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Michael J. Spagnola, Shareholder


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E-Mail: mspagnola@siegeloconnor.com

Michael Spagnola represents management exclusively in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law, and in particular, labor and employment litigation and preventive labor and employment law.

Mr. Spagnola represents management in connection with employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including cases relating to discrimination, wage and hour law, unemployment compensation, FMLA, workplace torts, breach of contract, non-competition agreements, and trade secret misappropriation. Mr. Spagnola has also negotiated contractual language on behalf of businesses, and represents businesses in commercial litigation.

Mr. Spagnola also represents management in connection with labor-relations matters, including unfair labor practice charges, union election petitions, and grievance arbitrations. Mike also counsels managerment on issues relating to collective bargaining and union avoidance. Mike has also represented employer trustees in deadlock arbitrations under the Labor Management Relations Act.

Mr. Spagnola also counsels employers on preventive labor and employment law measures, with a focus on lawful employee discipline, and statutory, regulatory, and contractual compliance.  Mr. Spagnola works with management to identify problematic labor and employment law issues, and develops strategies, policies and procedures to assist in litigation avoidance. 

While in law school, Mr. Spagnola served as an Associate Editor for the Quinnipiac University Law Review, and received several academic awards, including the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for employment law. Mr. Spagnola also served as a Judicial Intern to the late Honorable Peter C. Dorsey, District Judge for the United States District Court in Connecticut.

Mr. Spagnola has been recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Labor and Employment law by New England Super Lawyers.

Practice Areas:

Employment Law/Litigation, Labor Relations Law and Prevention Practices, Wage and Hour Law, Government Regulation Compliance

Admitted to Practice

Connecticut

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

 

Education

J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2004

B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, magna cum laude, 2001

 

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Connecticut Bar Association

Hartford County Bar Association



Author and Lecturer

  • Contributing Author, Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C., Law of the Workplace, (2005–present)
  • Contributing Author & Lecturer, Connecticut Association of Non-Profits, “Legal Pitfalls of Hiring and Firing” (2011)
  • Contributing Author & Presenter, Human Resource Leadership Association of Eastern Connecticut, “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations” (2011)
  • Contributing Author & Presenter, New England Claim Executives Association, “Employee Versus Independent Contractor” (2010)
  • Contributing Author & Lecturer, Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut, “Is FMLA a Four Letter Word? (2010)
  • Contributing Author & Lecturer, Connecticut Association of Non-Profits, “When Employees are out of Work (2010)
  • Contributing Author & Presenter, Connecticut Remodeling Contractors Association, “Employee Versus Independent Contractor” (2009)
  • Contributing Author & Presenter, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, “Wage and Hour Law Overview” (2008, 2006)
  • Contributing Author, Wage and Hour Law, A State by State Survey, Cumulative Supplement (2007)
  • Contributing Author & Presenter, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, “Legal Pitfalls of Hiring and Firing” (2008)
  • Contributing Author, Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C., Sexual Harassment in The Workplace: A Program of Education and Prevention (2006)