Since 2005, Tanya Bovée has worked as a full-time attorney and litigator, dedicating her time to a number of firm and board-based law associations. Currently working at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut, Bovée primarily focuses her time on the practice area of employment law, garnering over 17 years of legal experience. Recently receiving an Executive Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, Bovée is also as an active member and former president of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Listed with Best Lawyers since 2016, Bovée is currently being recognized as the 2022 Hartford “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Management.

When we talked with Bovée about her recognition, she stated: “I am so honored to receive such high ratings from my peers, particularly as Connecticut has so many talented attorneys. I’ve been helping employers with a myriad of employment law issues for 17 years and am a former plaintiff’s employment attorney, so I have a unique perspective on the issues our clients are confronting. I advise large and small employers on best practices and compliance with the numerous employment laws; complex employment issues like internal complaints and difficult terminations; and diversity, equality and inclusion strategic planning. I’m a litigator, and I also regularly train employers on topics like equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment and DEI, have a busy national affirmative action practice which includes audit defense and plan preparation and conduct investigations.”

In addition to representing her clients in a plethora of employment-based disputes, Bovée was recently named managing partner of Jackson Lewis’ Hartford branch as well as being elected to the firm’s Board of Directors in 2021.

“Currently, my strategic focus is diversity, equality and inclusion and our insurance carrier relationships. I’m always challenged and never bored! I truly enjoy partnering with employers to help them make what are often very difficult decisions and, in some instances, helping to shape their culture. Employment law matters come with an incredible amount of variety; every day is different. Plus, the facts are always so interesting and the fact is that employment laws are constantly evolving and changing. There are constantly new laws that are being issued,” Bovée explained.

“For national employers, it is challenging to comply with the patchwork of federal, state and local laws.  And changes in administrations typically means changes in laws (e.g., executive orders) and policies. Along with all of these new laws, there is a lot of grey area, which allows employment attorneys to advise on risk and how to make practical decisions.”