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Irene E Bassock

Employment and labor Attorney at West Hartford, CT

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Irene Magish


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About Irene

Learn Irene’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    I provide legal counsel to professionals on matters affecting their employment, including separations, wrongful terminations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing.

    28 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    I review all types of employment agreements for my clients, such as those for separations (severance) and those restricting certain activities (non-competes, non-solicitations, non-disclosure).

  3. Discrimination
    10%
    If you have been treated differently because of your protected status, then you may have a claim against your employer for illegal discrimination.

  4. Sexual harassment
    10%
    I counsel clients who have experienced unwanted sexual advances or who are working in a hostile work environment.

  5. Wrongful termination
    10%
    I help clients who have been terminated because of their protected class or their complaints about misconduct or illegal activity in the workplace.

    28 years

What makes Empower Legal Group unique?

  • Extensive experience representing and understanding "the other side" (employers) - their mindset, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities
  • Honest, pragmatic, and realistic approach to driving optimal results
  • Client relationships of transparency, trust, empathy and advocacy
  • Network of resources to support clients during their transition from one employer to the next

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Licensed for 27 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2020
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/27/2022
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Irene

Empower Legal Group LLC
71 Raymond Road
West Hartford, CT, 06107

Reviews

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Posted by Byron | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight Shooter
If you ever need someone trustworthy, honest, and gets at it! She can be found here, and her name is Irene Bassock
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-notch Attorney!
I hired Atty. Bassock for an employment discrimination case. She was extremely competent, organized, calm and very communicative. She really helped me understand the process with CHRO and my other options. She involved me every step of the way. Atty. Bassock was very direct, assertive and strategic in her approach for handling my case. I felt completely supported. The case outcome was better than I expected. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by Eileen | July 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Executive Director/CEO
Attorney Irene E. Bassock responded to my request for her legal expertise with expediency, professionalism, empathy, and detailed information. Attorney Bassock relieved my concerns promptly and comprehensively so I could move forward with confidence regarding my issues.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Irene Bassock is a knowledgalbe and extremely comptetent employment lawyer
Irene has been on both sides of employment law; she has knowledge and experience working on behalf of large corporations negotiating and protecting their rights when it comes to employment law but also has the valuable experience of helping the individual who finds themselves wrongfully terminated by that large corporation. It is extremely fortunate and rare to find a lawyer who understands both sides of employment law - for the powerful and for the not so powerful. Irene Bassock is the lawyer you want on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super helpful, highly recommend
Irene was so helpful in assisting me with reviewing my contract after I had been laid off. She was able to provide guidance, support and suggestions for going forward. She is extremely easy to talk to and non judgmental. Working with Irene definitely put my mind at ease regarding my work situation and I am very glad I chose to work with her.
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Posted by Natasha | November 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Real, authentic and kind legal guidance
I consulted Irene on a sensitive issue at work, which I was very nervous about. I knew that not taking any action was not an option. Irene was able to listen to my concerns, address them carefully and provide me with a suggestion that didn't require immediate or imminent litigation. Instead, Irene recommended a measured approach to help address the issue head-on. As a result, on my own, I was prepared to cover facts and remove emotions and opinions from the consequent conversation with my manager. Thankfully my issue was resolved and I am grateful that Irene gave me the courage to speak up early on. I highly recommend Irene for her authentic, kind and generous personality. She is someone who will have your interest in mind and is reliable, extremely knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by Ron | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific. Smart. Caring. FAST. Good service!
Irene did an EXCELLENT job! I really needed time-sensitive help with a legal agreement, and Irene came through big time!! She responded to me very promptly and then reviewed the legal agreement (complete with red-lined comments) and got back to me with detailed feedback VERY quickly! I really appreciated that! She was also super nice and caring, had a sharp, incisive mind, answered all of my questions, and was very reasonably priced. I strongly, strongly recommend!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended, amazing employment lawyer
Irene helped me with a termination after 22 years of employment. She knows the law and how to approach every situation. More than that she has a way to help put your mind at ease, is reachable and respond right away. This has been one of the worst times for me and she was a huge part of helping me through it. I can’t thank her enough for her compassion and guidance.
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Posted by Kate | September 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Employee Handbook Guidance
Irene consulted with my organization the CT Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) to update our employee handbook. Irene provided thorough and thoughtful feedback to our handbook that improved this document from an employment law and HR perspective. We were grateful for her support and insight!
Posted by David | September 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incomparable Counsel
I've consulted and worked directly with Irene for over 8 years. She is an incredible advocate and a tenacious representative. The breadth and depth of Irene's competency, coupled with her experience at major firms and corporations, results in clear, concise, and complete legal service. Irene is trusted and highly respected among colleagues and clients. She is incomparable.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Territory Manager
I used Mrs. Bassock’s legal services during a very toxic and volatile time at my former company. I was a 2X presidents club winner in a fortune 500 device company and held a very high sales position. I had several problems with both my EA & non-compete and had several issues with commissions being withheld from me. (Including during a pregnancy) Mrs. Bassock is not only EXCELLENT at weeding through the nonsense and figuring out a strategy, but straight to the point, decisive, knows the law inside and out and will NEVER waste your time. She is most definitely an advocate for doing what is right and not letting employers take advantage. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND her and would seek her out if I needed legal services in the future. Jk
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-39%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • AVP, Assistant Managing General Counsel
  • Hartford Financial Insurance Company, Inc.
  • 2002 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Updike, Kelly & Spellacy
  • 1999 - 2002

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Gettysburg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Worldcrisa v. Armstrong, 129 F.3d 71 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Appeal granted

Associations

  • Women United
  • 2015 - Present
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • N/A
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Awards

  • Chairman's Award
  • Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Connecticut Privacy Forum
  • HR Issues Involving Handling and Protecting the Data of Your Own Employees
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Irene
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great Attorney. Very knowledgeable"
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitation referring clients who need advice from the employee side to Irene. Irene has immense experience in the field of employment law due to her long tenure practicing in this area at The Hartford. I have seen Irene's law firm grown and thrive since she founded it in 2019. I am very fortunate to call Irene a friend and a mentor."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Irene through our mutual association with the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association. I have found her to be highly intelligent, thoughtful, empathetic and a strong advocate. I would happily recommend her."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Irene and am thrilled that I have someone so knowledgeable, compassionate and engaged to refer my clients when they have been terminated or need assistance with any employment matter."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow plaintiff-side employment lawyer and former in-house colleague, I am delighted to endorse Irene with the highest confidence. She combines top legal acumen with a unique understanding of corporate structure, which she uses strategically to obtain outstanding results for her clients. As importantly, she is compassionate, honest and fair. Finally, Irene is truly an excellent counselor....when advising clients she focuses not only on the immediate legal issues, but on all ancillary circumstances in order to help each client make the best decisions."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an attorney who has worked along side Attorney Bassock in the past, I can tell you that she will impress you with her intelligence, work ethic and especially with the results she will obtain. She is well know for her ability to relate to clients and her never ending energy in representing her clients’ interests."
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West Hartford Employment and labor Lawyer Irene E Bassock
Irene E Bassock
Employment and labor Attorney
West Hartford, CT
Licensed for 27 years