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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

  • Human Resource Executive, recognized among twenty of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” in the category of traditional labor law since 2015.
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
  • Connecticut Law Tribune, “New Leaders of the Law”
  • 2015 Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • Human Resource Executive, recognized among twenty of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” in the category of traditional labor law
  • Recognized by Client Choice USA and Canada (Lexology) for client service in the areas of Employment and Labor Law in Connecticut (2014)
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Judge Maxwell Heiman Award
Best Lawyers Award Badge
USA Chambers 2018 - 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

  • “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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May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) 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 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

January 4, 2018
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Richard Vitarelli Comments on Collective Bargaining Agreements Set to Expire in 2018

January 4, 2018

Richard Vitarelli comments on implications of collective bargaining agreements set to expire for several thousand workers in the manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, and hospitality industries in "Outlook 2018: Labor Hopes to Capitalize on Hot Economy, Tax Cuts," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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April 10, 2018

Trump: Winning Over Union Leaders

April 10, 2018

In a speech advertised as addressing the country’s infrastructure woes, and his $1.5-trillion plan for a fix, President Donald Trump reportedly told the crowd that he thought he was winning over union leaders. Speaking in Richfield, Ohio, on March 29, 2018, Trump told the crowd that he “really think[s] the [union] leadership is... Read More

March 30, 2018

Calculating Withdrawal Liability with ‘Segal Blend’ Violated Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act, Judge Rules

March 30, 2018

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for multiemployer pension plans and employers, a federal district court has held that the use of the “Segal Blend” to calculate a company’s withdrawal liability when it withdrew from a multiemployer pension plan violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), as... Read More

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