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Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C. is a law firm that focuses its practice on private and public sector labor and employment law and litigation issues and education-related matters on behalf of employers. Within our practice, we provide counseling and preventive services to assist managers and human resource professionals, as well as defense of lawsuits brought against employers in the state and federal courts and matters before administrative agencies and arbitrators.

From our offices directly across from the State Capitol, we conduct a labor, employment and education law practice that is both nationwide and also fully tailored to meet the needs of:

  • Connecticut-based private businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public sector entities

Our private sector clients include:
✓ Manufacturers
✓ Media companies
✓ Financial institutions
✓ Insurance agencies
✓ Wholesalers and retailers
✓ Dental/medical practices
✓ Property management companies
✓ Nursing homes
✓ Various service-related businesses

Our non-profit clients include:
✓ Community health centers
✓ Drug and alcohol rehabilitation/treatment agencies
✓ Disability care facilities

Our public sector clients include:
✓ Municipalities
✓ Local and regional governmental authorities
✓ Boards of education.

Our firm has also been retained by a number of insurance carriers to represent their insureds in labor, employment and education matters.

The decision to start our firm in 2000 was largely driven by our recognition that employers need timely, effective and cost efficient representation, and we have tailored our practice to allow us to meet those needs. Our firm’s partners have been practicing together for many years and collectively have the necessary labor, employment and education law experience to handle any matter, large or small.

Our experience indicates that a boutique labor, employment and education law firm has a competitive advantage because we can control expenses and hold the line on legal fees while, at the same time, provide quality services with experienced partners handling the matter from start to finish. Further, our operating philosophy does not allow us to use two attorneys to do the job of one or to treat disbursements as a profit center. Rather, low overhead and appropriate staffing allows us to deliver quality work in a timely manner at a reasonable price.

No other stand-alone labor, employment and education law defense firm in Connecticut has as many partners with at least 25 or more years of experience handling such matters as the partners in our firm. We are proud of our firm’s recognition on the first-tier rankings for employment law defense firms in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings in every year since the rankings began in 2010. We are also proud to treat your workplace as our business!


“They provide a high level of exclusive service. I always feel like I’m their only client, or one of their most important clients.”- Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide Management and Service Provider
“I think that what makes them stand out to us is that they have a very practical view of what needs to be done and how to do it, and they do it in an efficient manner.”- In House Counsel for Fortune 500 Company
“One of the things that we really appreciate about Kainen, Escalera & McHale is that we’ve got very senior people with lots of experience handling our cases…”- Employment Practices Liability Insurance Director
“Kainen, Escalera & McHale Law is without question my first choice for labor needs! I am amazed at how our legal vendor crosses over and also provides valuable insight and advice in general business matters as well as legal expertise. These are true business partners who protect and safeguard our business from the current pitfalls and the challenges that impact employees.”- Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide Parking Lot Provider
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