Mary A. Gambardella


Mary A. Gambardella
offices New Haven
phone 203-498-4382
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Mary brings decades of experience in helping clients comply with ever-changing labor laws and regulations, as well as manage employment challenges such as sensitive terminations, sexual harassment, reductions in workforce, discrimination, and severance agreements. She is a proactive resource for clients seeking her counsel on a variety of human resource issues before they become a costly crisis, as well as a fierce advocate when crises arise.

Mary is Chair of the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department and regularly represents employers in state and federal court litigation, administrative and regulatory proceedings, and mediations and arbitrations. She handles all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage/hour, and employment contract claims. She has handled complex, multi-plaintiff claims and class actions and has first-chaired dozens of bench and jury trials through to verdict.

Mary regularly assists clients in developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with ever-changing regulations. She frequently conducts management and human resource personnel training, leads internal investigations, assists with wage audits, and defends clients under investigation by state or federal agencies, including departments of labor, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state human rights commissions, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has also handled Title IX and Clery Act matters.

Mary is the author of Employment Litigation (part of the Employment Law series published by the Law Journal Press) and is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of employment law topics hosted by bar associations, human resource organizations, and Chambers of Commerce. She has an AV® Preeminent™ peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by Super Lawyers® in Connecticut.

Diversity is another passion of Mary's. She is Co-chair of the Diversity Committee, for which she drafted the firm's first Diversity Plan.


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • The Voice of the Defense Bar, Trial Tactics Committee


05.10.2018Connecticut Bans Employers From Inquiring About Applicants' Pay History
01.18.2018DOL Adopts Less Stringent Internship Test Under FLSA
08.29.2017Federal Law Does Not Preempt Employee Protections under Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Law
08.21.2017Connecticut Expands Protections for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants
05.12.2017New York City's Freelance Law Goes Into Effect
03.31.2017Connecticut Supreme Court Confirms That Independent Contractors Are Not "Misclassified" Employees Simply Because They Only Work For One Company
12.20.2016Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review
11.23.2016Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting New Overtime Regulations On Hold
07.14.2016Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Connecticut Employers
05.13.2016If Your Business Wants to Reap the Full Benefits of the New Federal Trade Secret Misappropriation Law, You Need to Update Your Confidentiality Agreements. ASAP.
04.18.2016Start Spreading the News: Paid Family Leave and $15 Minimum Wage Coming to New York
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
11.21.2014It's Time (Really!) To Prepare For Increased Whistleblowing Activity
01.16.2013Projecting the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Connecticut Employers
11.15.2012The SEC's Second Annual Report On Its Whistleblower Program Reemphasizes The Need To Be Prepared For Increased Whistleblowing Activity
11.21.2011The SEC's Whistleblower Program: Are You Prepared?
01.19.2011Update on the EEOC's Targeting of Systemic Discrimination Practices
08.23.2010Non-Competition Agreements and Professional Networking Sites

Published Works

08.28.2018Wage and Hour Fundamentals: "A Guide for Early Stage Companies"The National Law Review
07.25.2016How To Reap the Benefits of the New Federal Trade Secret Misappropriation LawConnecticut Law Tribune
01.26.2015An Aggressive Stance on Settlement Agreement ProvisionsConnecticut Law Tribune, Employment and Immigration Law Special Section
04.23.2012Whistleblowers Gain Enhanced ProtectionConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 38, No. 17
06.01.2010The Importance of Proper Employment Agreement DraftingInside the Minds: Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements, 2010 Edition
04.26.2010Free Help Comes With A PriceConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 36, No. 17
06.18.2009EEOC Takes a Look at the Big PictureConnecticut Law Tribune, April 27, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 17
06.18.2009Legal Considerations for Reductions in WorkforceCenter for Family Business, February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1
06.01.2002Employment LitigationLaw Journal Press
06.01.1982Another Victory for the Consumer: Hinchiffe v. American Motors Corp.3 Bridgeport L. Rev. 381 (1982)


06.06.2018Client Briefing: Labor and Employment Update
04.18.2018The Latest Developments in Wage and Hour Law: What Employers Need to Know
04.17.2018CTAHE Annual Women's Conference 2018
"Exploring a New Generation: Leadership and Gender Dynamics"
11.30.2017Connecticut Technology Council 2017 HR Forum Series: "Best Practices for Talent Acquisition and Retention
11.29.2017Sexual Harassment in the Headlines: Don't Let Your Company Be Next
09.07.2017Accelerate Your Business - Navigating Your Onboarding Process: Employment Law Basics for the Early Stage Company
06.29.2017Navigating Your Onboarding Process: Employment Law Basics for the Early Stage Company
06.13.2017Avoiding the ADA Landmines: Who Is "Qualified"; Whare Are "Essential Functions" and "Reasonable Accomodations"
05.04.2016How to Conduct Effective Internal Investigations
03.22.2016Top Ten Most Recommended Handbook/Policy Changes for 2016
03.11.2016The Impact of Social Movements on the Workplace
06.16.2015EEOC's Recent Initiatives
05.12.2015Executive Presence: Behaving and Performing as a Leader
04.23.20152015 Connecticut Cyber and Privacy Forum
02.04.2015New Year's Resolutions (New Haven)
09.30.2014Are You Ready for the Agency Audit?
06.04.20145th Annual Private Club Executive Symposium
05.21.2014Playing to Win: It`s Not Your Mother`s Playground Anymore
03.27.2014When Hollywood Comes to Connecticut
11.13.2013The Performance Management Process: It's More Than the Annual Review
05.08.2013Fourth Annual Private Club Executive Symposium
10.26.2012Does the New Regulatory Environment and Developing Culture of Whistleblowing Create a Perfect Storm for Corporate Exposure?
11.28.2011Ten Steps to Avoid Employment Related Legal Problems
04.20.20102010 Corporate Compliance Conference

offices New Haven
phone 203-498-4382
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  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., 1983, cum laude
  • Albertus Magnus College, B.A., 1980, magna cum laude


  • Connecticut
  • New York


  • New York Supreme Courts, Appellate Division, 1st Department
  • State of Connecticut
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)
  • US Supreme Court

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