Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds, Esq. is chair of Pullman & Comley LLC’s Labor and Employment Law & Employee Benefits Department. His practice includes counseling on and litigating business, labor and employment, civil rights matters and municipal law. His national practice is concentrated in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts (among other jurisdictions). His experience includes trials to verdict/judgment in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals, as well as extensive lecturing and consulting on trial practice, contract, labor, employment and municipal law issues. Attorney Hawks-Ladds also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements. He is cited as authority in Covenants Not to Compete: A State by State Survey, 2005 Supplement.
Attorney Hawks-Ladds is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell; listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation – labor and employment, and labor law – management since 2011; ranked by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers to Businesses in Labor and Employment; and has been a “Super Lawyer” since 2006 in the area of employment and labor.
Attorney Hawks-Ladds is the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. For over a decade, Attorney Hawks-Ladds authored the Connecticut Bar Association’s official treatise on labor and employment law, “Labor Relations and Employment Law: Developments in Connecticut,” published annually in the Connecticut Bar Journal. He lectures annually to the Connecticut Bar Association’s for its “Annual Survey of Labor and Employment Cases.” He has been interviewed for commentary on labor issues in periodicals nationwide. A sampling of Attorney Hawks-Ladds’s published articles include: “May State Employees Sue Their Employer for Damages under FMLA’s Family Care Provision?” (PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases, January 4, 2003); “Legality of Personality Tests Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” (Connecticut Lawyer, June/July 2007); “Midstream Covenants Not to Compete: Is Continued Employment Enough?” (Connecticut Lawyer, June/July 2005); “Does Actionable Emotional Distress Exist in the Connecticut Workplace?” (Connecticut Lawyer, October 2002). He also served as an adjunct instructor on human resources management at Saint Joseph College from 2001 to 2004.