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John M Gesmonde

Employment and labor Attorney at Hamden, CT

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    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.

    49 years

  2. State, local, and municipal law
    25%
    Attorney Gesmonde served as Town Attorney for North Branford from 1985 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2015.

    49 years

  3. Land use and zoning
    15%
    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.

    49 years

  4. Criminal defense
    10%

    49 years

John M. Gesmonde practices in the areas of labor, education, and employment law as well as municipal law and select land use issues. He has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association from 2014 through 2020 and from 2007 through 2019, New England Magazine named him a Super Lawyer. http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html

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.

Attorney Gesmonde served as Town Attorney for North Branford from 1985 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2015.

Miscellaneous Information:

Associate Editor, Connecticut Law Review, 1972-1973
Author: 'Emotional Neglect in Connecticut,' 5 Connecticut Law Review, p. 100, 1972
Member, North Branford Town Council, 1977-1981
Town Attorney for the Town of North Branford, 1985-2007, and 2009 to 2015
Designated: Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2007 through 2019; New England Super Lawyer, 2007 through 2019, Connecticut Magazine; Top Attorneys in Employment and Labor in U.S., Super Lawyers 2009 & 2010
National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2020

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Licensed for 49 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1973
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, LLC
3127 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06518-2344
Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, LLC - East Haven Office
42 Thompson Street - Suite 1C
By Appointment Only
East Haven, CT, 06513
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-450 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • GESMONDE, PIETROSIMONE & SGRIGNARI, LLC
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967

Associations

  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA)
  • Contributor
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Department of Education Arbitration Panel
  • Arbiter
  • 1983 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Town of North Branford
  • Town Attorney
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Town of North Branford
  • Town Attorney
  • 1985 - 2007
  • North Branford Town Council
  • Councilman
  • 1977 - 1981
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Special Civil Rights Award
  • West Haven Black Coalition
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Attorneys in Employment and Labor
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2010
  • U.S., Super Lawyers
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Attorneys in Employment and Labor
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2009
  • U.S. Super Lawyers
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The Enemy Within
  • 2012
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Criticizing School Administrators at Board of Education Meetings Not Without Limitations
  • 2011
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate, There Really Is No Question
  • 2011
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Unions Not Getting Up From Political Knockout Blow
  • 2011
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • How to Beat Bad Evaluations
  • 2010
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • States Mesmerized by Feds’ Money,‘Moonwalking’ in Advancing Backward School Reforms
  • 2010
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The 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 Publication
  • Incentivize This
  • 2009
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • ’Sexting’ – Felony or Flirting Phenomenons
  • 2009
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Tinkering With Internet-Related School Speech: The Conflict Between Public School Administration and the First Amendment
  • 2009
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Change the Teacher Tenure (Dismissal) Act Now
  • 2009
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The Economy – An Update
  • 2009
  • Counselor’s Corner: Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • When It Comes to Bullying-Connecticut’s Anti-Bullying Statute §10-222d CGS
  • 2008
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals, (Vol. 6, No. 1)
  • When the Writing is On the Wall
  • 2005
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The First Principles of Effective Grievance Procedure Utilization
  • 2003
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Evaluation of Administrators – What You Need to Know as an Administrator to Avoid Professional Catastrophe
  • 2003
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Fired Educator Claims Due-Process Violated - Assistant principal who lost job over student search takes case to state’s Supreme Court
  • 2000
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Collective Bargaining in Connecticut – It May Be the Only Remedy for What Bugs You
  • 1999
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • School Administrators – On the Endangered Species List?
  • 1998
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • So, You are In Negotiations. Are You Prepared? – A Labor Attorney’s View from the Table
  • 1998
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Contract Benefits – Going, Going
  • 1997
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • Issues and Trends – Wages, Benefits and the Economy
  • 1997
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The Evaluation Law and Teacher Dismissals
  • 1995
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • How to Manage with Managed Care
  • 1995
  • Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Status & Welfare Publication
  • The Freedom of Information Action: The Right to Know; A Review of Two Recent Connecticut Court Decisions Affecting School Administrative Unions
  • 1994
  • Connecticut Law Review; Associate Editor
  • Emotional Neglect in Connecticut
  • 1972
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute
  • Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law
  • 2009
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • First Amendment Rights for Students and Principals
  • 2009
  • Litchfield County Superintendent Seminar
  • Effective Leadership and Dealing with School Board Conflict
  • 2006
  • Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice
  • Campion v. Board of Aldermen of City of New Haven: are PDDs, Overlay Zones and Floating Zones Legal?
  • 2006
  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
  • Workshop on “Collective Bargaining: Legal Issues and Binding Arbitration”
  • 2006
  • Berkshire League Principals
  • “Q&A” Seminar - Collective Bargaining Strategies
  • 2006
  • Alabama Administrators’ Association – National Association of Secondary School Principals Workshop
  • Avoiding Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment
  • 2006
  • Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee
  • Binding Arbitration for Municipal and School Employees
  • 2005
  • Anchorage Principals Association
  • We are Never Deceived; We Deceive Ourselves
  • 2005
  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
  • Collective Bargaining: Efforts to Reform Binding Arbitration
  • 2003
  • Anchorage Principals Association
  • Grievance Arbitration Procedure and Other Formal and Informal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
  • 2002
  • Southern Connecticut State University, School Law Institute
  • Educational Leadership Course – Contemporary Issues in School Law
  • 2001
  • Southern Connecticut State University, School Law Institute
  • Educational Leadership Course – Collective Bargaining
  • 2000
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Public Sector Labor & Employment
  • Collective Bargaining in Connecticut – It May Be the Only Remedy for What Bugs You
  • 1999
  • Education Connecticut – Assistant Superintendents Conference
  • Protecting Your Rights: The Contractual Standing of Assistant Superintendents
  • 1998
  • Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Retirement Seminar
  • Contract Language
  • 1997
  • Middlesex Shoreline Superintendents’ Association
  • Wages, Benefits and the Economy – Trends and Outlook
  • 1996
  • Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools (CASS) Annual Fall Conference
  • Contract Writing and Negotiations
  • 1987
  • Collective Bargaining Mediation and Arbitration
  • Speaker & Advisor for 30+ years at the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) Annual Workshop
  • N/A
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Presenter for 22+ years at the Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA) Annual Workshop
  • N/A
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Hamden Employment and labor Lawyer John M Gesmonde
John M Gesmonde
Employment and labor Attorney
Hamden, CT
Licensed for 49 years