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Robert M Fortgang

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Whenever I am asked to speak in public I enjoy sharing with my audience that I do not write wills or do house closings ...but if they have employment issues relating to "hiring" "firing" or "managing-in-between" message will likely hit home. I firmly believe that neither employers nor employees have an absolute lock on stupidity ...and given the right (or wrong) set of circumstances, either side will often launch otherwise avoidable disputes into outer space. In all of this ...We Can Help


The Robert Fortgang Associates Difference.     Employment disputes tend to be volatile and complex.  Whether you are an employer or an employee you need legal counsel who can handle difficult and sensitive issues with speed, skill and confidence.  At Robert Fortgang Associates, we practice exclusively in the labor and employment field. We know the players, we know the rules, and we have the necessary practical experience to support our understanding of the law. We're experienced in handling both your stress and your issues; we roll up our sleeves and get at it. Members of the firm appear regularly before human rights commissions, state labor departments, arbitration boards, and a myriad of other administrative agencies. We have extensive experience litigating in State and Federal Courts throughout the New England States.


Creative, Practical Advice.     Knowing the law is the easy part of our job. The more difficult aspect is applying the legal principles in creative and practical ways, to achieve our clients' short and long-term objectives. We take pride in our ability to meet this challenge. Before we give an opinion, make a recommendation, or advance an argument on your behalf, the legal and practical implications are always considered.


We encourage settlement or alternative dispute resolution where that is the best course of action. If the only areas of compromise are excessive or unsuitable, we tell you so. The result is that you are put in the position of making an informed and pragmatic decision.


We are used to dealing with sophisticated problems on short notice. Whether you need an employment contract drafted, a severance package prepared, or a cease and desist order to protect your business assets, we respond promptly, skillfully and with confidence.


Proactive Solutions.     We encourage clients to seek our advice before problems arise. Employers can often avoid acrimonious and costly disputes through careful preparation and planning. By helping you take a proactive, preventative approach to labor and employment issues, we can save you time, money and aggravation.

Our lawyers are committed to providing individual, personalized service. We take the time to get to know you and to learn about your business. Once we understand your problem, we tell you in plain English about the legal framework, your options, and our recommendations.


We are easily accessible in person, by e-mail or by telephone. Voice mail messages are returned promptly.  Because employment problems don't always arise during business hours, we make our home and cellular numbers available to clients who expect to have difficulties in the evening or on weekends. 

We Can Help.


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Practice areas


  1. Arbitration: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Discrimination: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Employment: 20%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. Rob has extensive experience in employment controversies and diligently stays on top of this rapidly changing legal specialty. I have been adverse to Rob's client and have sat as an arbiter in a case he presented. In both instances, he was thorough, well prepared and creative in his approaches to the situations. He always presents his clients in a logical, forthright manner, and therefore avoids the confusion and entanglements displayed by lessfocused lawyers. I recommend Rob highly as an intelligent and resourceful problem-solver. Charles D. Houlihan, Jr.


    Charles Houlihan Litigation Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer's work. For over 35 years I have made referrals to Rob on matters of his expertise. He is one of the finest attorneys I have ever met, very intelligent and perceptive. I had the pleasure of watching him in action, when we shared offices and in the courtroom. Matters beyond my practice were always referred to Rob and he never let me down. As counsel for a small business association, I had many inquiries that needed follow-up by an outside attorney. Rob was always available to help these folks.


    Leon Lemaire
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Robert Fortgang Associates, LLC

Employment Law Attorneys
573 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT, 06070-2462

Robert Fortgang Associates, LLC

339 Main St / PO Box 912
Webster, MA, 01570



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Clients' Choice 2012Avvo2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Vice President and Counsel, Human ResourcesConnecticut Small Business Federation1984 - Present
Counsel, Human ResourcesConnecticut Human Resource Reports1984 - Present
AttorneyRobert Fortgang Associates1984 - Present
Director of Industrial Relations and Small Business ServicesConnecticut Business & Industry Association1982 - 1984
Assistant Director of Human ResourcesThe Hartford Courant1980 - 1982
Personnel ManagerGerber Scientific Instrument Company1978 - 1980
Compensation AnalystAetna Life & Casualty1976 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitAdmitted as an Attorney2008 - Present
Connecticut Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Simsbury Chamber of CommerceMember1997 - Present
Connecticut Small Business FederationEmployment Law Counsel1984 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law SectionMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Daniel Santos v Brooks Pharmacy d/b/a Maxi Drug, Inc. and Jean Coutu Group PJC USA, INC.Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment was granted
Karen Smigel v State of Connecticut Insurance DepartmentThe matter was settled prior to trial.
David Donovan v. Anderson MerchandisersThe matter was amicably settled prior to trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Connecticut Human Resource Reports, LLCLegal Counsel and contributor of employment related forms and articles, including the At-Will Hiring Package1999
Personnelly Speaking©Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Small Business Federation1998
Employee Manual Maker©Chief legal consultant and Senior contributing author1994
Connecticut Heating & Cooling Contractors Human Resource PublicationHow To Develop an Employee Handbook1993
Personnelly Speaking©Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors1990
Personnelly Speaking©Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Society of Association Executives1989
Personnelly Speaking©Negligent Hiring ...Choose With Care1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Bridgeport School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Adelphi UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Issues UpdateHiring, Firing & Managing In-Between2011
Windsor Chamber of CommerceThe Employment Law Answer Man2010
Simsbury Public LibraryHelp! I think my job is in jeopardy.2009
Granby Public LibraryEmployment Law Answer Man2009
Avon Public LibraryHiring, Firing & Managing In-between2009
Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational ConferenceContemporary Legal Issues Affecting Employment1998
Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational ConferenceAn Examination of Some Critical Legal Issues Affecting Connecticut Employers1997
Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational ConferencePreventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace & Hiring, Firing & Managing-in-between1997
New England Wholesalers ConventionHow To Avoid Employee Lawsuits1993
1992 International Remodeling Contractors AssociationStrategies To Stay One Step Ahead1992
West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Seminar SeriesWage & Hour Laws and Labor Practices1991
CSCPS's Industry, Government and Education ConferenceLegal Issues Affecting Employment1991
CECA - Management SeminarFederal & State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws1990
A Personnel Compliance SeminarHow to Meet Your Legal Obligations1990