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
Fax: 203-969-1319
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (70%), Criminal Defense (10%), Civil Rights (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, French
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lewis H. Chimes is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Lewis Chimes LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Fairfield County and all across the state, Mr. Chimes provides exceptional representation to those who have suffered serious violations of their rights as workers, including discrimination, harassment and other grievances.

In addition to handling all types of employment law matters, he also delivers invaluable advocacy to clients dealing with personal injury claims, civil rights violations, criminal charges and general litigation matters. Regardless of his clients' needs or the complexities involved with their cases, Mr. Chimes has more than 34 years of legal experience to draw upon to increase his clients' chances of obtaining the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve efficiently and cost-effectively.

A veteran of more than 50 jury trials, Mr. Chimes has unmatched abilities in the courtroom, and he has extensive experience handling mediations, negotiations and arbitrations. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients, including many multimillion-dollar awards.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Chimes has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of labor and employment law, plaintiff employment litigation, ERISA litigation and plaintiff personal injury. He has also received the organization's Lawyer of the Year award in 2018. Moreover, U.S. News & World Report voted his practice among the Best Law Firms in the U.S. for labor and employment law, and Mr. Chimes has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1982 graduate of Tufts University, Mr. Chimes obtained his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1985. Early in his legal career, he served as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and since 1990, he has represented the rights and interests of clients in state and federal courts across Connecticut.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Chimes is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association's board of governors and once served as chair of its Employment Law Committee. He is also an active and long-time member of both the National and Connecticut Employment Lawyers Associations, and he supports the Special Olympics Connecticut by serving on its board as well as the organization's legal adviser.

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Practice Areas
  • 70%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About Lewis H. Chimes

Admitted: 1985, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://chimeslaw.com/lewis-chimes/


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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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


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

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Pro bono/Community Service

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

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

Fax: 203-969-1319

Last Updated: 7/2/2021

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