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Mr. Mitchell maintains a civil trial practice focused on representing employers and employees in labor and employment law cases. Bob also offers civil litigation and trial practice services to non-litigating solo and small firm practices on a referral basis. In this role, he addresses a wide variety of commercial and other matters in close cooperation with referring counsel. His aim is to assist them in providing their own clients with litigation and trial services that complement their customary substantive practices.

Mr. Mitchell is a member of the State bars of Connecticut, New York and Louisiana and has litigated cases before State courts in Connecticut, Louisiana, California, New Jersey and Tennessee. He has appeared before federal trial courts in Connecticut, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Northern District of Florida. He has argued cases before State appellate tribunals in Connecticut and Louisiana as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Fifth Circuits and he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Mitchell appears as an advocate before federal and state administrative agencies including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the New York Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations and the National Labor Relations Board.

In a non-litigating role, Mr. Mitchell advises public sector employers, private company managements and individual employees on their rights and obligations under federal and State labor and employment laws. His work includes providing counsel to employers on union avoidance issues, collective bargaining, grievance management and arbitration, general union contract management, anti-discrimination law obligations (including sex, race, age and disability discrimination), FMLA, non-competition, confidentiality and compensation issues. He advises individuals about their rights under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the common law, their employment agreements, severance contracts, the National Labor Relations Act and both State and federal compensation statutes.

Bob graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Law in 1978 where he was an editor of the Tulane Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is a member of the American Bar Association. He belongs to the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, where he sat on the board of directors and served as President from 2006 to 2007. Bob is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute. Bob has served as an Arbitrator and Attorney Trial Referee for the Connecticut Superior Court since 1989 and is a member of the Connecticut United States District Court’s Special Master’s Panel. Mr. Mitchell is rated "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell legal reference service, has been listed as a 2010-2013 "Connecticut Super Lawyer", is named in the 2012 and 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America and was named as a "Top Lawyer" of Fairfield County by the Moffly Media Magazine Group.

Community work is also an important part of Mr. Mitchell’s life. He served as a Republican member of the Monroe, Connecticut Town Council from 1993-1999 and was a member of the Monroe Republican Town Committee and its Executive Board. He was the President of the Board of Directors of SoundWaters, Inc., an environmental educational organization focused on the Long island Sound Watershed, was on the board of the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, was Volunteer Director of a SoundWaters-Cardinal Shehan Center joint Junior Sailing Program, was on the Board of Directors of Stamford's Young Mariner's Foundation, an organization that provides on-the-water experiences for underserved children, has been a member of American Civil Liberties Union, is President of the Board of the Connecticut Zoological Society (Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo), and is Chairman of the Stratford United Methodist Church's Board of Trustees.

Mr. Mitchell lectures and writes articles on labor and employment topics for the Connecticut Law Tribune and other professional publications.

Mr. Mitchell has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers directory for 2012 and 2013

Mr. Mitchell has been selected to the 2010-2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers listing.

Mr. Mitchell was named as a "Top Lawyer" in Fairfield County, in the practice of Labor and Employment Law and Civil Litigation, by Moffly Media for the years 2010-2013.

REPRESENTATIVE LITIGATION CASES:

Moch v. Town of Greenwich, Case No 3:11-CV1398 (SRU) 2014

Andino v. Jewish Home for the Elderly, Case No. FBT-CV-12-6024134-S

Galarraga v. Bridgeport Hospital, Case No. FBT-CV-10-6011229-S

Weber v. FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc., et al, Case No. 3:10-CV-401 (JBA) (2012)

Taylor v. Murphy, et al, Case No. 3:10-CV-245 (HBF) (2012)

Lamont v. Murphy, et al, Case No. 3:10-CV-1364 (HBF) (2012)

Burger v. The NIA Group, LLC, et al, Case No. 3:08-CV-1573 (RNC)(2010)

Hardy, et al. v. Town of Greenwich, Case No. 3:06-CV-00833 (MRK)(2009)

Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, Inc. v. Vetruvian Group, LLC, FST- CV05-4006846-S (Conn. Super. May 25, 2009)

Georgia and Schiller v. City of Bridgeport, Nos. 3:01 CV-00452, 3:01 CV-00717 (AVC) (2004)

N.L.R.B. v. Fermont, a Div. of General Dynamics Corp. of America, 928 F.2d 609 (2d Cir. 1991)

