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About Our Legal Team

Attorney Gene N. Axelrod

Email: eaxelrod@axelrodlegal.com

Attorney Gene N. Axelrod began his law career in 1977 in New York City, where he practiced with the premier law firm of Phillip, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim and Ballon managing litigation on behalf of multi-national and other Fortune 500 corporations, including Occidental Petroleum, Exxon Shell Oil Company and Heldor Industries. He has been a senior litigator with the top tier, national employment law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green in both the main Park Avenue, New York City office and the Connecticut office located in Stamford. Attorney Axelrod moved to Connecticut to become a partner at the New Haven Law firm of Evans and Baldwin.

While at Evans and Baldwin, Axelrod created and managed a successful commercial litigation department. Thereafter, he became a named partner in the law firm of Levin, Ford, Paulekas & Axelrod located in Hartford, Connecticut devoting himself to sophisticated employment discrimination cases, commercial representation of national, regional and local financial institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Well before many others Attorney Axelrod perceived the need to offer individuals the kind of aggressive legal representation routinely provided to corporate business clients.

To provide a level playing field, in 1988, Attorney Axelrod founded a law firm devoted solely to represent individuals and groups adversely affected by discriminatory activities and related improper actions occurring in the workplace. The law firm offers a variety of services designed to protect and promote the rights of its clients including well thought out advice, creative resolution alternatives other than litigation as well as providing aggressive, high caliber litigation services that are a match for the largest law firms in Connecticut or national law firms.

Attorney Axelrod has decades of experience successfully representing clients in federal and state administrative hearings and regulatory agencies, mediation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and litigation in the federal and state courts throughout Connecticut. Acting on behalf of clients, he has aggressively asserted his clients rights against numerous local, national and international employers, many municipalities, including cities and towns, labor unions, school systems, utilities, not for profit entities and other forms of private and public business entities.

Our founding lawyer, Mr. Axelrod, has long been a member of the Bar Associations of Connecticut and New York. Among his honors, Axelrod received the "Leader of Litigation" award from The American Bar Association. He has been a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, New York County Lawyers Association, Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, The Connecticut Committee on Gender Equity, the American Bar Association and its Employment Law and Litigation Divisions.

Attorney Michael McMinn

Email: mmcminn@axelrodlegal.com

Prior to joining Axelrod & Associates LLC, Michael had been a tenth year Senior Associate Attorney, performing a variety of complex litigation, at a law firm in Stamford, CT. As a Senior Associate Attorney, he developed significant expertise in the area of employment law, including litigation of wrongful termination claims; Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") violations; all forms of employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, and retaliation. Among other clients, he gained significant trial and litigation experience, working with a national, well known insurance carrier, defending their insureds in various matters. As an associate at Axelrod & Associates LLC, he devotes his practice to representing clients with workplace discrimination issues. Within his scope of practice Michael has litigated claims with local agencies including: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO); the Connecticut Department of Labor; and both the federal and state courts. Michael also brings additional expertise in the areas of personal injury matters.

Michael received his B.S. in Sociology of Science, graduating cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University in 2001, received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2004 and is licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut and New York.

Paralegal Karen Dixon

Email: kdixon@axelrodlegal.com

Karen Dixon is an experienced certified paralegal with over 17 years of knowledge in the legal field and has worked for the United States Federal Defenders Office. She is well versed in the area of federal and state litigation. During her career she also has been involved with personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal law, estate planning, and real estate. She joined Axelrod & Associates, LLC in 2011 where she has applied her considerable experience to the area of discrimination and labor law.

Her background, knowledge, and experience all combine to make her proficient in all aspects of the litigation process including filing of discrimination complaints with the Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, drafting filings in state and federal courts, managing discovery issues, deposition preparation, document productions, and extensive legal research. Mrs. Dixon received certification in Paralegal Studies from Branford Hall Career Institute in 1997.

Our Decades of Experience

At Axelrod & Associates, has successfully represented clients against national and international corporations as well as many smaller for profit and not for profit businesses. With 47 years of combined experience, we have aggressively represented employees against many towns, and cities including their different departments such as water, sanitation highway library, tax, fire, police and different clerical departments. When deemed appropriate litigation has been brought against many State of Connecticut departments and agencies.

