Mary A. Gambardella


Mary A. Gambardella
offices New Haven
phone 203-498-4382
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Mary A. Gambardella is a Partner in the New Haven office and is the Chair of the Labor, Employment and Benefits Department, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee and Chair of the Women's Network Committee.

Ms. Gambardella has decades of experience assisting clients in a wide range of industries, as well as educational institutions, in developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with ever-changing laws and regulations; dealing with employment decisions in all categories, including sensitive discipline and termination processes; complicated leaves of absence under the varying federal and state statutory entitlements; reductions in workforce; and the drafting and negotiation of severance packages. She frequently conducts management and human resource personnel training; conducts and/or oversees internal investigations; assists with all aspects of internal wage/hour audits; and defends clients in connection with investigations conducted by state or federal agencies including departments of labor, OSHA, state human rights commissions and the EEOC. In connection with her representation of educational institutions, Ms. Gambardella has also handled Title IX and Clery Act matters.

Ms. Gambardella is also a seasoned litigator with significant experience before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and regulatory bodies involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage/hour and employment contract claims; including complex, multi-plaintiff claims and class actions involving these issues. Ms. Gambardella has acted as first chair in dozens of bench and jury trials through to verdict. She has also represented clients during numerous mediations and arbitration matters.

In addition to her formal bar and court admissions, she has represented clients in litigation filed in federal and state courts in a number of other states as counsel pro hac vice, including Indiana, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and Virginia.

Ms. Gambardella is the author of Employment Litigation, part of the Employment Law series published by Law Journal Press, which generates two supplements annually. While in law school, she authored Another Victory for the Consumer: Hinchiffe v. American Motors Corp., 3 Bridgeport L. Rev. 381 (1982). She has also authored multiple articles on various employment law topics for publications such as the Connecticut Law Tribune, and Aspatore Books.

Ms. Gambardella has been a frequent lecturer at presentations covering a wide variety of employment law topics hosted by bar associations, human resource organizations, and Chambers of Commerce.

Ms. Gambardella has an AV® Preeminent™ peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell (for more about the standards of inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell, please click here).


  • 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

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)


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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