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Education

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
  • B.A., Lafayette College, Economics and Business

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section

Craig M. Bonnist

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Craig Bonnist counsels and litigates on behalf of employers concerning their employment disputes before the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local discrimination agencies. He also litigates compensation claims at arbitrations before FINRA, JAMS and the AAA. Craig has successfully litigated numerous cases through verdict and has obtained notable and published decisions. He has successfully defended his clients in breach of contract and restrictive covenant claims as well as discrimination and retaliation claims that includes allegations of sexual harassment, race, disability, gender and age discrimination.

Craig regularly negotiates and drafts employment contracts as well as separation, release, confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.

In addition to handling employment and compensation matters, Craig also defends and counsels businesses on contract and other commercial litigation matters before the federal and state courts in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Craig has been active in the legal community since beginning his legal career in 1991 with the firm Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson in its Manhattan office. In 1997, he launched his own practice, and became a founding partner in the firm Bonnist & Cutro, LLP. He successfully managed the firm until joining McCarter & English. Craig formerly served as a Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and is currently a member of the Labor and Employment Section with the American Bar Association.

Craig lectures and commentates often on issues affecting employers. He has been a CNBC contributor, offered employment advice in several financial publications, and presented on Employment Law topics in connection with several Continuing Legal Education programs. He recently authored a chapter titled “The Objectives of Employment Agreements and the Inclusion and Drafting of Effective Provisions to Fulfill Those Objectives” in the 2015-2016 edition of the book Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements.

Speaking

12/03/14
Race to the Finish Line: McCarter & English December CLE Series (Newark)