Nicole Rothgeb


Nicole Rothgeb joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2009.  Her practice is mixed between representing individual employees and labor unions – but for all of her clients, Nicole’s primary goal is to even the playing field and empower workers.  For individuals, Nicole frequently provides counselling and representation in claims involving unlawful treatment related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, leaves of absence, and wrongful termination.  She represents such workers in front of administrative agencies like the CHRO, the DOL, and the EEOC, in mediations and arbitrations, as well as in the federal and state courts, at all stages of trial and appeal.  She also regularly advises, negotiates for, and represents individual employees with issues arising under employment contracts, severance and/or non-compete agreements.  Nicole’s experience representing Union clients includes all aspects of litigating and settling grievances, arbitrations, and administrative matters before the NLRB, the SBLR, the SBMA, the AAA, and in the courts.  She also regularly advises Union leadership and members on contract administration and interpretation, negotiations, and the rights, protections and obligations that are available to unions and their members under applicable labor laws.     

In addition to her duties at LAPM&K, Nicole recently finished a 3-year term serving on the Board of Directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (“AFL-CIO LCC”), a national membership organization of over 2,100 union-side lawyers in more than 500 firms and union legal departments from around the country.  She is also the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association ("CELA"), a nonprofit organization of more than 80 employment law attorneys from throughout the state who are committed to providing quality representation to employees and vindicating employees' rights. She has served on CELA's Executive Board for the last decade.  She is also an Executive Committee Member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.    

Nicole always knew that she wanted to become an attorney to help people.  To that end, she majored in political science and legal studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received her B.A., with honors, in 2000.  She then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law, receiving her J.D., with honors, in 2003.  During her second and third years at UConn, Nicole held elected positions on the Connecticut Law Review and the Connecticut Moot Court Board.  Throughout her college and law school days, Nicole was actively involved in the study of workplace issues and employee rights.  She first worked at LAPM&K as a law clerk while simultaneously interning at a Civil Rights Clinic at the law school where she represented clients in employment and housing discrimination cases.  In recognition of her commitment to the field and her achievements while at UConn Law, Nicole was given several awards in the field of labor and employment law – the Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld Award, the Fleming James, Jr. Award and two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for her course work in Employment Discrimination and in Organizing the Workplace.   

Nicole spent her first two years in practice working in the public interest sector at Connecticut Legal Services.  There, she represented low income individuals and families in securing public welfare and health benefits, advised individuals in employment related matters and represented employees at unemployment compensation hearings and appeals.  Eventually though, Nicole’s dedication to the labor movement and to advancing the rights of workers won out and she returned to LAPM&K in 2005 to practice labor and employment law full time. 

Nicole has had the distinction in each year from 2010 through 2015 of being named by Rosie (BW)">Super Lawyers as one of Connecticut’s "Rising Stars," and as one of the Top Attorneys in New England in the Employment and Labor category each year since 2016.  Nicole was also selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the 2012 "New Leaders in the Law," and was honored as one of Connecticut's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the National Diversity Council at its inaugural Connecticut Diversity and Leadership Conference in 2012. 

Nicole is admitted to practice law in both Connecticut and in Massachusetts, as well as in the Federal District Courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. 

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