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Partner - Brenda A. Eckert

Brenda A. Eckert

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Brenda Eckert practices in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights, employment law litigation, and employment-based immigration law before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has successfully defended public and private sector employers, including both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, against employment law claims. These cases include the full range of employment issues including the defense of contract claims, discrimination claims and related state tort claims. In order to avoid employment law claims or to maximize an employer's chances of successfully defending such claims, Brenda regularly engages in counseling clients on employment law matters.

Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law (2013-2017)
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Inn of Court: Lifetime Bencher
  • Special Master, Connecticut Superior Court Domestic Relations Division
  • Former Co-Chair, United States District Court Special Master Program
  • Grievance Committee for the United States District Court of Connecticut
  • Awardee, University of Connecticut Law Review, Award for Legal Scholarship and Service (2004)
  • Connecticut Law Review, Board of Editors

Professional Affiliations

  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation: Former President and Trustee
  • Wheeler Clinic: Former Board Member
  • Mystic Chamber of Commerce
  • Whiting Estates Association, Inc.: President, Board of Directors
  • Hartford College for Women: Former Trustee

Liquor Permit Applications for Hotels and Restaurants

Liquor permit applications for major hotels and reataurant chains, including new permits, substitute permittee applications and renewal applications. Representation before Commission on liquor control violations and remonstrances. New application process involves timing the filing with liquor control commission based on client business objectives and preparation of the application, including: (a) obtaining all required information for individual permittee and backer (including individual officers and shareholders of privately -held backers), (b) obtaining financial information for individual permittee and backer; (c) obtaining all consents for the backer; (d) obtaining CT sales tax permit, (e) obtaining zoning approval from appropriate town zoning officer; (f) obtaining health code approval from appropriate town official; (g) obtaining local fire marshal’s inspection and approval (h) obtaining approval from appropriate town clerks; (i) providing photographs to the commission; and (j) coordinating of publication and placard notices.

Publications

May 17, 2017  Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Documents
May 16, 2017  A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?
May 2, 2017  USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
April 19, 2017  Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
March 8, 2017  President Trump Issues March 6th Executive Order Revising Travel Ban
February 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement
February 10, 2017  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 7, 2017  Oral Argument Scheduled for Today on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 2, 2017  Executive Orders Regarding Immigration
November 28, 2016, Updated February 3, 2017  USCIS Releases A Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
October 26, 2016  USCIS Increases Application and Petition Filing Fees as of December 23, 2016
May 6, 2016  Approaching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's New STEM OPT Extension Regulations with Caution
October 1, 2015  Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program
July 24, 2015  USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation
October 22, 2013  Employers Given Until November 5 to Create E-Verify Cases for Employees Hired During Government Shutdown
May 6, 2013  New Changes for New Hires: The New I-9 Form

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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1967

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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