Robert B. Mitchell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Stratford, CT

Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C.
 | 80 Ferry Blvd, Suite 216
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: 203-873-0240
Fax: 203-873-0235
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice on labor and employment law, Robert B. Mitchell is a shareholder of Mitchell & Sheahan, Attorneys at Law. From the firm's office in Stratford, Connecticut, he represents both companies and employees throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. Admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and Louisiana, Mr. Mitchell is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Mitchell's representation of private and public-sector employers has included the preparation of employee handbooks as well as employment, noncompete, confidentiality, and severance agreements. He has also provided advice and counsel on collective bargaining, union avoidance, and recruiting and hiring practices, and he has defended them on claims involving sexual harassment, employment and workplace discrimination, and Family and Medical Leave Act violations. Mr. Mitchell has also represented employees with respect to their contractual and statutory rights as well as on discrimination and other claims. In addition to his courtroom work, he has appeared on behalf of his clients before numerous state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Mr. Mitchell's successful track record and high degree of ethics have earned him a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Mitchell attended Tulane University School of Law and served on the Tulane Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (30%)

Employment Litigation (30%)

Employment Litigation (30%)

Employment & Labor (10%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Robert Mitchell

Admitted: 1988, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://www.mitchellandsheahan.com/robert-b-mitchell-attorney

Honors/Awards:

  • One of “the 200 Outstanding Lawyers in Fairfield County” by the Moffly Media Magazine Group
  • Named as a "Top Lawyer"
  • Named in the Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed as "Connecticut Super Lawyer”
  • Elected to Tulane Law Review, Board of Student Editors, 1976 - 1978; Comments Editor 1977 - 1978, Order of the Coif, 1978
  • "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Monroe Republican Town Committee, Member
  • Monroe Republican Town Committee, Executive Board
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • New York
  • Louisiana
  • American Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment, Civil Litigation Sections;Bridgeport Bar Association, President 2006-2007, Member Board of Directors 2000-2010,; Member Labor and Employment Law Committee;Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections, Member Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Board 2007- present;Section Chair 2015 - 2016.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • New York Division of Human Rights
  • Monroe, Connecticut, Town Council, 1993-1997; Monroe, Connecticut Republican Town Committee, 1994-2007, Member of Executive Board 2000-2006; Connecticut Business and Industry Association;  Arbitrator and Attorney Trial Referee, Connecticut Superior Court, Judicial District of Fairfield;    Special Master's Panel, United States District Court, District of Connecticut;   Connecticut Law Revision Commission, Human Rights and Opportunities, Member, 1996-1997;  Pro Bono Partnership; SoundWaters, Inc., Member Board of Directors, Chair of Schooner Maintenance, Construction and Operations Committee; 2007-2009, Chair of the Board 2009- present; Cardinal Shehan Center, Member Board of Directors 2004-2010, Volunteer Director, SoundWaters-Cardinal Shehan Center Joint Junior Sailing Program 2001-2005; Connecticut Zoological Society (Beardsley Zoo), Member Board of Directors, First Vice-President, member Executive Committee; President 2013 - present;  Connecticut Governor's Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, 2007- 2008; Stamford Sailing foundation, Member, Board of Directors; Member;Stratford United Methodist Church, Chair Board of Trustees. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Note, Constitutional Law - Capital Punishment and the Eighth Amendment", 51 Tulane Law Review 360, 1977;"Comment, Federal Discovery in Concurrent Criminal and Civil Proceedings", 52 Tulane Law Review 769, 1978;"Note, The NLRB's "Milwaukee Spring II" Decision", 58 Tulane Law Review 1441, 1984;"Ruling Raises Disability Bar - The U.S. Supreme Court Considers the ADA -" Connecticut Law Tribune, 02/01/02 (with Sheila A. Denton);"Fair Warning to Employers on WARN Act - What your employees don't know can cost you", Connecticut Law Tribune, 11/01/01;"Protecting Your Right to Manage:  The Value of Contracts", Fairfield County Business Times, 09/01/04; 1 Employment Laws Impacting HR Management, Chapter E "Managing Protected Absenteeism: FMLA, ADA, and Other Leave Laws", The George Washington University and Council On Education In Management (2007);"Be Careful to Recognize Rights of Caregivers", Connecticut Law Tribune, 07/30/07;"Protected Absenteeism and the Connecticut Small Business", Connecticut Law Tribune, 04/07;"Employee Internet Use and Blogging:  Should the Boss Care"?", CBIA's Business Advantage, 09/06;"Family Medical Leave Nightmare - A Hypothetical", with Margaret M. Sheahan, Connecticut Law Tribune, 05/29/06;"Now You See It, Now you Don't: Overtime Pay Exemption Applies to Some, but Not All Salespersons", Connecticut Law Tribune, 01/28/08.;"FMLA Hot Topics", Chapter C, "Clarifying the Confusing Employee Eligibility and Leave Entitlement Requirements", Council On Education in Management (2009), with Margaret M. Sheahan;Employment Law: A Changing Practice , Participant N;ew England Roundtable Series, GC New England Magazine (2009);"Shifting the Burden in Discrimination Cases," Connecticut Law Tribune,  7-27-09; "Age Discrimination Plaintiffs May Prefer State Law", Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol 37, No. 5 (January 31, 2011 .     CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT: Frequent lecturer on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Topics for, among others,  Lorman Education Services, Connecticut Business and Industry Assoc., Greater Bridgeport Bar Assoc., Business Council of Southwestern Connecticut (SACIA) Westchester, Fairfield Corporate Counsel Assoc. (WESTFACCA), Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut (MAC), Council on Education in Management, Lecturer, Personnel Certificate Program, Fairfield University; "NLRB's New Threat to the Non-Union Employer", Connecticut Law Tribune, In-House CLE Lecture ( April 14, 2011)
  • Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board, Member
  • Lectures and writes articles on labor and employment topics for the Connecticut Law Tribune and other professional publications
  • Editor of the Tulane Law Review

