Businesses large and small seek Jonathan B. Orleans’ thoughtful, practical advice and effective advocacy in employment matters. Jon chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Law practice, and has 35 years of experience representing businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in disputes arising out of employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and in cases arising under federal and state anti-discrimination and wage/hour statutes. Jon advises his clients on compliance with laws and regulations and in the development and application of personnel policies. He negotiates and prepares employment contracts and separation agreements. He offers anti-harassment and other training programs to clients of the firm.
Jon also advises colleges, universities and independent schools concerning both employment-related matters and compliance with Title IX and other statutes regulating campus sexual misconduct and intercollegiate athletics. Jon investigates campus discrimination and harassment complaints, and defends schools in litigation arising out of such matters. He co-chairs the firm’s Colleges, Universities and Independent Schools practice.
Jon believes strongly in the wisdom of resolving disputes by negotiation and compromise when possible, and welcomes opportunities to serve as a mediator in employment and Title IX matters. He has also served as an arbitrator in employment cases.
Jon’s service to the bar and the community has included: chairing the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; serving on the Federal Grievance Committee; co-chairing the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association; chairing Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, membership on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and serving as Legal Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. In 2011-12, Jon taught Civil Procedure as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Section
Connecticut Bar Association - Federal Practice Section (Executive Committee); Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Section; Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section (Executive Committee)
Connecticut Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut - chair, Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee
American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut - board of directors, legal advisor
Bridgeport Public Education Fund - chairman
Honors & Recognitions
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of litigation - labor and employment and employment law - management
Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Professional Excellence Award, for his outstanding service to the legal profession during his career
Named Stamford "Lawyer of the Year" in the Employment Law - Management category in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America
Named Stamford "Lawyer of the Year" in the Litigation - Labor and Employment category in 2014 and 2018 by The Best Lawyers in America
Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list annually since 2006 in the areas of employment & labor and business litigation
Listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses in the area of labor and employment
Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent)
- Defense of a Connecticut municipality accused of discriminating against white male employees in its promotional practices
- Defense of a putative class action under New York law pertaining to wages and hours (resolved by settlement)
- Investigated sexual misconduct complaints (student-on-student, faculty-on-student, and faculty-on-faculty) on behalf of private universities
- Successfully defended, in trial and on appeal, a marketing firm charged with unfair trade practices and misappropriation of trade secrets in its hiring of a competitor’s employee
- Advised a university concerning Title IX compliance in its athletics program
- Defense of employers in federal and state Department of Labor wage/hour investigations
- Defense of numerous businesses, from manufacturers to physicians and other professionals, against claims of employment discrimination before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts
- Represented a physician group against claims of, inter alia, unfair competition, brought by their former employer
- Representation of companies and executives in negotiating employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and separation agreements
- Represented a high-technology manufacturer in the enforcement of a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement against a former employee
- Obtained an injunction under the Fair Housing Act in favor of a nonprofit organization denied permission by municipal authorities to establish a residence for homeless persons with HIV/AIDS
- Obtained an injunction under the Fair Housing Act requiring a municipality to treat a “sober house” as a family use for zoning purposes
News & Insights
- Fairfield County Business Journal, 05.31.2020
- Fairfield County Business Journal, 04.13.2020
- Hartford Business Journal, 03.23.2020
- Westport News, 03.17.2020
- Responding to COVID-19 Webinar Series - Part IX: Reopening CT: Answers to Workforce and Financial Questions from CT BusinessesGoTo Meeting Webinar, 06.15.2020
- Zoom Webinar, 05.19.2020
- GoTo Meeting Webinar, 04.08.2020
- GoTo Meeting Webinar, 03.26.2020
- CBA Law Center, 11.21.2019
- Hartford Marriott Farmington, 11.15.2019
- New England Journal of Higher Education, 07.20.2020
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All: New EEOC Guidance Cautions Employers to Take an Individualized Approach in Returning ‘At-Risk’ Employees to Work in the Wake of COVID-1905.27.2020
- Broker Beware: As Volatile Market Customer Arbitrations Spike, Who is Looking Out for Your BrokerCheck® Reporting Record?05.26.2020
Throughout the university’s transformation, it has called upon Pullman attorneys to provide guidance on many of the legal issues it has faced. These have included critical real estate and environmental matters encountered with its geographical expansion; personnel and employee benefit questions; litigation disputes; and helping the University realize the economic benefits of its varied revenue services.
Our attorneys routinely advise our clients on best practices to meet the challenges presented by dramatic changes in labor and employment laws.
Pullman & Comley’s work with educational institutions extends beyond the K-12 classrooms to the campuses of several colleges and universities. Within the last year, attorneys from across the firm have partnered with college and university administrators on a variety of issues.
Bar and Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Clerked for the Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld, Senior U.S. District Judge, in Hartford, CT
New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, M.P.A., 1984
Hampshire College, B.A., 1977