Glenn W. Dowd


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Glenn Dowd, a partner in Day Pitney's Labor and Employment department, is resident in the firm's Hartford office. Glenn's employment practice involves defending employers against claims such as wrongful discharge and employment discrimination brought before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Glenn also has substantial experience with noncompete litigation in state and federal court. As an active trial lawyer, Glenn frequently tries such cases to juries and before administrative agencies. He also regularly handles employee benefits litigation brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and has substantial appellate advocacy experience as well. Glenn advises employers with regard to all aspects of employment law, including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force, plant closings, employee investigations, sexual harassment, hiring and termination, employment handbooks and policies, wage and hour laws, and privacy issues. He co-authored the legal treatise "Reductions in Force" for BNA Publications.

Glenn regularly represents trustees, beneficiaries, fiduciaries, personal representatives, and creditors in a wide array of probate controversies, handling will contests, conservatorships, testamentary and inter vivos transfer disputes, competency disputes, fiduciary liability claims, domicile change disputes and tax disputes. He regularly tries these matters in the probate and superior courts of Connecticut, and guides clients through mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. Glenn is a frequent lecturer on matters relating to probate controversies. He is a former member of the firm's Executive Board.


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Employment Litigation Matters

Represented employers in 15 jury trials in state and federal court

Represented employers in two contested public hearings before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

Represented employers in class actions and multiple-plaintiff claims, including a 1,500-plaintiff class action under Connecticut wage and hour law; a 28-plaintiff age discrimination and ERISA claim; an 18-plaintiff ERISA severance pay claim; a 10-plaintiff ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claim; and an 11-plaintiff age discrimination and ERISA Section 510 class action that, if certified, would have 111 plaintiffs

Counseled employers on planning and implementing large-scale reductions in force, including layoff selection methodologies, risk assessment and avoidance, and release preparation; counseled over 10 large and midsized employers on implementing voluntary and involuntary reductions in force affecting over 20,000 employees

Represented employers in sophisticated employee benefits litigation, including representation of 23,000 class members in an ERISA-based claim resulting in a recovery of over $40 million, and represented an employer in a 41-plaintiff claim for severance pay in Illinois

Probate Controversies Matters

Obtained an equitable deviation of the trust document governing a major charitable institution from the Connecticut Superior Court following a contested hearing

Represented beneficiaries in undue influence and tortious interference with inheritance claims in Connecticut Superior Court

Represented a beneficiary against wrongful death claims in contested probate court proceedings

Represented administrators against creditor claims in contested probate court proceedings



Education and Credentials

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., High Honors, 1989
Central Connecticut State University, B.S., cum laude, 1984
State of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
American Board of Trial Advocates, Connecticut Chapter, Member
Connecticut Superior Court, attorney trial referee and attorney fact finder
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, Special Master

Recognition and Community


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Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law - Management, 2023-2024, Labor and Employment Litigation, 2023-2024

Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), General Litigation, 2006-2023

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell




Member of the board of trustees of the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut