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Mirman, J

Jeffrey J. Mirman


For more than forty years Jeff has been a tenacious trial and appellate lawyer and skilled legal strategist known for taking on precedent-setting matters and favorably resolving complicated, hard-to-win cases.

Recognized by Best Lawyers of America® as a leader in Labor and Employment Litigation, Jeff has successfully litigated matters in the state and federal courts, in labor arbitration, and in matters before the NLRB, EEOC, CHRO, and the SBMA. In a milestone case, Jeff persuaded the Connecticut Supreme Court to adopt the mixed-motive analysis and apply it to employment discrimination cases arising under Connecticut law. Levy v. Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, 236 Conn. 96 (1996).

Jeff’s labor and employment experience has not been limited to litigation. He regularly advises and counsels employers on risk avoidance and on matters involving employee relations; wage and hour issues; collective bargaining negotiation, interpretation, and compliance; discrimination; discipline and discharge; preparation of employee manuals and sexual harassment training. He also annually writes a survey of developments in labor and employment law for the Connecticut Bar Journal.

Jeff has litigated numerous real estate disputes. Many of those have involved questions of the rights, if any, of non-waterfront owners to use the land of waterfront owners. He has also handled and tried boundary line disputes, zoning enforcement actions, zoning appeals, and environmental matters.

In the area of trade regulation and business competition Jeff has handled cases involving alleged monopolization, price fixing, theft of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenants, and breach of contract. He has advised companies on anti-trust and other regulatory compliance.

Jeff regularly handles matters before administrative agencies, including the Department of Public Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; the Connecticut Siting Council; and the Department of Consumer Protection.

A skilled appellate lawyer, Jeff has appeared numerous times before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeff has handled no fewer than fourteen cases of first impression in all kinds of matters. By way of example, Jeff:

  • Successfully argued that a spouse in a marital dissolution action has no duty to act to preserve marital assets taken by a third party. Ferri v. Powell-Ferri, 317 Conn. 223 (2015);
  • On behalf of four privately held bus companies persuaded the Court that the Commissioner of Transportation does not have the right to condemn intangible property such as Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity. Dattco, Inc. v. Commissioner of Transportation, 324 Conn. 39 (2016);
  • In the first case argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court under Connecticut’s Affordable Housing Act established the obligation of towns to provide affordable housing. West Hartford Interfaith Coalition v. West Hartford Town Council, 229 Conn. 498 (1994).


Reported Cases

  • Doctor’s Assocs. v. QIP Holder, LLC., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 14687
  • Eder Bros v. Wine Merchants of Conn., Inc., 275 Conn. 363 (2005)
  • Cornfield Point Association v. Town of Old Saybrook, 91 Conn. App. 539 (2005)
  • West Farms Assoc. v. State Traffic Com., 951 F. 2d 469 (2nd Cir. 1991)
  • Hamilton v. Smith, 773 F. 2d 469 (2nd Cir. 1985)
  • Metropolitan Entertainment Co. v. Koplik, 20 F. Supp. 2d 354 (D. Conn. 1998)
  • Valtec Int’l. v. Allied Signal Aero. Co.,1997 U.S. DIST LEXIS 7670 (D. Conn. 1997)
  • ABC, LLC v. State Ethics Comm’n., 264 Conn. 812 (2003)
  • Envirotest Sys. Corp. v. Freedom of Info. Comm’n., 59 Conn. App. 753 (2000)
  • Ferri v. Powell-Ferri, 317 Conn. 223 (2015)
  • Lieberman v. Aronow, 319 Conn. 748 (2016)
  • Cutter Development Corp. v. Peluso, 212 Conn. 107 (1989)
  • Nicotra Wieler Investment Management, Inc., v. Grower, 207 Conn. 441 (1998)
  • Bridgeport Harbour Place LLC v. Ganim, 303 Conn. 205 (2011)
  • Naier v. Beckenstein, 131 Conn. App. 638 (2011)
  • Saint Bernard School of Montville Inc. v. Bank of America, 312 Conn. 811 (2014)
  • Karmelowicz v. First National Supermarkets, Inc., 9 Conn. App. 804 (1986)
  • Gedeon v. First National Supermarkets, Inc., 21 Conn. App. 2V (1990)
  • Capasso Restoration, Inc. v. City of New Haven, 88 Conn. App. 754 (2005)
  • Abington Ltd. Pshp. v. Heublein, 246 Conn. 815 (1998)
  • Med-Trans, Inc. v. Dept. of Pub. Health & Addiction Services, 242 Conn. 152 (1997)
  • Levy v. Comm’n on Human Rights & Opportunities, 236 Conn. 96 (1995)
  • West Hartford Interfaith Coalition v. Town Council, 228 Conn. 498 (1994)
  • Cohen v. Security Title & Guaranty Co., 212 Conn. 436 (1989)
  • Goldstar Med. Servs. v. Dept. of Soc. Services, 288 Conn. 790 (2008)
  • Sams v. Department of Environmental Protection, 308 Conn. 359 (2013)


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2013-Present)
  • Levy & Droney P.C.
    • Partner (1986-2012)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2019-2021) Recognized for Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • West Hartford Interfaith Coalition, Individual Leadership Award

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • American Mock Trial Association, Judge
  • Hartford American Legion Baseball Coach
  • West Hartford Travel Baseball Coach

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Administrative Law Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1984
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia, 1979
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court, 1992

News & Insight


Republican-Controlled NLRB Reverses Obama-Era Rulings

January 3, 2018

In several recent 3-2 decisions, the Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed several Obama-era decisions and policies, permitting franchisors, other corporations such as McDonald’s, and staffing agencies to breathe a collecti…


Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

June 9, 2015

Employers, take note! Passed by ballot initiative, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (“sick leave law”) becomes effective in less than a month—July 1, 2015. The law provides that all employees, including full-time, part-time, and even temporary …


The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Recently Issued Key Decisions Concerning the Commonwealth’s Tips Act and Independent Contractor Statute

June 9, 2015

Two Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) opinions issued last month provide guidance for employers on two important, yet complex, Massachusetts employment statutes: the Tips Act and the independent contractor statute.In Meshna v. Scrivanos (SJC-11618…


EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Other Related Issues

October 14, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued enforcement guidance regarding the obligations of an employer to avoid discriminating against a pregnant employee. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 made it clear that discrimination…

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Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 59 attorneys in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 12 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 10 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inau…

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56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Expands Practice in Hartford with the Addition of Levy & Droney Attorneys

January 2, 2013

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder announced today that more than a dozen lawyers from Levy & Droney, P.C. have joined its Hartford office effective January 1, 2013.The former Levy & Droney attorneys bring to Hinckley Allen significant expertise and years of experie…

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Past Event

Connecticut Labor & Employment Roundtable 2018

January 10, 2018

Join us to discuss the changing landscape and latest legislation changes affecting Connecticut businesses and individuals. Bring your questions for our panelists!MCLE approved. CLE credit will be made available.

Additional Info


  • Survey of Developments in Labor and Employment Law 2015, 90 Connecticut Bar Journal No. 1
  • Survey of Developments in Labor and Employment Law 2011 – 2014, 89 Connecticut Bar Journal No. 2