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Mr. McHale represents public and private employers and non-profit organizations in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including union representation elections, collective bargaining, contract administration, personnel policies and practices, wage and hour disputes, equal employment opportunity, employment litigation, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation and related matters. His practice includes representation of employers in federal and state courts and before the American Arbitration Association, the National Labor Relations Board, the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and various other administrative agencies.


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


  • Fairfield University, BA, graduated 1986

Bar Admissions

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


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association - Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association - Member
  • Industrial Relations Research Association - Member
  • International Personnel Management Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Labor Law - Management

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

  • Labor Law - Management, Hartford (2013)

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

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Education
  • Management
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Non-Profits
  • Public and Private Sectors
  • State and Federal
  • Wage-Hour Law


  • Mr. McHale has been selected to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management since 2009.
  • Mr. McHale has also been selected as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer®: Employment and Labor from 2007-2015.
  • Mr. McHale has received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Mr. McHale was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Hartford Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”.

"Patrick McHale is a seasoned professional with a great personal demeanor. He is highly responsive and available for clients' needs. He is always able to provide a simple translation of the law into laymen's terms."

- Anne Condren (Adam Broderick Salon & Spa), Ridgefield, CT

"Patrick McHale relays information and advice in an easy to understand manner. He understands the inner workings of a municipality."

- Lisa Pellegrini (Town of Somers), Somers, CT

"Patrick McHale is a highly competent attorney who has the big picture in mind. Attorney McHale consistently provides such valuable guidance on labor matters which has led our organization to ultimately achieve many of its goals. Attorney McHale is an extremely detailed individual. His communication skills are outstanding and he is quite personal in his approach to sensitive complex situations. Attorney McHale's diligence when preparing to address labor issues is outstanding."

- Anthony Bivona (Brookfield Public Schools), Brookfield, CT

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