Albert "Al" Zakarian is a trial lawyer practicing in the areas of employment and business litigation. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. In addition, he has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, including service as an arbitrator and mediator. Al also advises clients on litigation-avoidance strategies and techniques in both complex and highly sensitive disputes.
Al is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is listed in Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business (employment and labor law).
According to the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, "Observers describe him as 'a fabulous lawyer and a great manager, everything about him is A+.' One commentator added: 'He is the consummate professional; a wonderful gentleman and an amazing man.'"
Al's practice publishes Day Pitney's Employer's Law Blog (www.EmployersLawBlog.com), a weblog that presents the latest news in labor, employment, and employee benefits law.
Trials of class actions involving claims of sex, race, and age discrimination and ERISA violations
Defense of high-profile public figures in civil litigation
Counseling employers on employee terminations, reductions in force, and other personnel issues
Investigation and resolution of sex, race, and disability harassment claims
Defense of employers in covenants not to compete, breach of contract, and other employment-related litigation
Defense of insurers in litigation involving agent/insurer disputes and health, life, and disability claims
Service as counsel in arbitrations and mediations of business and employment disputes
Defense of whistleblower claims, including claims under Sarbanes-Oxley
Captain, United States Air Force J.A.G.
Bronze Star (Vietnam)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law, 2017 and for over 20 years
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Lawyer of the Year, 2013-2015
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2010, 2012, 2014-2015
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Employment Litigation, Civil Litigation, Business Litigation 2006-2016
Selected to the list of Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
Selected to the list of Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2007
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading labor and employment attorney, 2009-2016
Selected by the Hartford County Bar Association to receive the President's Award for Excellence, 2012
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award, 2015
Recipient of The Connecticut Law Tribune's Professional Excellence Award, 2016
U.S. District Court, Special Master
U.S. District Court, Para-judicial Officer
Hartford County Bar Foundation, past president
Greater Hartford Legal Aid, director