John G. Zandy


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


John brings a unique set of skills to his labor and employment law practice at the firm as a result of his previous work in both the federal government and the private sector. Before entering private practice, John served as an attorney in the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana, John was a partner in a New York City law firm, where he was engaged in a national practice representing employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. The insights John gained from his broad and extensive experience has contributed to the success he has achieved handling all kinds of high-stakes and complex labor and employment cases for his clients before the DOL and the NLRB, as well as in all other labor and employment law forums.

John is a Partner in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department, where he practices in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a concentration in labor relations such as in NLRB proceedings, collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and union organizing campaigns. He also regularly defends employers in matters involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and OSHA violations. He is also a valuable resource for clients dealing with complex human resource issues such as discipline and discharge, wage and hour, FMLA, employment and non-competition agreements, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Working with Robin Martocci (the firm's Affirmative Action Specialist), his group prepares affirmative action plans, provides technical assistance, and defends federal contractors in all phases of OFCCP compliance audits.

John's practice spans industries such as health care, manufacturing, publishing, financial services, technology, public utilities, and nonprofit organizations. He also has significant experience representing colleges, universities, and other private educational institutions in labor and employment matters and in student matters such as student discipline, ADA compliance, sexual assault and harassment, Title IX, handbooks, and policies.

John, who is the past Chair of the Labor, Employment and Benefits Department, is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment law issues. He is regularly honored as a "Leader in Their Field" in labor and employment in Chambers' annual listings and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law. John was named New Haven Labor Law-Management "Lawyer of the Year" and is regularly included in the listings of New England Super Lawyers.


  • 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


08.15.2018Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 29 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.04.2018Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
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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