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For nearly three decades, the emphasis of Mr. Escalera’s practice has been labor and employment law and litigation. Initially, Mr. Escalera served with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for nine years where he engaged in extensive criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Escalera was last stationed at the Pentagon where he acted as lead counsel for the Army Litigation Division defending the Department of the Army in employment discrimination suits brought by civilian employees in many states. Since 1987 Mr. Escalera has been exclusively defending private and public sector employers in labor and employment matters. Mr. Escalera has defended numerous employment discrimination and wrongful termination suits in various state courts, federal district courts, and United States Courts of Appeal. Mr. Escalera has extensive experience in class-action litigation. He is a frequent lecturer on the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, drug testing, wage and hour law, non-compete agreements, effective hiring and management of employees, and avoiding wrongful termination suits.

Location

  • 21 Oak Street, Suite 601
    Hartford, CT 06106-8003

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

  • American University, J.D., graduated 1980
  • Georgetown University, BS, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, - State of Connecticut
  • District of Columbia, - District of Columbia
  • Connecticut, - District of Connecticut

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Employment Law Council - Member
  • Board of Directors of Family Life Education - Treasurer
  • Board of Directors of Leadership Greater Hartford - Former Member, '95-'99
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association - Member
  • Hartford Food System - Former President
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court - Former Member, '97-'99
  • Rensselaer Graduate School - Former Adjunct Professor, '97-'01
  • University of Connecticut School of Law - Former Adjunct Professor, '95-'97
  • University of Connecticut School of Law - Former Moot Court Judge

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Hartford (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Class Actions
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Defense
  • Disability
  • Labor
  • Litigation
  • Management
  • State and Federal
  • Title VII Litigation
  • Wage-Hour Law
  • Wrongful Discharge

Awards:

  • In 1999, the Connecticut Bar Foundation selected Mr. Escalera to be named as a James W. Cooper Fellow in recognition of his legal work and service to the community.
  • Mr. Escalera he has received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Mr. Escalera has also been selected as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer®: Employment and Labor and Management Defense – Litigation in every year since 2007.

"Miguel is an experienced, analytically strong attorney who is very responsive, and consistently provides useful, pragmatic advice."

"Mr. Escalera is a highly-skilled counselor and litigator. His familiarity and experience with the local plaintiffs' bar and with the state and federal judiciary is of great value when defending employment litigation matters. Mr. Escalera is extremely responsive to all inquiries and concerns and provides a superior level of customer service."

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