Giovanna Tiberii Weller is co-chair of the Labor and Employment practice. She has successfully defended many significant employment cases in federal and state courts, including discrimination, trade secret and non-competition claims, whistleblower, as well as numerous cases before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. She has successfully argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court. Her clients include large and small employers, manufacturers, schools, utilities, and insurers. Giovanna regularly trains management personnel on a wide variety of employment related topics.
Maureen Danehy Cox focuses on commercial and tort litigation. She represents utilities, manufacturers and service companies in a wide variety of cases before state and federal courts throughout the United States. Maureen has successfully litigated many employment cases in Connecticut’s state and federal courts, and has successfully argued numerous appeals, including employment matters, before Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Stephanie E. Cummings practices in a variety of areas, including labor and employment law, corporate law, personal injury, real estate, trusts and estates and general civil litigation. Her clients include small businesses and individuals with varying needs.
Vincent Farisello maintains a versatile practice in the areas of both labor and employment and general corporate law. Vincent’s labor and employment practice focuses on counseling and advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. To do so, Vincent works with clients to manage risks and formulate strategies to avoid litigation and to comply with regulatory obligations. Vincent regularly represents employers in mediations, arbitrations, labor negotiations, contract negotiations and defends employers before various state and federal administrative agencies. Vincent is also a frequent presenter of seminars and training sessions on a variety of common employment issues.
Sarah S. Healey has represented clients in a range of matters involving, for example, claims of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, defamation, unfair trade practices, and misappropriation of trade secrets in federal and state court. Sarah also regularly defends employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Sarah frequently presents on current labor and employment law issues. She also conducts management training for all employers on topics including harassment prevention and performance management, leaves of absence, accommodating employees with disabilities, and wag and hour compliance.
Romania Jawahir is a non-lawyer member of the firm’s Labor and Employment group. She is pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management at the University of Connecticut and preparing for the SHRM-CP exam. Romania is also a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team.
Timothy S. Klimpl is a seasoned attorney with experience providing ERISA advice and related services to a variety of plan sponsors and employee benefit plans, including corporate, nonprofit, multiemployer and governmental plans providing retirement, health, disability, dental and other welfare benefits. In the field of executive compensation, Tim has assisted both employers and employees with equity and incentive compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation, Section 409A questions, and executive employment and severance agreements. Among other industries, Tim has represented clients in the financial, construction, medical, fashion, real estate and legal industries.
Howard K. Levine is a partner with over 25 years of experience practicing in the areas of employment, financial, environmental, construction, products liability and general commercial litigation. Howard represents Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, governmental entities and major municipalities, as well as smaller to midsize commercial and corporate clients in all aspects of dispute resolution from mediation to arbitration, trial and appeal.
Amanda Nugent’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on commercial breach of contract and business torts actions in both the state and federal courts. Amanda represents and advises commercial clients of all types, from individual entrepreneurs and small family businesses to large national corporations, banks, and publicly regulated utilities. Amanda also advises clients on their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans and programs and co-leads the Firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team with Managing Partner Rick Street
Mark F. Williams‘ practice includes all aspects of employee benefits, including both tax and ERISA issues that arise in connection with employee benefit plans for both large and small clients. Mark advises employers on the design of their qualified pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans. Mark also designs and drafts nonqualified deferred compensation plans, such as Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans, and assures compliance with IRC Section 409A, which governs nonqualified arrangements. Mark has also advised employers on compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, Mark has experience in structuring golden parachute, change in control arrangements, and deferred compensation arrangements for non-profits.
Domenico Zaino is a partner and co-practice group leader of the firm’s Business and Personal Services Group. He practices primarily in the area of labor and employment law and has extensive experience counseling, representing, and training employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Nick’s clients range from small to large companies in various industries such as banking, medical, education, manufacturing, engineering, retail, construction, and non-profit. Working closely with C-level executives, in-house counsel, human resource professionals and business owners, Nick assists in managing risk by counseling on compliance and preventative strategies.