Holly L. Cini is a Shareholder in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Cini concentrates her practice on employment litigation and preventive counseling. She represents employers in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Cini has successfully represented employers throughout all stages of litigation, from administrative hearings to trials in state and federal courts through appeals before the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She litigates claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, whistleblower violations and a variety of other statutory and common law causes of action. In addition to single plaintiff lawsuits, Ms. Cini has extensive experience handling class and collective actions alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws.
In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Cini advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues including: compliance with CT workplace laws, including the Paid Sick Leave law, in which she is one of the state’s foremost experts; the drafting and revision of personnel policies and human resources guidelines; and employee performance counseling and termination decisions. She also regularly conducts training on a variety of topics such as harassment prevention, workplace investigations and various other topics relating generally to managing employees and workplace interactions.
Ms. Cini works with employers in all industries, but focuses a large portion of her time working with clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. She specializes in the effective management of national client relationships, overseeing litigation and resolving the complexities of policy and practice protocols necessary when doing business in multiple states around the country.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Cini held the appointed position of General Counsel to State Comptroller Nancy Wyman, a role in which she oversaw employment and legislative issues for the Comptroller's agency as well as played an active role in the Comptroller's successful campaign for re-election. Prior to that, Ms. Cini was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut.
Honors and Recognitions
Professional Associations and Activities
- Connecticut Bar Association
- "Defending Claims of Retaliatory Discipline", Connecticut Law Tribune (April 2004) [Co-Author]
- "Step-by-Step Guide to Paid Sick Leave," Hartford Business Journal (December 19, 2011)
- "Paid Sick Leave: A Law of Unintended Consequences," Connecticut Law Tribune (October 31, 2011)
- “Gaudio v. Griffin Health Services Ten Years Later: Why Do Claims Based on Employee Handbook Policies Continue to Thrive?” Connecticut Law Tribune (July 2009) [Co-Author]