Honors & Credentials

Kainen, Escalera & McHale is a nationally recognized Connecticut-based law firm, having received the following honors from our legal colleagues for our work on behalf of employers in labor, employment and education law matters
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Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year

Burton Kainen was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Hartford Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year.”

Patrick McHale was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Hartford Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year.”

Frederick Dorsey was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Hartford Education Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

U.S. News Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms®

Kainen, Escalera & McHale is ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in Hartford for employment law, labor law, and labor and employment litigation in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2020.

Best Lawyers in America®

Burton Kainen, Miguel Escalera, Patrick McHale, Diana Garfield, Shel Myers, Jennifer Dixon, Joseph McQuade, Kenneth Weinstock, and Frederick Dorsey have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law and/or Education Law.

Martindale-Hubbell Rated

Burton Kainen and Diana Garfield have each received a peer review rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell. Miguel Escalera, Patrick McHale, Shel Myers, Joseph McQuade, Frederick Dorsey, and Daniel Murphy have all received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell. Peer review ratings are generated from evaluations by other members of the bar to determine an attorney’s ethical standards and professional ability.

New England Super Lawyers

Three of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers 2019: Miguel Escalera, Patrick McHale, and Shel Myers.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Burton Kainen has been named a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. To be named a fellow, attorneys must exhibit the following qualifications: the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based on the College’s acclaimed Principles of Civility and Professionalism ; the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership; a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College; sustained, exceptionally high-quality services to clients, bar, bench and public; and significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings on Labor and Employment Law.

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