Michael N. LaVelle practices in the areas of labor and employment law including employment discrimination, labor board and other administrative agency practice and wrongful discharge litigation, and municipal law.
Mick has broad trial experience, both jury and non-jury, before state and federal civil courts and before administrative agencies that regulate employment. He successfully litigated the case of Bridgeport Hospital v. Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, et al., 232 Conn. 91 (1995), in which the Connecticut Supreme Court curtailed the commission’s ability to award damages against employers. He serves as a special master for the U.S. District Court.
He is experienced in both the private and public sector in collective bargaining negotiations and contract drafting, labor contract administration and trials of grievance arbitration, and preparation of employment guidelines, employee handbooks and manuals. He advises clients on general personnel administration, executive terminations and wage and hour policies. He has written and spoken on a variety of employment-related issues for local and national audiences. Mick has also served as a town attorney for many years, including representation in numerous zoning and other land use appeals.