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 Mr. Gesmonde has experience representing individual employees, including superintendents of schools, more than 100 school administrator associations, and other public sector unions, including police, fire, secretarial, paraprofessional, nurse, custodial, and town hall employee units in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, termination matters, and unfair labor practice complaints. He has extensive experience appearing and arguing before local boards and commissions, in the Connecticut Superior Courts, and in both the Appellate and Supreme Courts on labor and education issues as well as land use issues, including eminent domain, affordable housing, zoning, and inland wetlands matters. Since his appointment in 1983, Mr. Gesmonde has served on the State Department of Education Arbitration Panel as a labor sector advocate arbitrator.


Mr. Gesmonde received his B.A. degree from Columbia in 1967. In 1973, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut, School of Law where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in contracts. Mr. Gesmonde was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1973 and is admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (1975), the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1975), and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (1977).


He is a frequent guest lecturer for teacher, administrator, superintendent, and assistant superintendent organizations and is a contributor to the Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA) newsletter. Mr. Gesmonde is a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut bar associations, the Connecticut Employment Lawyers’ Association, the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, and the American Arbitration Association.

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Licensed

  1. Employment: 50%
    43 years
  2. State & Local Law: 25%
    43 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 15%
    43 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    43 years

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Fees:

Hourly ($150-400/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, LLC

3127 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06518-2344

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CTActive197307/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Special Civil Rights AwardWest Haven Black Coalition2016
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2011
U.S., Super LawyersConnecticut Magazine2010
Top Attorneys in Employment and LaborConnecticut Magazine2010
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2009
Top Attorneys in Employment and LaborConnecticut Magazine2009
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2009
U.S. Super LawyersConnecticut Magazine2009
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerConnecticut Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGESMONDE, PIETROSIMONE & SGRIGNARI, LLC1985 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA)Contributor1994 - Present
State Department of Education Arbitration PanelArbiter1983 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMemberN/A
New Haven County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Connecticut Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Connecticut Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Town of North BranfordTown Attorney2009 - 2015
Town of North BranfordTown Attorney1985 - 2007
North Branford Town CouncilCouncilman1977 - 1981
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationSnide Musings on Illusions, Arbitrations and, by Insinuation, Negotiations2014
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationFrom Muckety-Mucks to Sitting Ducks2013
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationPryor and Vallas Add New Meaning to ‘Turnaround’ and ‘Education Achievement Gap’2013
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationAbuse of Teachers and Administrators In the Name of Protecting Children – the Impolite Truth2012
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe Enemy Within2012
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationHoodwinked, or the Art of Being Artless2012
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationJust How Personal Are Personnel Files Anyway?2012
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationCriticizing School Administrators at Board of Education Meetings Not Without Limitations2011
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationTo Incorporate or Not to Incorporate, There Really Is No Question2011
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationUnions Not Getting Up From Political Knockout Blow2011
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationHow to Beat Bad Evaluations2010
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationStates Mesmerized by Feds’ Money,‘Moonwalking’ in Advancing Backward School Reforms2010
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe Negation of the Teacher Negotiations Act . . . Or, Is Negotiability on the Verge of Negligibility?2010
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationIncentivize This2009
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication’Sexting’ – Felony or Flirting Phenomenons2009
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationTinkering With Internet-Related School Speech: The Conflict Between Public School Administration and the First Amendment2009
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationChange the Teacher Tenure (Dismissal) Act Now2009
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe Economy – An Update2009
Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationWhen It Comes to Bullying-Connecticut’s Anti-Bullying Statute §10-222d CGS2008
National Association of Secondary School Principals, (Vol. 6, No. 1)When the Writing is On the Wall2005
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe First Principles of Effective Grievance Procedure Utilization2003
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationEvaluation of Administrators – What You Need to Know as an Administrator to Avoid Professional Catastrophe2003
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationFired Educator Claims Due-Process Violated - Assistant principal who lost job over student search takes case to state’s Supreme Court2000
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationCollective Bargaining in Connecticut – It May Be the Only Remedy for What Bugs You1999
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationSchool Administrators – On the Endangered Species List?1998
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationSo, You are In Negotiations. Are You Prepared? – A Labor Attorney’s View from the Table1998
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationContract Benefits – Going, Going1997
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationIssues and Trends – Wages, Benefits and the Economy1997
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe Evaluation Law and Teacher Dismissals1995
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationHow to Manage with Managed Care1995
Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare PublicationThe Freedom of Information Action: The Right to Know; A Review of Two Recent Connecticut Court Decisions Affecting School Administrative Unions1994
Connecticut Law Review; Associate EditorEmotional Neglect in Connecticut1972
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Columbia UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstitutePractical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law2009
National Association of Secondary School PrincipalsFirst Amendment Rights for Students and Principals2009
Litchfield County Superintendent SeminarEffective Leadership and Dealing with School Board Conflict2006
Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Hot Topics in Land Use Law and PracticeCampion v. Board of Aldermen of City of New Haven: are PDDs, Overlay Zones and Floating Zones Legal?2006
Connecticut Association of Boards of EducationWorkshop on “Collective Bargaining: Legal Issues and Binding Arbitration”2006
Berkshire League Principals“Q&A” Seminar - Collective Bargaining Strategies2006
Alabama Administrators’ Association – National Association of Secondary School Principals WorkshopAvoiding Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment2006
Legislative Program Review and Investigations CommitteeBinding Arbitration for Municipal and School Employees2005
Anchorage Principals AssociationWe are Never Deceived; We Deceive Ourselves2005
Connecticut Association of Boards of EducationCollective Bargaining: Efforts to Reform Binding Arbitration2003
Anchorage Principals AssociationGrievance Arbitration Procedure and Other Formal and Informal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms2002
Southern Connecticut State University, School Law InstituteEducational Leadership Course – Contemporary Issues in School Law2001
Southern Connecticut State University, School Law InstituteEducational Leadership Course – Collective Bargaining2000
Connecticut Bar Association, Public Sector Labor & EmploymentCollective Bargaining in Connecticut – It May Be the Only Remedy for What Bugs You1999
Education Connecticut – Assistant Superintendents ConferenceProtecting Your Rights: The Contractual Standing of Assistant Superintendents1998
Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Retirement SeminarContract Language1997
Middlesex Shoreline Superintendents’ AssociationWages, Benefits and the Economy – Trends and Outlook1996
Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools (CASS) Annual Fall ConferenceContract Writing and Negotiations1987
Collective Bargaining Mediation and ArbitrationSpeaker & Advisor for 30+ years at the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) Annual WorkshopN/A
Collective BargainingPresenter for 22+ years at the Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA) Annual WorkshopN/A