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Stephen John Fitzgerald

Employment and labor Attorney at New Haven, CT

4.5   4 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 35 years
    Connecticut - CT 35 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

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Steve Fitzgerald represents individuals in employment and personal injury matters in Connecticut’s state and federal courts.  He also represents railroad workers in courts throughout the country.  Steve has won several multi-million dollar jury verdicts for his clients. His peers have ranked him as a Connecticut Super Lawyer since 2011, as the Super Lawyer Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2012, and he has been named Best Lawyer of the Year for Labor & Employment Litigation in the New Haven area by Best Lawyers in America in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Steve’s employment practice involves the representation of a wide range of workers including physicians, executives, sales staff, academics, financial services and others.  He has handled countless litigations and negotiations involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract and retaliation.  He has enjoyed significant success on behalf of physicians, scientists and others who have been retaliated against for blowing the whistle on employers engaged in unsafe practices.  A significant portion of his practice is representing railroad workers who have been injured on the job or retaliated against. He has achieved courtroom victories and several favorable settlements on behalf of railroad workers who have been retaliated against and disciplined for speaking out about safety issues in violation of the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA). Steve also handles personal injury claims from passengers involved in train accidents.

Steve is an accomplished trial advocate, having served as lead counsel on over 40 jury trials. Before joining Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 2001, he served for over ten years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he rose to the rank of Supervising Attorney. Steve has also taught Trial Practice at both Fordham Law School and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Steve prides himself on the personal attention he gives to each one of his clients, including those who have been injured.

Steve is admitted to practice in the state courts of Connecticut and New York, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the New Haven County Bar Association, and the New Haven Inn of Court, and has published in the Connecticut Law Tribune. He graduated from Boston College and Fordham University School of Law.

An active participant in his community, Steve chairs the North Haven Open Space Committee for the preservation of public property, sits on the board of the North Haven Trail Committee, and has coached each of his three daughters’ softball teams. He was born and raised in Stamford, CT.

 

Location

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, PC
405 Orange Street
New Haven, CT, 06511

Reviews

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Posted by Ina | January 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend
I was lucky to have found this firm. Steve guided me through the very difficult process with ease and determination. I relied on his expertise and I always felt like he had my best interest. He was very responsive and always kept me updated. Would strongly recommend Steve for any of your cases. Thank you for making my life easier and navigating through all this with me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2013
Very Strongly Recommend
Attorney Fitzgerald was wonderful all around, one of the best choices I've made in a long time. I had a horrible problem at work with my former employer. I called Mr. Fitzgerald to help me because one of my close friends told me of his work. When I called I was greatly surprised of how confident and calm he sounded. He was also very kind and one of the most SELFLESS person that I've met in a very long time. Thanks to Attorney Fitzgerald all my problems at work were fixed and I went back to living my life. But with out the help of this amazing man I believe, no I am sure that the results of my problem would have been completely different for the worse. Let me take this moment the thank Mr. Fitzgerald for all the hard work he has done for me. I whole heartedlty recommend him to anyone who needs an employment lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2013
Best in the business
Attorney Fitzgerald is the best combination of a wise advisor and a strong advocate. I highly recommend him if you have problems at work
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Meh
Was hard to get a hold of for initial consultation, which needed to be done under a timeline. Once I got the initial consultation the advice seemed reasonable. However, since he wasn't inclined to take my case, even when I said I would pay for his time to help me further with negotiation he simply stopped responding. His firm was recommended to me by a trusted friend so I was biased to go with this firm. I wish I had pursued other attorneys once I found it difficult to get initial consultation. In short, the legal advice was likely very good. And I was happy with how much time and effort I got for the initial consultation fee. I wish I didn't end it feeling like a credit card number and a nuisance once it was decided my case wasn't worth the time. I cannot stress this enough, I would've liked to pay further for the time. Instead, I got a statement along the lines of "...you should try to use this and the other facts to improve upon what they offered you." In other words, figure out the rest yourself.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Supervising Assistant District Attorney
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • 1988 - 1998

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McClain v. Pfizer
  • The jury awarded damages totaling nearly $2 million. The case received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times. The Second Circuit affirmed the verdict on appeal.
  • Nelson v. Tradewind Aviation
  • The jury took only two hours to award Mr. Nelson $307,000 in damages.
  • Nano v. Competitive Technologies
  • Secured a $775,000 arbitration award for the former CEO of a medical technology company on his breach of contract claim.

Associations

  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Haven Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Lawdragon 500 Plantiffs Employment Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year - Labor & Employment Litigation (New Haven)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year - Employment, Individuals
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year - Employment
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Trial Themes and Strategies
  • 2012
  • Annual Convention
  • Charting the Future of Employee Rights Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Annual Convention
  • Opening Statements
  • 2009

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New Haven Employment and labor Lawyer Stephen John Fitzgerald
Stephen John Fitzgerald
Employment and labor Attorney
New Haven, CT
Licensed for 35 years