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Michael C. Harrington

One Financial Plaza
755 Main Street
Suite 2000
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Phone:  860.656.1939
Fax:  860.656.1981

Biography

Mike assists public and private sector employers with all aspects of employment relationships and is resident in LeClairRyan's Hartford, Connecticut office.

Mike’s clients include employers in the retail, healthcare, energy, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to appearing in state and federal courts, he regularly represents clients before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Connecticut Employment Security Division, the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, the state and federal Departments of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Labor Board, the Freedom of Information Commission, and OSHA/ConnOSHA.

Mike represents employers in grievance and interest arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and before arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Mike also defends employers in unfair labor practice/prohibitive practice charges. He has argued numerous cases before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Mike regularly provides training to clients and professional groups on a variety of employment-related topics, including sexual harassment prevention training, and is on the MCAD's list of certified trainers.

Mike has also represented political parties and candidates in various election matters.

Representative Experience

Connecticut Supreme Court

  • Harrington v. Freedom of Information, 323 Conn. 1 (2016), successfully represented client in establishing standard for withholding documents from disclosure under Freedom of Information Act due to attorney-client privilege
  • Tomick v. United Parcel Service, 324 Conn. 470 (2016), successfully represented employer in establishing that punitive damages were not available under Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act
  • Ziotas v. Reardon, 296 Conn. 579 (2010), successfully represented employer in arguing that a bonus is not considered a "wage" thereby avoiding double damages

Connecticut Appellate Court

  • Tomick v. United Parcel Service, 157 Conn. App. 312 (2015), successfully established that punitive damages are not available under Connecticut's Fair Employment Practices Act
  • Tomick v. United Parcel Service, 135 Conn. App. 589 (2012)
  • Byrd v. Bechtel/Fusco, 90 Conn. App. 641 (2005), successfully established that Workers' Compensation Commission did not have jurisdiction over managed care plan

Court of Appeals for Second Circuit

  • Patton v. Democrat Town Committee of Willington, 253 Fed. Appx. 129 (2007), successfully represented town against emergency injunction by third-party candidate
  • New England Health Care Employees Union v. N.L.R.B., 448 F.3d 189 (2006), represented employer in post-strike litigation involving replacement workers

Trial Courts

  • Reyes v. St. Joseph's Living Center, Inc., 2017 WL 902852 (2017), successfully obtained summary judgment for employer
  • Izzo v. Genesco, 171 F.Supp.3d 1 (D. Mass. 2016), summary judgment partially granted for employer
  • McKibben v. Odd Fellow Health, Inc., 2014 WL 3701022 (D.Conn. 2014), federal counts dismissed
  • Hughes v. Chauffeurs, Teamsters Warehousemen and Helpers Local No. 443, 2010 WL 1463140 (D.Conn. 2010), successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer
  • Henderson v. United Parcel Service, 2007 WL 906151 (2007), summary judgment obtained on behalf of employer
  • Almeida v. Athena Health Care Associates, Inc., 2007 WL 2221164 (2007), motion to dismiss granted on behalf of employer
  • Hoydic v. Genesco, Inc., 2007 WL 987541 (D. Conn. 2007), summary judgment granted on federal counts
  • Williams v. Comcast, 322 F.Supp.2d 177 (D. Conn. 2004), summary judgment obtained on behalf of employer
  • Access4All, Inc v. Delancey Clinton Associates, L.P., 2007 WL 118940 (D. Mass. 2007), represented hotel operator against various ADA claims
  • Williams v. H.N.S. Management Co., Inc., 56 F.Supp.2d 215 (D. Conn. 1999), summary judgment obtained on behalf of employer

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Hartford, Connecticut, 2018  present
  • Murtha Cullina, Hartford, Connecticut, 1996 2018
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Robert I. Berdon, Connecticut Supreme Court, 1995 1996

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Connecticut Public Employers Labor Relations Association, General Counsel
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Developing Labor Law Committee

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2019
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award, Hartford County Bar Association
  • Impact Award, The Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2018 for Hartford Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Recognized by Law & Politics magazine as a Connecticut "Super Lawyer" in Employment and Labor, 2018. For more information on the selection process, click here.

Related Industries

Education

  • B.Comm., McGill University, 1991, Great Distinction
  • J.D., Syracuse University, 1995, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • Connecticut, 1995