Michael N. LaVelle brings broad and deep experience for the benefit of both public and private clients to the practice of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, employment discrimination, labor board and other administrative agency practice and wrongful discharge litigation. Having dealt with just about every type of labor and employment dispute, he provides guidance to prevent problems and avoid disputes, along with vigorous defense if litigation can’t be avoided.
Mick has broad trial experience, both jury and non-jury, before state and federal civil courts and before administrative agencies that regulate employment, and before the Connecticut and federal appellate courts. He has served 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.
As an off-shoot of his public employer labor practice, Mick has also served as a town attorney for many years, and developed an expertise in municipal law, including representation in numerous zoning and other land use appeals.
Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys - officer and director
Homes for the Brave – former chairman and member of the board of directors; organization that provides shelter and supportive services for homeless veterans
The Kennedy Center – former chairman and member of the board of directors; organization that provides housing and services for the adult mentally disabled
- Extensive trial work before employment regulating agencies such as EEOC, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Workers Compensation Commission, state and federal Departments of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and National Labor Relations Board
- Argued cases before state and federal civil courts including in the developing area of wrongful discharge; U.S. District Court cases arising from Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and ERISA; and employment cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
News & Insights
- 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
Our attorneys routinely advise our clients on best practices to meet the challenges presented by dramatic changes in labor and employment laws.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. Supreme Court
Boston University, J.D., 1975
Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1968