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.