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Victoria Woodin Chavey


P 860-331-1534 F 860-247-1330


Victoria Woodin Chavey


Victoria (“Tory”) Woodin Chavey is a principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on high-stakes, complex disputes, to which she brings her experience, judgment, and orientation toward practical solutions.

Tory represents clients across the country on class action and single-plaintiff claims in a wide range of employment-related cases including class and collective actions, discrimination and retaliation claims, and contract and tort claims. She regularly appears in court, in arbitration, and in administrative agencies, and she also frequently mediates cases, though recognizes that some matters cannot be resolved without a trial. In that circumstance, Tory will serve as lead trial counsel, effectively translating the legal and factual issues to the factfinder, while giving the client realistic advice about potential outcomes. She has argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts, and also handles sensitive investigations and trainings.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Tori was a partner in the Hartford office of a national law firm, where she had served as department chair. In law school, she was elected editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review.  Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to the Honorable Ellen Ash Peters, of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Tori serves on the Board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and on the Board of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her family, cooking and baking, and running in community road races.


Honors and Recognitions

  • Benchmark, "Top 250 Women in Litigation" (2018)
  • Benchmark, "Top 250 Women in Litigation" (2017)
  • Benchmark, "Litigation Labor & Employment Star"
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law Management" (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management" and "Litigation - Labor and Employment" (2007-present)
  • Chambers USA, Ranked in Band 1
  • Connecticut Law Tribune, "Best Mentors Award" (2020)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyer" (2006-2020)
  • Legal 500 USA, "Recommended Attorney" (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2008-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 25: Women Connecticut (2008, 2010-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 50: Women New England (2008, 2010-2019)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 50: Connecticut (2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2017)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 100: New England (2011, 2013-2014)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Board Member
  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Board Member