Nina Pirrotti represents individuals in employment litigation and negotiation. The president of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), she is well versed in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination (on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious creed, marital status, pregnancy, or national origin), sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, contract disputes (including those involving restrictive covenant agreements), FMLA and related leave of absence issues, unpaid wages, severance agreements, and whistleblower claims.
Nina also advocates on behalf of students and faculty. She has guided numerous students through their universities’ internal disciplinary procedures and has advised faculty members who have been targets of internal investigations. Nina has also litigated on behalf of students seeking to discharge their rights under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education.
In 2010, Nina was named by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its Women in the Law – High Achievers. She was honored as a Super Lawyer in 2013 .
Even before Nina decided to represent employees, students, and faculty, she had already devoted almost 15 years to civil rights and public service. At the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, she was appointed to the Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuting homicides, bank robberies, kidnappings, and pattern crimes. And as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Law Department for the City of New York, she received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement.
Nina is an experienced trial advocate, having served as lead counsel in approximately 25 jury trials and 50 bench trials. She taught Trial Advocacy at the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York City Law Department, and trial practice at Quinnipiac Law School as an adjunct professor.
In addition to her duties as president of CELA, Nina is also the Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Affiliate Relations Committee, as well as its Second Circuit representative. She has also served as a Track Coordinator for the American Bar Association’s 6th and 7th Annual Section Conferences and is a liaison for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Diversity in the Legal Profession committee. She routinely lectures nationally on employment related topics.
Nina received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Theater. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Feminism and participated in the Barrister’s Union, a competitive mock trial organization. Nina began her legal career as an associate at commercial litigation firms and devoted significant time to pro bono matters, including employment discrimination and First Amendment/whistleblower cases.
Licensed since 1992
Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 25 Connecticut Woman Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 50 New England Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Women in the Law -- High Achievers||Connecticut Law Tribune||2010|
|Partner||Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti PC||2007 - Present|
|Partner & Associate||Casper & de Toledo||2005 - 2007|
|Assistant District Attorney||Queens County District Attorney||2000 - 2005|
|Senior Trial Counsel||New York City Law Department, Office Of The Corporation Counsel||1998 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Co-chair, Affiliate Relations||2009 - Present|
|Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association||President||2007 - Present|
|Connecticut Law Tribune||Retaliation After Employment Ends: The Former Employer’s “Parting Shot”||2013|
|Connecticut Law Tribune||Strategic Considerations for Workplace Investigations||2012|
|Yale Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Wesleyan University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|