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Education

  • J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2006
  • B.A., Ramapo College, cum laude, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member, Rebuilding Together Hartford

Sami Asaad

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Associate
  • T: 860.275.6708
    F: 860.560.5990

As a member of the Labor and Employment group, Sami Asaad assists employers facing the myriad challenges presented in today’s rapidly evolving workplace. In addition to traditional labor and employment issues, such as union-avoidance, equal employment opportunity, and wage and hour compliance, Mr. Asaad counsels employers on and drafts creative human resources policies addressing a wide range of modern issues, including workplace privacy and social media, employee computer abuse, and employee whistleblowers.

Whether in federal and state courts, administrative agencies, or arbitration, Mr. Asaad defends employers against suits and other claims brought by employees and unions. Such claims include allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, and federal and state statutory violations.

Additionally, to help protect employers’ investment in customer relationships, trade secrets, confidential information, and other good will, Mr. Asaad drafts and litigates restrictive covenants agreements including covenants not-to-compete, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

Mr. Asaad was named a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013-2016, and a 2015 "Connecticut New Leader of the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Click here for their methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

National Retailer
Obtained an affirmance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of summary judgment in favor of our client. The court rejected the argument of a job applicant plaintiff that the company’s policy against hiring individuals convicted of felony drug offenses in the position in which he applied was just a pretext for national origin or sex discrimination.
Represented National Retailer in Putative Class Action
Represented a national retailer in a putative class action asserted on behalf of hourly workers in the retailer’s New York stores and obtained on summary judgment a complete dismissal of the action. We successfully narrowed discovery to a single issue of first impression in New York—whether deli department workers inside a large retail store are “restaurant” workers potentially eligible for additional wages under New York wage law. The outcome could have impacted the retailer’s New York stores significantly and potentially affected other retailers.

Speaking

05/19/16
12/09/14
12/03/14
to the Finish Line: McCarter & English December CLE Series (Newark)
11/19/14
Connecticut Bar Association’s Franchise and Distribution Law Committee