Axelrod & Associates has brought failure to represent cases against unions for inadequately representing their own members and conversely replaced union representation in arbitrations. Our clients have been teachers, nurses, psychologists, doctors and employees of Boards of Education. Below is a partial listing list of the entities from which we have successfully obtained remedies for our clients. To determine if we can help you, please contact us today. Remember, there is no limit to the size of the corporation, municipality, union, company or other legal entity we have in the past and continue to assist you with. At Axelrod & Associates we are committed to asserting your rights and interests under the law no matter the employer!

Companies/Entities We've Litigated Against

Municipalities

City of Stamford City of New Haven City of Norwalk
City of Bridgeport City of Hartford City of Meriden
City of Ansonia City of Waterbury City of West Haven
City of Derby City of Danbury Town of Watertown
Town of Fairfield Town of Greenwich Town of Ridgefield
Town of Newtown Town of Milford Town of North Haven
Town of Stratford Town of Wallingford Town of Oxford
Town of Fairfield Town of Greenwich Town of Ridgefield
Town of Newtown Town of Milford Town of North Haven
Town of Greenwich New Haven Housing Authority Milford Housing Authority
Greenwich Housing Authority Meriden Housing Authority

Hospitals and Health Care Agencies

Yale New Haven Hosptial St. Raphael's Hospital St. Vincent's Hospital
CT Valley Hospital Milford Hospital Griffin Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital Danbury Hospital Waterbury Hospital
Midstate Medical Center Oxford Health Care Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut
Hospital of Central Connecticut Wadsworth Glen Healthcare Brookwood Manor
Benchmark Assisted Living Genesis Healthcare Aetna Healthcare
Southwest Community Health Care Center Silver Hill Hospital Western CT Mental Health Network
Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center Also Cornerstone, Inc. Concentra Health Services
Benchmark Assisted Living Genesis Healthcare Aetna Healthcare
Southwest Community Health Care Center Silver Hill Hospital Western CT Mental Health Network
Triad Health Care

State and Government Agencies

New Haven Police Department Town of Guilford Police Department City of Meriden Fire Department
State of CT Department of Children and Families State of CT Department of Transportation State of CT Department of Corrections
State of CT Department of Labor State of CT Department of Developmental Services Central CT Association for Retarded Citizens

School Districts, Boards and Universities

Yale University Gateway Community College University of New Haven
BayPath College Tietkyo Post University Quinnipiac University
School District of New Britain New Haven School Board of Education Danbury School Board of Education
Hartford School Board of Education Cheshire School Board of Education Branford School Board of Education
Stratford School Board of Education

Corporations

Lenscrafters The Coca Cola Companies Pepperidge Farm
ESPN United Illuminating Northeast Utilities
United Health Care Verizon Wireless Omnicom Corporation
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation American Heat Treating Sprint
Sears Roebuck and Company Cendant United Technologies Corp.
NEC Bloomingdale's J. C. Penny
GameStop New Opportunities, Inc. First Student Bus Company
Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Brookwood Manor Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Branford Hall Career Institute AMR Ambulance Service Bristol Meyers
BIC USA, Inc. Wal-Mart Stores Pfizer
Rite Aid CVS Pharmacy Home Depot
Lowes Home Improvement Pitney Bowes The Connection, Inc.
Premier Subaru Exel Direct, Inc. Ryder Truck Company
Exxon Mobile Northeast Utilities Systems Comcast Cable Corporation
Verizon Wireless Cintas Corporation FAVOR, Inc.
Hartford Insurance Company Delta Ray Incorporation Bozzuto, Inc.
Keller-Williams Realty Alliance Keller-Williams International SOHO Hair Group and Day Spa
AT&T Express Scripts STORK Prints America, Inc.
VCA Cheshire Open Solutions, Inc. VCA Shoreline
Advanced Overhead Doors Securitas Security, Inc. New Breed Logistics
RC Bigelow Cytex Industries, Inc. Latex International
Sikorsky Helicopter Support Services Schwan's Consumer Brand of North America, Inc. Oxford Health and Olympus Health Care
Advanced Overhead Doors Securitas Security, Inc. New Breed Logistics
RC Bigelow Cytex Industries, Inc. Latex International
Batesville Casket Company Gartner Group Better Business Bureau

Financial Institutions

Wachovia Bank, N.A. Webster Bank New Alliance Bank
Peoples Bank Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Unions

Teamsters Local 443 Teamsters Local 1150
CT State Employees Association (SEIU) Local 2001 North Haven Public Works Employee Union, Local 58
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