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Jackson Lewis Welcomes Richard Vitarelli in Hartford

Jackson Lewis Welcomes Richard Vitarelli in Hartford

HARTFORD, CT (May 18, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to welcome Shareholder Richard Vitarelli to the firm’s Hartford office. Mr. Vitarelli, who joins Jackson Lewis from McCarter & English, has over two decades of experience representing employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law.

“We are delighted to welcome Rick to Jackson Lewis,” said Beverly W. Garofalo, Hartford office Managing Shareholder. “He is well-known throughout Connecticut as one of the state’s most prominent labor practitioners, and his strong ties to the local business community, coupled with his knowledge of the regional and national issues facing today’s employers, make him an excellent addition to Jackson Lewis’ Hartford roster.”

Mr. Vitarelli represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries in labor relations, collective bargaining, and union organizing matters as well as the employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and contract administration. He regularly represents and defends employers before state and federal Departments of Labor and labor relations and fair employment practices agencies, as well as the National Labor Relations Board, the National Mediation Board and in labor arbitration. Mr. Vitarelli’s labor relations practice includes representation of employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. 

“I am thrilled to join Jackson Lewis, a firm I have long been familiar with due to its caliber of attorneys and extensive network of subject matter leaders,” said Mr. Vitarelli.  “The firm’s vast depth of resources and national reach will help me better serve my client base both in Connecticut and throughout the country.” 

Mr. Vitarelli is a frequent speaker on labor relations and employment law, including on matters involving distressed entities, collective bargaining, union organizing, labor law and employee benefits, including multi-employer benefits and pension withdrawal liability. He currently serves as a managing author of the “Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns,” 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Editions (Wolters-Kluwer/Aspen Publishers), considered by many to be the definitive management treatise on countering union organizing efforts and corporate campaigns.

Mr. Vitarelli previously served as outside general counsel to the Waterbury Connecticut Financial Planning and Assistance Board, a state takeover board created to restructure finances, labor agreements and post-employment benefits. He was a Commissioner of the Connecticut State Ethics Commission from 1997 to 2004 and served as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect from 2002 to 2004. 

Mr. Vitarelli has been ranked in the Chambers USA Legal Guide since 2009 and listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007, in addition to being recognized in Connecticut Super Lawyers since 2006.  He was recently named byHuman Resource Executive as one of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” in the category of traditional labor law. In 2014, Rick was recognized by Client Choice USA and Canada (Lexology) for client service in the areas of Employment and Labor Law in Connecticut. Mr. Vitarelli has also been named one of Connecticut’s “New Leaders of the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune.  

Mr. Vitarelli received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College and his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School where he sat on the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.  He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.

Jackson Lewis’ Hartford office can be reached at (860) 522-0404. 


About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With 800 attorneys practicing in major locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. The firm’s wide range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the world, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 650 class actions. Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance of premier employment law boutique firms and practices in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific Region.

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Richard F. Vitarelli

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