Recognized since 2010
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Mike litigates cases in state and federal courts and has argued numerous cases before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. He also frequently appears before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Connecticut Employment Security Division, the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, the state and federal Departments of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Labor Board, the Freedom of Information Commission, and OSHA/ConnOSHA. Mike's clients operate in a wide variety of industries including retail, healthcare, energy, and manufacturing. He has also represented political parties and candidates in various election matters.
Mike is adept in handling arbitrations and mediations, having represented employers in grievance and interest arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and before arbitrators of the American Arbitrator Association. Mike's labor relations experience also includes defending employers in unfair labor practice/prohibitive practice investigations and hearings.
In addition to his litigation and labor relations experience, Mike routinely advises clients on how to achieve their objections and minimize legal risk within the changing landscape of labor and employment laws. Mike, who has completed the MCAD’s trainer course, regularly provides training to clients and industry groups on harassment prevention, union campaigns, and other topics to assist employers in maintain best practices.
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
- Labor Law - Management, Hartford (2018)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:
- Employment Law - Management
- Labor Law - Management
- Litigation - Labor and Employment
"Michael Harrington has a superb knowledge of labor law and strategies relative to union negotiations and grievance resolution. Having Mike on my team, I never worried about reacting to stressful union situations incorrectly; he kept me calm. The Business Agents for the locals that I represented also had respect for Mike, seen in the way that the unions responded to him."
"Michael Harrington is an outstanding labor attorney. He is very responsive and quick to grasp complex labor situations within a municipal environment. He provides constructive advice relative to addressing the situation and is thoroughly prepared when defending the municipality in litigation, regardless of the forum in which the issue is being litigated. He stays active in a variety of professional associations and remains current with relevant court and labor department decisions, as well as state and federal legislative changes impacting the workplace."
- William F. Vernile (Town of Avon), Avon, CT
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