Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds

Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds

Pullman & Comley LLC

Recognized since 2011

Hartford, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds is chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. His practice includes counseling on and litigating business, construction, labor and employment and civil rights matters and municipal law. Attorney Hawks-Ladds has tried cases in numerous state and federal courts, argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts and litigates extensively before administrative tribunals. Attorney Hawks-Ladds frequently lectures and consults on trial practice, business disputes, labor and employment law and municipal issues. Attorney Hawks-Ladds also regularly negotiates employment agreements, severance and compensation packages involving executives of some of the largest U.S. and international companies. He is cited as an authority in Covenants Not to Compete: A State by State Survey, 2005 Supplement.

From 1998 through 2008, Attorney Hawks-Ladds authored the Connecticut Bar Association’s official treatise on labor and employment law, “Labor Relations and Employment Law: Developments in Connecticut,” published annually in the Connecticut Bar Journal. He co-authors the Connecticut Bar Association’s “Annual Survey of Labor and Employment Cases.” He was a contributing author to the Hartford Business Journal on labor and employment matters through 2003, and has been interviewed for commentary on labor issues in periodicals nationwide. Josh’s recent articles include “Legality of Personality Tests Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” (Connecticut Lawyer, June/July 2007); “Midstream Covenants Not to Compete: Is Continued Employment Enough?” (Connecticut Lawyer, June/July 2005); “May State Employees Sue Their Employer for Damages under FMLA’s Family Care Provision?” (PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases, January 4, 2003); “Does Actionable Emotional Distress Exist in the Connecticut Workplace?” (Connecticut Lawyer, October 2002); and “A Case of Interpretation” (Connecticut Lawyer, November 2001). He also served as an adjunct instructor on human resources management at Saint Joseph College from 2001 to 2004.

  • 90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • University of Connecticut, B. A., graduated 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut, Connecticut
  • New York, New York
  • Massachusetts, Massachusetts
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Mediator and Arbitrator, Legal Fee Resolution Board; past chair, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section; former chair, Common Law and Statutory Claims Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Federal Bar Council - Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association - Founder and Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Manchester Bar Association - Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association - Member - Labor and Employment Law Section; Civil Litigation Section
  • New York Bar Association - Member - Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Courts - Bencher

Pullman & Comley LLC
Headquarters: Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
Special Focus:
  • Litigation
  • AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed as a "Top Lawyer" in Hartford Magazine in the areas of employment/labor and litigation, April 2010; July 2012
  • Recipient of the 2014 Corporate International Magazine Global Award: Labor Attorney of the Year in Connecticut
  • Hartford Business Journal's 2003 "40 Under Forty" Award - recipient; recognized him as one of Greater Hartford's top "young leaders"
  • 2002 Distinguished Advocate for the Arts Award from the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts - recipient
  • named to CBA's "Distinguished Volunteers Roster" for 2003
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law - Management

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