Steve Fitzgerald represents individuals in employment, personal injury, and criminal defense matters in the state and federal courts. He has developed a particular expertise representing employees who have been subject to retaliation for exercising their First Amendment free speech rights, having won several multi-million dollar jury verdicts for his clients. His peers have ranked him as a Connecticut SuperLawyer since 2011 and as Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2012.
Steve is an accomplished trial advocate, having served as lead counsel on over 40 jury trials. Before joining the firm 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.
In addition to his numerous free speech cases, Steve has also represented employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of contract, defamation, and non-compete cases. His wide variety of clients has ranged from CEOs to janitors, police officers to physicians.
Steve’s personal injury practice includes medical malpractice, automobile accidents, and slip-and-fall cases. He prides himself on the personal attention he gives to each one of his clients, including those who have been injured.
In the criminal defense arena, Steve represents individuals accused of both white-collar and violent crime. He has represented clients subject to prosecution in both the state and federal courts,
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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Lawyer of the Year - Labor & Employment Litigation (New Haven)||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Lawyer of the Year - Employment, Individuals||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Lawyer of the Year - Employment||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Partner||Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, PC||2001 - Present|
|Supervising Assistant District Attorney||Manhattan District Attorney's Office||1988 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|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.|
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|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD||1988|
|Boston College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|Employment Law Seminar||Trial Themes and Strategies||2012|
|Annual Convention||Charting the Future of Employee Rights Advocacy||2011|
|Annual Convention||Opening Statements||2009|