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Ashley Totorica

Associate Stamford

Ashley Totorica is an associate in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins. His practice encompasses the full range of employment law counseling and litigation. Mr. Totorica defends employers in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies. In addition, he works with employers on matters relating to labor arbitration and union grievances. 

Mr. Totorica provides advice and counsel to management regarding human resources issues and employment law compliance, such as pre-employment screening, hiring, discipline, and termination, as well as drafting and review of employment policies and handbooks to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

During law school, Mr. Totorica served as a Teaching Assistant in Constitutional Law and worked in a clinic with the Appellate Bureau of the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office where he briefed and argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Mr. Totorica was selected as an American Bar Association Janet D. Steiger Fellow, and served in the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office handling issues regarding antitrust and competition law. After law school, he clerked for the Connecticut Superior Court and was chosen to work on the Complex Litigation Docket on cases involving intricate legal issues.


Experience

  • Defend lawsuits in state and federal courts against companies in various industries brought under a wide-variety of laws, statutes, and regulations including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, American with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Advise and counsel management and human resources on employment law and related matters, including employee hiring, background checks, disciplinary actions, leave and accommodation requests, employee classification, as well as draft and revise company policies, handbooks, and employee agreements.
  • Won dismissal of charges brought before state and federal administrative agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and Department of Labor.
  • Obtained ex parte restraining order and temporary injunction on behalf of Fortune 500 technology company that prohibited competitor from solicitation or hiring of high-level executive and any other client employees during pendency of injunction.
  • Prevailed at summary judgment on claims brought by former executive seeking ownership interest in company and alleged owed bonuses.  

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law

Speeches:

  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce - ''Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Seminar'' - Middletown - August 13, 2014
  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce - ''Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Seminar'' - Middletown - January 14, 2014
  • Connecticut Society of CPAs Tax360 Conference - ''Independent Contractor Status and Employment Litigation Issues'' - November 28, 2012

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Media Quotes

June 06, 2014 - Connecticut Law Tribune (Co-Author) - "Connecticut Supreme Court: Employee Commuting Time Not Compensable"
October 18, 2013 - Connecticut Law Tribune - "The Shifting Landscape of Retaliation Claims"

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