Burton Kainen - Kainen, Escalera & McHale


Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

21 Oak Street, Suite 601
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 493-0870
Facsimile: (860) 493-0871
E-mail: bkainen@kemlaw.com


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. Mr. Kainen’s employment litigation practice is also extensive. He has represented clients throughout the Eastern United States and has been lead counsel on jury trials in Federal and State courts in New York and Connecticut. His trial experience covers virtually the entire range of employment issues including contract, tort and statutory discrimination claims. Mr. Kainen is an active practitioner of ADR and served as one of six instructors at a national demonstration program on Employment Mediation Training held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators.


St. Lawrence University, BA (1964); Columbia University, MBA (1966); University of Connecticut, JD (1971).


Connecticut, 1971; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1971; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1975; District of Columbia, 1980.


Chairman, Membership and Finance, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law (1986-1992); Chairman, American Bar Association Committee on ADR in Labor and Employment Law (1982-1985); Member, American Bar Association Committee on International Labor Law; Sub-Committee Chairman, American Bar Association Committee on Employment Litigation (1991 – current); Connecticut Bar Association Labor Law Committee; Connecticut Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1985-1987); President, Industrial Relations Research Association, CT Valley Chapter (2001-2003). Instructor: American Bar Association Labor Arbitration Advocacy Program; University of Connecticut (several different subjects). Frequent speaker to business and professional groups on labor and employment law topics.


Author: “Political Forces in Public Sector Collective Bargaining,” Catholic University Law Review, 1972; “Standards of Proof in Employment Law,” Connecticut Bar Journal, 1983; “Using Surreptitious Tape-Recordings and E-Mail Intrusions…”, Labor Law Journal, 1997; contributing author: Labor Arbitrator Development, BNA, 1983; A Handbook for Connecticut Elected Officials, University of Connecticut, 1985; Labor Arbitration, A Practice Guide For Advocates, BNA, 1990; Employment Litigation Handbook, ABA, 1998.


Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Special Master, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1974; Listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1987 in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law – Management; Listed for 2007-2016 as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer®: Employment and Labor.

Mr. Kainen was also named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Hartford Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

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