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Gary S. Starr


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Gary Starr provides practical advice to a wide range of clients in the private and public sector, bringing over 30 years of experience to counseling clients in traditional labor relations matters as well as human relations problems. His experience helps clients avoid the "big mistakes" as well as the day-to-day hassles.

Gary also defends employers in state and federal courts, regularly appearing before judges, juries, and administrative agencies. He provides strategic and creative approaches to difficult employee issues, seeking practical solutions and aggressively litigating where and when necessary. Gary is the author of many articles on labor relations matters, including articles which regularly appear in the Connecticut Association of Nonprofit's newsletter. He is a frequent speaker to business and professional groups on labor and employment law topics.


  • President’s Award Recipient for Community Service, Hebrew High School of New England (2016)
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment & Labor (2007-2019)
  • Volunteer of the Year: Union College, Admissions Department (2002)
  • Editor, Connecticut Law Review (1974-1975)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section; Federal Bar Section

Community Involvement

  • The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity: Nominating Sub-Committee Chair, Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award (2007), Committee Member (2006-2011)
  • Beth El Temple, West Hartford: President (2009-2011); Vice President (2005-2009); Past President, Board Member (2011-present), Personnel Committee (1995-present); Endowment Fund Board of Trustees (1997-2011)
  • Greater Hartford Jewish Federation: Allocation Committee (2000-2004, 2013 to present); Long Range Planning Committee (2011-present) Vice Chair, Long Range Planning (2013-present); Community Trustee (2011-present)
  • Jewish Association for Community Living: President (2002-2004); Vice President (1998-2002); Board of Trustees
  • Greater Hartford Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation Aim Chai Endowment Campaign, Executive Committee Member (2013-present)
  • Union College: Coordinator, Alumni Interviewing
  • Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Inc.: Board of Trustees (2005-2016)

Defense of Age Discrimination Case Before Federal Court

Won summary judgment for manufacturer in federal court age discrimination arising from a corporate downsizing in which 30 year employee claimed work she had done was assigned to a younger employee and that she was capable for performing the work of that employee and others.

Enforcing Non-Competition Agreement in Federal Court

Enforced in federal court a non-competition agreement against a former employee who claimed that the work he was being hired to do was not competitive as the new employer was involved in a different approach to gathering information on the internet.


Successful Representation Against Union Organizing Effort by Adjunct Faculty
Guidance Regarding Staff Layoffs
Successful Settlement in Faculty Termination Suit
Successful Resolution of Discrimination Claim against Independent College
Provided Counsel Regarding Employee Termination and Severance Terms and Agreements
General Guidance Regarding Union Organizing by Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Students
Represent executives in negotiating employment agreement and separation packages
Defended Municipality in Reverse Discrimination Claim
Advised employers and negotiated plant shutdown with unions
Won Second Circuit appeals challenging on Constitutional grounds changes made in labor contracts and pension plans
Obtained dismissal by the NLRB in Iowa of unfair practices claim brought by union challenging changes to contractual benefits
Defense of Age Discrimination Case Before Federal Court
Litigated and won claims brought by retirees that their medical benefits and pension benefits should be enhanced on behalf of municipal employers
Negotiated limits on the extent former employees can compete
Enforced non-competition agreements in federal and state courts
Won summary judgment in termination cases involving age and disability claims in Ohio and Connecticut
Negotiate and resolve disputes challenging employers' selections in downsizing
Represented employers in workers compensation retaliation claims
Defended employers in claims of breach of employment based on employer policies and handbooks
Settle federal court actions challenging employer decisions in disability cases involving determination of the essential job functions and the scope of reasonable accommodations
Successfully defend challenge to employers' selections in downsizing in federal court
Advise private sector employers on the analysis and selection process for conducting downsizing of organization
Enforcing Non-Competition Agreement in Federal Court
Obtained dismissal before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in age, sex and race discrimination cases
Municipal Pension Benefit Offsets Successfully Defended
Litigated and negotiated successful resolution of claim by union trustees regarding the calculation of contributions by public sector employers

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  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1978, with honors
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1975, with honors
  • Union College, B.A., 1972, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

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