Frederick L. Dorsey - Kainen Escalera & McHale


Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

21 Oak Street, Suite 601
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 493-0870
Facsimile: (860) 493-0871


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 focuses his practice in the area of labor and education law, representing municipalities and boards of education in all aspects of  labor relations and school-related claims, including contract administration, grievance and interest arbitration, prohibited practice and discrimination matters. Mr. Dorsey is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Bridgeport, teaching school law in the graduate education program.


Coast Guard Academy
New London, Connecticut, 1971-1973

Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia, B.A., cum laude, 1976

University of New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut, M.B.A. 1978

Western New England College School of Law
Springfield, Massachusetts, J.D., 1984


Connecticut, 1984, United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1985, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Bridgeport, Professor of School Law

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on State and Local

Government Bargaining Employment Law

Past President, Connecticut School Attorneys Council and the National School Boards

Association Council of Attorneys

American Arbitration Association, Participant in the Labor Arbitration Advocacy Program

Connecticut Police Chiefs Association

American Association of School Personnel Administrators


Co-author, “An Analysis of the ‘No Strike Clause’ in Contemporary Collective Bargaining agreements,” published in the Western New England Law Review in 1984. Frequent lecturer and author on a wide range of public and private sector labor relations matters. Presenter on school collective bargaining and litigation issues for the Connecticut School Attorneys Council, school board legal liabilities and negotiations strategies and procedures for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, school law issues for the National Business Institute, LRP Publications, Connecticut and American Association of School Personnel Administrators, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, and special education law and Section 504 requirements for the Medical Education Services, Inc. Professional Development Network.


Mr. Dorsey has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of their “New York Area Best Lawyers” in the area of special education law. Mr. Dorsey has also been selected by his peers in every year since 2008, to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Labor Law – Management; Education. In addition, Mr.Dorsey has been named the Best Lawyers 2014 Hartford Education Law “Lawyer of the Year” and has received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell.

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