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Holly L. Cini


P 860-522-0404
F 860-247-1330



Holly L. Cini is a Principal 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

    Published Works

    • "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]

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    November 20, 2015
    Jackson Lewis

    Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity Committee Newsletter

    November 20, 2015

    Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More

    May 19, 2015
    Chambers & Partners

    Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

    May 19, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking... Read More

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    May 6, 2016

    Vermont Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation; Connecticut Governor Expected to Sign Such Law

    May 6, 2016

    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has made the Green Mountain State the most recent state in the nation to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation. Connecticut may soon follow, once Governor Dannel Malloy signs legislation passed by the state legislature on May 4, 2016. The laws restrict employers in the states from... Read More

    February 3, 2016

    Connecticut Long-Term Care Health Facilities to Register with New Background Check Portal

    February 3, 2016

    Certain health care facilities specializing in long-term care in Connecticut will be required to register with a statewide background check portal beginning February 8, 2016. The portal will allow employers to process criminal history and patient abuse background searches for potential employees, contractors, or volunteers who will... Read More

    June 23, 2014

    Changes to Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law Provide Some Relief to Employers

    June 23, 2014

    The Connecticut Paid Sick Leave legislation has been amended (1) to allow employers to determine the 50-employee applicability threshold in the same manner as under the state’s Family and Medical Leave Act, (2) to allow accrual of paid sick leave hours on any annual basis, not just a calendar year, and (3) to expand slightly the... Read More

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    Sep 21

    Hartford, CT

    Hartford Breakfast Series - 2016 Employment Law Update

    September 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    90 State House Square, 8th Floor - Hartford, CT
    Credits: HRCI - 1.5, SHRM - 1.5

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    March 31, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
    Credits: HRCI - 1.0 Pend, SHRM - 1.0 Pend
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