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Burger v. The NIA Group, LLC, et al, Case No. 3:08-CV-1573 (RNC)(2010); Hardy, et al. v. Town of Greenwich, Case No. 3:06-CV-00833 (MRK)(2009);Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, Inc. v. Vetruvian Group, LLC, FST- CV05-4006846-S (Conn. Super. May 25, 2009);Georgia and Schiller v. City of Bridgeport, Nos. 3:01 CV-00452, 3:01CV-00717 (AVC) (2004); N.L.R.B. v. Fermont, a Div. of General Dynamics Corp. of America, 928 F.2d 609 (2d Cir. 1991); Carlson v. Manchester Mem. Hosp., 182 F.3d 898 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), unpublished disposition, Nos. 98-9374, 98-9412  1999 Westlaw 461768 (2d Cir. June 18, 1999);N.L.R.B. v. Mulvaney Mechanical Inc., 234 F.3d 1262 (Table, Text in   WESTLAW), unpublished disposition, No. 99-4176 2000 WL 1715231, 169 L.R.R.M. 3152 (2d Cir. Nov. 14, 2000);Mulvaney Mechanical v. Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Ass'n, Local 38,  288 F.3d 491 (2d. Cir. 2002), vacated and remanded, 538 U.S.   918 (2003), reaffirmed on remand, 351 F.3d 43 (2d Cir. 2003);Board of Educ. of Town of Ridgefield v. Freedom of Info. Comm'n., 217  Conn. 153 (1991);Gaudio v. Griffin Health Services Corp., 249 Conn. 523 (1999)(Amicus on behalf of Connecticut Business and Industry Assoc.);Cweklinsky v. Mobil Chemical Co., 267 Conn. 210 (2004);Pucci v. American-Republican, Inc., No. 118491, 1994 WL 235316    (Conn. Super. July 26, 1991);American Ref-Fuel Co. of South-Eastern Connecticut v. United Ass'n    of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 305, No. 518001, 1991 WL 146626 (Conn. Super. July 26, 1991);Laputz v. City of Bridgeport, No. CV 88 0247481S, 1990 WL 283159 (Conn. Super. Oct. 31, 1990);City of Bridgeport v. National Association of Government Employees,    N.A.G.E.,  Local RI-200, No. 94-0311951, 1994 WL 411108 (Conn. Super. Aug. 1, 1994);Goldman, et al v. Rockrimmon Country Club, Inc., No. CV 92 0123676,  1995 WL 317067 (Conn. Super. May 17, 1995);Sakon v. Avon Family Medical Group and Avon Little League, Conn.  Super. CV-94-0464569 S;Lamneck v. Total American, Inc., Conn. Super, CV-91-  0120201 S;Eckert v. Clarence E. Jennings, Jr. et al., Conn. Super. CV-88-  0250410 S;Domek v. Emery Air Freight Corporation, D. Conn., B-88-297 Howell v. Town of Fairfield, et al., 123 F.R.D. 429 (D. Conn. 1988);Fermont v. Teamsters Local 1040, N.L.R.B. Case No. 39-CA-139;Le Claire v. Johnson & Johnson, Conn. Super. CV-87-0039016 S;Wolfe v. Phillips Medical Systems of N.A. & N.A. Phillips Corporation,   D. Conn., B-90-534;The Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc. and Local No. 74, Int'l  Alliance of The Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of The United States and Canada, AFL-CIO, 312   NLRB 950 (1993);New England Health Care Employees v. St. Mary's Hospital, NLRB  Case No. 34-CA-6217;Local 998, Intern. Ass'n of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO v. Town of   Stratford, No. CV-92-029 58 11, 1992 WL 174751 (Conn. Super.   July 17, 1992);Baum v. United Cable Television Corp. of Eastern Connecticut, No. CV-   90-0044673 S, 1990 WL 283707 (Conn. Super. Sept. 27, 1990);Jackson v. Willamette Industries, Inc., W.D. La., No. 86-1264;Harris v. The Saugatuck Group, Inc., D. Conn., No. B-90-039;Fagan v. Stamford Hosp., No. CV 960149908S, 1996 WL 168077 (Conn. Super. March 28, 1996);Corral v. Norwalk Hospital, D. Conn. No. 3:95 CV-00209;Joo v. Capitol Switch, Inc., No. 30 09 20, 1993 WL 28902 (Conn. Super. Jan 29, 1993);Curcio v. Metropolitan Property and Cas., No. CV 30 58 41 (adjudicated as Attorney referee);Lewis v. Willamette Industries, Inc., 537 So.2d 780 (La. App. 2d  Cir. 1989);Gil v. Metal Services Corp., 412 So.2d 706 (La. App., 4th  Cir. 1982);Bennett v. Carroon and Black Corp., 517 So. 2d 1245 (La. App., 4th Cir. 1987); 

Educational Background:

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A. 1975

Industry Groups

  • Educational Institutions
  • Food Service
  • General Service
  • Health Care
  • Individuals
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Retail
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Office Location for Robert B. Mitchell

80 Ferry Blvd
Suite 216
Stratford, CT 06615

Phone: 203-873-0240

Fax: 203-873-0235

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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