John G. Zandy


John G. Zandy
office New Haven
phone 203-498-4330


John Zandy is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department, and has extensive experience representing employers in high stakes and complex labor and employment matters.  He has been a partner with the firm since 1987, and previously served as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of Labor in New York City.  John was also a partner for many years with a law firm in New York City where he was engaged in a national practice representing employers in labor and employment matters.  John has a special concentration in labor relations, including National Labor Relations Board proceedings, collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and union organizing campaigns, but he also devotes a significant part of his practice to defending employers in cases involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and OSHA violations.  He is also a resource to his clients on "HR" issues such as discipline and discharge, wage and hour, FMLA, employment and non-competition agreements and ADA compliance.

Due to the many changes initiated by the OFCCP over the last several years, John's practice representing federal contractors and subcontractors has continued to expand to meet the additional obligations that clients now have. Working with Robin Martocci, the firm's Affirmative Action Specialist, this practice group has experience in a wide variety of industries with producing affirmative action plans, providing technical assistance, and defending contractors in OFCCP compliance audits, including the desk and on-site phases.

John's practice is broad and involves a wide range of industries including health care (hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, and emergency medical services), manufacturing, newspapers, technology, other service industries, banks, public utilities and non-profit organizations. He also has extensive experience representing colleges, universities, and other private educational institutions in labor and employment matters, and with student matters such as student discipline, ADA compliance, sexual assault and harassment, Title IX, handbooks and policies.

Since 2006, John has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law  and has been named New Haven Labor Law-Management "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and 2014 (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here and for Lawyer of the Year, please click here). John is also recognized as a "Leader in Their Field," by Chambers in the category of labor and employment (for more information about the standards for inclusion in Chambers USA, please click here). John has also been selected for inclusion in the 2014 New England Super Lawyers Magazine for his work in the Employment and Labor practice area (for more information about the standards for inclusion, please click here).

John is the past Chair of the Labor, Employment and Benefits Department and lectures frequently on labor and employment law issues.


  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section


09.11.2017EEO-1 Update
02.03.2017Affirmative Action Update: Disability Self-Identification Form
12.20.2016Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review
11.23.2016Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting New Overtime Regulations On Hold
10.28.2016EEOC Revises EEO-1 Report to Include Summary Pay Data
10.06.2016DOL and FAR Issue Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673
02.05.2016Important Regulatory Changes on the Horizon
01.29.2016U.S. Department of Labor Expansively Defines FLSA Joint Employment in New Guidance
01.04.2016IRS Extends the Due Dates for 2015 Information Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 In IRS Notice 2016-4
12.28.2015Employment Law 2015 - Year In Review
11.23.2015Affirmative Action Update: Changes to Jurisdictional Thresholds Obligating Federal Contractors
09.03.2015NLRB Broadens Joint Employer Test to Include Indirect Control
02.06.2015Changes to Veteran Self-Identification and Reporting
11.12.2014Big Changes to the OFCCP's Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
09.23.2014Proposed Rule Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies
08.19.2014OFCCP Proposed Rule to Collect Pay Data/Addition of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Protected Groups
08.04.2014OFCCP Releases Newly Revised FAQ Sheets
03.24.2014OFCCP Makes Section 503 Self-ID Form User Friendly
03.24.2014VEVRAA and Section 503 Regulations Now In Effect
01.16.2013Projecting the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Connecticut Employers
06.28.2012Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
11.11.2011OFCCP Compliance Audit Update

Published Works

04.27.2015The NLRB's New Work Rules GuidanceConnecticut Law Tribune
09.15.2010The Curious Case Of Pharma Sales Reps And The FLSA Law360
09.01.2000Ten Steps to Help Employers Avoid Employment-Related Legal Problems


11.20.2017Super Lawyers Recognize 37 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.05.2017Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.31.2016Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.21.2015Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.29.2014Super Lawyers Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.27.2014Chambers USA Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.07.2013Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut and Nationwide Categories
01.16.2013Best Lawyers Names Six Wiggin and Dana Partners as "Lawyers of the Year"
06.19.2012Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut, New York and Nationwide Categories
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
09.13.2011Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 32 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.17.2011Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana In Connecticut and Nationwide Practice Areas
06.17.2010Wiggin and Dana Ranked in 2010 Edition of Chambers USA
10.04.2005Twenty-Two Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2006
06.17.2004Wiggin and Dana Attorneys and Practices Ranked Among Nation's Best

office New Haven
phone 203-498-4330



  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1974, With Honors
  • New York University Graduate School of Law, LL.M., Labor Law, 1975, Recipient of Elias Lieberman Labor Law Fellowship
  • Miami University, B.A., 1970


  • Connecticut
  • New York

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