Joseph W. McQuade

Joseph W. McQuade

Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

Recognized since 2013

Hartford, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Mr. McQuade represents and counsels private and public employers with respect to a wide-range of employment, civil rights and business issues. Mr. McQuade has extensive experience in defending employers, municipal entities and government officials in state and federal court and in administrative tribunals, against a variety of employment law claims, including civil rights claims, First and Fourteenth Amendment claims, race discrimination claims, disability discrimination claims, age discrimination claims, sex discrimination and harassment claims, retaliation claims, Equal Pay Act claims, wage and hour claims, whistleblower claims and all manner of tort and contract claims. Mr. McQuade regularly represents employers before the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission in workers’ compensation retaliation matters and also represents municipalities facing heart and hypertension claims. He also represents employers in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and in interest and grievance arbitration. Mr. McQuade has experience in municipal ethics issues, qui tam (whistleblower) actions, civil RICO actions, commercial disputes, product liability and tort actions as well as criminal matters. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. McQuade served as the judicial law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Joan Glazer Margolis for two years.

  • 21 Oak Street, Suite 601
    Hartford, CT 06106-8003
  • Yale University, BA, graduated 1989
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut, - State of Connecticut
  • Connecticut, - District of Connecticut
  • New York, - Southern District of New York
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association - Member
  • University of Connecticut School of Law - Lawyering Process Program - Adjunct Faculty Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Since 2013, Mr. McQuade has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Litigation – Labor and Employment Law.
  • Mr. McQuade has received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell.
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management


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