Carlson v. Manchester Mem. Hosp., 182 F.3d 898 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), unpublished disposition, Nos. 98-9374, 98-9412 1999 Westlaw 461768 (2d Cir. June 18, 1999)

N.L.R.B. v. Mulvaney Mechanical Inc., 234 F.3d 1262 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), unpublished disposition, No. 99-4176 2000 WL 1715231, 169 L.R.R.M. 3152 (2d Cir. Nov. 14, 2000)

Mulvaney Mechanical v. Sheet Metal Workers Int’l Ass’n, Local 38, 288 F.3d 491 (2d. Cir. 2002), vacated and remanded, 538 U.S. 918 (2003), reaffirmed on remand, 351 F.3d 43 (2d Cir. 2003)

Board of Educ. of Town of Ridgefield v. Freedom of Info. Comm’n.,217 Conn. 153 (1991)

Gaudio v. Griffin Health Services Corp., 249 Conn. 523 (1999)(Amicus on behalf of Connecticut Business and Industry Assoc.)

Cweklinsky v. Mobil Chemical Co., 267 Conn. 210 (2004)

Pucci v. American-Republican, Inc., No. 118491, 1994 WL 235316 (Conn. Super. July 26, 1991)

American Ref-Fuel Co. of South-Eastern Connecticut v. United Ass’n of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 305 No. 518001, 1991 WL 146626 (Conn. Super. July 26, 1991)

Laputz v. City of Bridgeport, No. CV 88 0247481S, 1990 WL 283159 (Conn. Super. Oct. 31, 1990)

City of Bridgeport v. National Association of Government Employees, N.A.G.E., Local RI-200, No. 94-0311951, 1994 WL 411108 (Conn. Super. Aug. 1, 1994)

Goldman, et al v. Rockrimmon Country Club, Inc., No. CV 92 0123676, 1995 WL 317067 (Conn. Super. May 17, 1995)

Sakon v. Avon Family Medical Group and Avon Little League, Conn. Super. CV-94-0464569 S

Lamneck v. Total American, Inc., Conn. Super, CV-91-0120201 S

Eckert v. Clarence E. Jennings, Jr. et al., Conn. Super. CV-88- 0250410 S

Domek v. Emery Air Freight Corporation, D. Conn., B-88-297

Howell v. Town of Fairfield, et al., 123 F.R.D. 429 (D. Conn. 1988)

Fermont v. Teamsters Local 1040, N.L.R.B. Case No. 39-CA-1139

Le Claire v. Johnson & Johnson, Conn. Super. CV-87-0039016 S

Wolfe v. Phillips Medical Systems of N.A. & N.A. Phillips Corporation, D. Conn., B-90-534

The Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc. and Local No. 74, Int’l Alliance of The Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of The United States and Canada, AFL-CIO, 312 NLRB 950 (1993)

New England Health Care Employees v. St. Mary’s Hospital, NLRB Case No. 34-CA-6217

Local 998, Intern. Ass’n of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO v. Town of Stratford, No. CV-92-029 58 11, 1992 WL 174751 (Conn. Super. July 17, 1992)

Baum v. United Cable Television Corp. of Eastern Connecticut, No. CV- 90-0044673 S, 1990 WL 283707 (Conn. Super. Sept. 27, 1990)

Jackson v. Willamette Industries, Inc., W.D. La., No. 86-1264

Harris v. The Saugatuck Group, Inc., D. Conn., No. B-90-039

Fagan v. Stamford Hosp., No. CV 960149908S, 1996 WL 168077 (Conn. Super. March 28, 1996)

Corral v. Norwalk Hospital, D. Conn. No. 3:95 CV-00209

Joo v. Capitol Switch, Inc., No. 30 09 20, 1993 WL 28902 (Conn. Super. Jan 29, 1993)

Curcio v. Metropolitan Property and Cas., No. CV 30 58 41 (adjudicated as Attorney referee)

Lewis v. Willamette Industries, Inc., 537 So.2d 780 (La. App. 2d Cir. 1989)

Gil v. Metal Services Corp., 412 So.2d 706 (La. App., 4th Cir. 1982)

Bennett v. Carroon and Black Corp., 517 So. 2d 1245 (La. App., 4th Cir. 1987)

 

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