Shel D. Myers - Kainen Escalera & McHale


Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

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


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 claims involving age, disability, sex and race discrimination, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, free speech, defamation, wrongful or retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation and family leave act matters. He counsels employers on a range of employment issues including employee handbooks, drug testing, employee discipline and payment of wages. Mr. Myers also served as a Law Clerk (Intern) to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith.


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. (Dean’s Fellow)

Yale University School of Organization and Management, M.A.

Brandeis University, B.A., summa cum laude. Phi Beta Kappa


State of Connecticut, 1993

District of Connecticut, 1994

Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013

Member: Connecticut and American Bar Associations


Mr. Myers has served as an adjunct professor at Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology at Hartford, lecturing on the employment law implications of designing, developing and staffing high performance organizations. He has also served as Adjunct Professor in the Lawyering Process course at The University of Connecticut School of Law, instructing first year law students about advocacy, counseling and negotiation skills. He has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business Executive Education Program, teaching employment law to graduate students. Mr. Myers regularly conducts seminars for clients and the business community on numerous employment law topics, including best practices for managing employees from hire to fire, sexual harassment awareness training, and employee handbooks.


“Turning Off the Power on Employees: Using Surreptitious Tape-Recordings and E-Mail Intrusions by Employees in Pursuit of Employer Rights” Vol. XXVII, Stetson Law Review, No. 1 at 91 (Summer, 1997); “No Contest Plea is No Excuse,” Connecticut Law Tribune Labor and Employment Law Magazine, November 13, 2000; “Techniques for Managing the Interplay Between Employment Law and Technology,” Connecticut Banking Magazine, Fourth Quarter 2002; “Stemming the Growing Tide of Wage and Hour Suits,” Connecticut Law Tribune, December 23, 2002; “Testing for Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workplace,” Connecticut Banking Magazine, First Quarter 2003.


Since 2013, Mr. Myers has been selected to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Employment Law – Management. Mr. Myers has also been selected as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer® for Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation – Defense from 2011 to the present. In addition, he has received a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” from Martindale-Hubbell.

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