Meet Our Attorneys

No other stand-alone labor, employment and education law defense firm in Connecticut has as many partners with at least twenty or more years of experience handling such matters as the partners in our firm.

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(listed alphabetically)

Jennifer L. Dixon - Kainen, Escalera & McHale

Jennifer L. Dixon

Years of Experience in Employment Litigation: 23 years

Ms. Dixon defends employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies against a variety of employment law claims, including workplace discrimination, contract, and tort claims. She also counsels employers on a wide range of employment issues, such as employee discipline, FMLA leave, and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations…

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Frederick L. Dorsey - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Frederick L. Dorsey

Years of Experience in Labor Law and Education Law: 33 years

Mr. Dorsey is involved in a wide variety of general and special labor relations and employment issues including union representation elections, contract negotiations and administration, unfair labor practice charges and employment discrimination matters in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Dorsey specializes in the area of labor and education law…

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Miguel Escalera, Jr. - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Miguel A. Escalera, Jr.

Years of Experience in Employment Litigation: 30 years

For nearly three decades, the emphasis of Mr. Escalera’s practice has been labor and employment law and litigation. Initially, Mr. Escalera served with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for nine years where he engaged in extensive criminal and civil litigation. Since 1987 Mr. Escalera has been exclusively defending private and public sector employers in labor and employment matters…

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Diana Garfield - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Diana Garfield

Of Counsel

Ms. Garfield has specialized in labor and employment matters in the state and federal courts and agencies since 1979. Prior to entering private practice, she served as law clerk to United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit) Judge Thomas J. Meskill during his first year on the bench. She then was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut…

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Burton Kainen - Kainen, Escalera & McHale

Burton Kainen

Of Counsel

Mr. Kainen has been practicing labor and employment litigation for over 40 years. His labor practice, consisting of NLRB proceedings, negotiations and arbitrations, is national in scope. He has represented a diverse group of clients in 31 states and the District of Columbia and has been lead counsel on a number of significant and frequently cited appellate decisions…

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Patrick J. McHale - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Patrick J. McHale

Years of Experience in Labor Law: 26 years

Mr. McHale represents public and private employers and non-profit organizations in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including union representation elections, collective bargaining, contract administration, personnel policies and practices, wage and hour disputes, equal employment opportunity, employment litigation, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, etc…

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Joseph M. McQuade - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Joseph M. McQuade

Years of Experience in Employment Litigation: 25 years

Mr. McQuade routinely represents and counsels private and public employers with respect to a wide-range of employment, civil rights and business issues. Mr. McQuade has extensive experience in defending employers, municipal entities and employees in state and federal court and in administrative tribunals, against a variety of employment law claims, including civil rights claims, First and Fourteenth Amendment claims, race discrimination claims, disability discrimination claims…

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Daniel P. Murphy - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Daniel P. Murphy

Years of Experience in Labor Law and Education Law: 23 years

Mr. Murphy practices in all aspects of labor, employment, education and business related immigration law. Mr. Murphy represents private and public sector employers in labor and employment law matters before state and federal courts, arbitration panels and administrative agencies, including the State Board of Labor Relations, State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and…

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Shel D. Myers - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Shel D. Myers

Years of Experience in Employment Litigation: 24 years

The emphasis of Mr. Myers’ practice is defending employers in state and federal court and in administrative tribunals on a variety of employment law issues, including age, disability, sex and race discrimination, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, free speech, defamation, wrongful or retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, wage and hour, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation and family leave act matters. He counsels employers on a range of employment issues…

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Kenneth S. Weinstock - Kainen Escalera & McHale

Kenneth S. Weinstock

Years of Experience in Labor Law: 23 years

Mr. Weinstock represents public and private sector employers exclusively in all aspects of labor relations and employment law before state and federal courts, arbitration boards and state and federal administrative agencies, including the State Board of Labor Relations, State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, American Arbitration Association and Freedom of Information Commission. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and interest arbitrations and prohibited practice complaints…

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