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Richard F. Vitarelli

Principal
Hartford

P 860-522-0404
F 860-247-1330
Richard.Vitarelli@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Richard F. Vitarelli is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Part of the firm’s national labor practice, he has over two decades of experience representing employers nationally in strategic labor relations, collective bargaining, and union organizing, including in the context of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and contract administration. He serves as general labor and employment counsel for employers and multi-employer associations in various industries, including construction, manufacturing, health care and senior living, airline, commercial laundry, transportation and distribution, state and local government.

Mr. Vitarelli's practice includes handling sophisticated collective bargaining matters, including national, multi-employer and industry agreements.  His practice also includes representation of employers in multi-employer benefits matters, including multi-employer pension withdrawal liability and Taft-Hartley Fund collection matters. His labor relations practice includes representation of employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.

He regularly represents and advises clients in preventive labor relations and counter-organizing. For several years, he served as a managing author of the "Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns" (Wolters-Kluwer/Aspen Publishers).

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Vitarelli served as practice group leader for a major regional firm, overseeing the labor, employment, benefits and immigration practice. He also 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.

While attending law school, Mr. Vitarelli was a member of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2007-present)
  • Connecticut Law Tribune, “New Leaders of the Law”
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers® (2006-present)
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Judge Maxwell Heiman Award
  • Human Resource Executive, recognized among twenty of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” in the category of traditional labor law
  • Lexology, recognized by Client Choice USA and Canada for client service in the areas of Employment and Labor Law in Connecticut (2014)
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Chambers USA 2019 - Richard F. Vitarelli
Martindale-Hubbell 2019 - Richard F. Vitarelli
Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Activities and Associations

  • American Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Past Director

Published Works

  • "Employer’s Guide To Union Organizing Campaigns," Wolters-Kluwer/Aspen Publishers (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Editions) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “The Bargaining Process: Unions and Carriers,” Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law, ALI-CLE, Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law Conference (Washington, DC, September 27, 2018)
  • “2018 Top Wage and Hour Issues Facing Construction Contractors,” AGC Labor and Employment Law Council’s 34th Annual Construction Law Symposium
    (Washington, DC, May 4, 2018)
  • “Workplace Legislative, Judicial & Regulatory Issues…2018 & Beyond,” Tri-State SHRM Conference (Mohegan Sun Convention Center, May 2, 2018)
  • “Understanding and Living with Multi-Employer Pension Fund Withdrawal Liability,” Associated General Contractors (New York State, December 6, 2017)
  • “Your Guide to the New NLRB,” CBIA/Jackson Lewis Employment Law Conference (Cromwell, CT, November 15, 2017, November 30, 2017)
  • “Understanding and Living with Multi-Employer Pension Fund Withdrawal Liability,” International Council of Employers Annual Meeting (Washington, DC, October 5-6, 2017)
  • “The Bargaining Process: Unions and Carriers,” Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law, ALI-CLE, Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law Conference (Washington, DC, April 27, 2017)

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

June 4, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized as the Nation's Most Powerful

June 4, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 4, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, congratulates Chairman Emeritus Vincent A. Cino, along with Principals Neil H. Dishman, Maurice G. Jenkins, René E. Thorne and Richard F. Vitarelli for their inclusion in Human Resource Executive magazine’s “Most Powerful... Read More

April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... Read More

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June 25, 2019

Scabby the Rat Could Face Extermination under Labor Board General Counsel’s Recommendation

June 25, 2019

A recent Advice Memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel’s office (GC Office) has recommended that the Board engage in pest control. As background, federal labor law strictly regulates “secondary” activity by unions, including protests against “neutral” businesses with whom there is no dispute. The... Read More

June 25, 2019

The Aging Construction Industry: Keeping Skilled Employees Longer

June 25, 2019

Workers in the construction industry tend to be older than those in other industries, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The median age of construction workers is 42 years old, a year older than the median in the national labor force. Further, the median age of workers in the industry is 44-45 years old in several U.... Read More

June 25, 2019

How to Lower Risk by Cutting Harmful Company Documents

June 25, 2019

While company documents are necessary, some can expose a company to liability and other harms. Knowing how to identify and cut the harmful ones may help a company lower corporate risks. Here are three ways a company can assess the state of its documents and correct any issues. 1. Dishonest Documents A dishonest document may... Read More

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2019 Construction Industry Employment Law Forecast

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Withdrawal Liability: The Ticking Time Bomb Of Participating In Multiemployer Pension Plans

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