Understanding Defense Counsel's Objectives When Taking the Plaintiff's Deposition," National Employment Lawyer's Association, San Diego, CA, June 2012
  • "Effectively Taking and Defending Depositions," Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Seminar Co-Chair), October 2012
  • "Free Speech Rights in the Workplace," Connecticut Bar Association, October 2012
  • "Social Media and the First Amendment," Connecticut Bar Association, January 2013

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • West v. Timex, 361 Fed. Appx. 249 (2d Cir. 2010)(Employment)
  • United States v. Rivera 192 F. 3d 81 (1999)(Criminal)
  • United States v. Graham, 3:99 CR 271, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19272, (2000)
  • United States v. Graham, 119 F. Supp. 2d 116 (D. Conn. 2000)
  • State v. Thornton, 291 Conn. 914 (Conn. 2009)(Criminal)
  • State v. Sanders, 37 Conn. App. 219, 655 A.2d 805 (1995)(Criminal)
  • State v. Radzvilowicz, 47 Conn. App. 1, 703 A.2d 767 (1997)(Criminal)
  • Smith v. Da Ros, 777 F. Supp. 2d 340 (D. Conn. 2011)(Employment)
  • Roberton v. Citizens Utilities, 122 F.Supp. 279 (D. Conn. 2000)(Employment - ERISA - $1,300,000 Verdict)
  • Raymundo v. Palmer Landing, 2005 WL 3624473 (Conn. Super. 2005)(Personal Injury - Wrongful Death - Inadequate Security)
  • People v. Whetson, 135 Misc. 2d 1, 513 N.Y.S. 2d 910 (Crim. Ct. 1987)(Criminal)
  • People v. Harper, 137 Misc. 2d 357, 520 N.Y.S. 2d 892 (Crim. Ct. 1987)(Criminal)
  • Miron v. Univ. of New Haven Police Dep't, 284 Conn. 35 (Conn. 2007)(Employment)
  • Lasnick v. Morgan, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144835 (D. Conn. Dec. 15, 2011)(Wrongful Death)
  • Kuselias v. SNET, 18 Conn. L. Rptr. (Conn. Super. 1996)(Employment - Defamation - $580,000 verdict)
  • Kiley v. AchieveGlobal, Inc., CASE NO. 3:05-CV-1658, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59921 (2006)
  • In Re: Handy and Harmon Group, 262 B.R. 211 (2001)(Employment)
  • Hardy v. Town of Greenwich, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98333 (D. Conn. Dec. 3, 2008)(Employment)
  • Hardy v. Town of Greenwich, 629 F. Supp. 2d 192 (D. Conn. 2009)(Employment)
  • Hardy v. Town of Greenwich, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64141 (D. Conn. July 22, 2009)(Employment)
  • Gray v. Foundation Health Systems, Inc., 2004 WL 945137 (Conn. Super. 2004)(Commercial - Class Action)
  • Galland v. Bishop, 2001 WL 56474, 28 Conn. L. Rptr. 690 (2001)(Personal Injury - Extension of family car doctrine)
  • Favale v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, 233 F.R.D. 243 (D. Conn. 2003)(Employment - Sexual Harassment/Defamation)
  • Fasoli v. City of Stamford, 3:11-CV-00767 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74295 (2013)
  • Fairchild v. Quinnipiac, 3:13cv1877, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 55511 (2014)(Employment – Title IX)
  • Deleo v. City of Stamford, 919 F.Supp. 70 (D. Conn. 1995)(Employment - Disability Discrimination)
  • Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority v. Mitchell, et al, CV-010810194-S(2002)(Civil Rights - Dismissal of retaliatory lawsuit against environmentalist who spoke out about Hartford landfill)
  • Breiner v. Connecticut State Dental Commission 3:03CV01935(MRK)(2004)
  • Block v. Connecticut Distributors, 1996 WL 278265, 16 Conn. L. Rptr. 634 (Conn. Super. 1996)
  • Bemus v. Community Medical Transport, 2000 WL 373928, 28 Conn. L. Rptr. 1 (Conn. Super. 2000)(Employment - Breach of contract - $275,000 verdict)
  • Delgado v. United States

Educational Background:

  • Tufts University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science and Government, 1982
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Office Location for Lewis H. Chimes

45 Franklin Street
Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: 203-324-7744

 

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Last Updated: 8/3/2017

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