Kelly M. Cardin

Associate || Stamford, New York City

Kelly M. Cardin is an associate in the Stamford and New York City offices of Ogletree Deakins. Her practice focuses on representing employers in a wide range of disputes, including those involving discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, wrongful discharge claims, and claims under the FMLA. Kelly also represents employers in class action lawsuits, often involving wage and hour issues. Additionally, she maintains a commercial litigation practice, representing companies in breach of contract and trade secret disputes, among others. Kelly has represented clients before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in state and federal court, and in arbitration. She also regularly handles agency matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Connecticut Department of Labor. Kelly counsels clients with respect to their employee handbooks and personnel policies to ensure compliance with state and federal law. She also conducts workplace investigations and trains employers on best practices, including harassment training. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

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  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims of race, age, sex, and disability discrimination against a large food and facility management company.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair trade practices claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s sex discrimination and retaliation claims against insurance company employer.
  • Obtained order denying plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunction, where plaintiffs alleged misappropriation of confidential information.
  • Obtained favorable judgment before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment where case was dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.
  • Obtained favorable judgment before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment in favor of employer in a case involving claims of discrimination and harassment.


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2011
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 2006
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Rhode Island, 2002

Admittance to Practice

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Professional Activities

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • SHRM
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association


  • ACC Westchester/S. CT (formerly WESFACCA) - "Managing Social Media in the Workplace" - Old Greenwich - December 19, 2018
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Fourteenth General Counsel Institute - "Playing Sherlock: Best Practices for Workplace Investigations" - New York City - November 2018
  • Managing a Workforce in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut - "What Employers Can Expect in the New Era of Sexual Harassment Awareness" - New York - March 2018
  • Clear Law Institute Webinar - "Defining Hours Worked in a Digital Age" - November 2017
  • CBIA - "Recordkeeping, Defining and Counting Hours Worked" - Wallingford - September 2017
  • CBIA - "HR & The Workplace: The Trump Impact" - Hartford - June 2017
  • Managing a Workforce in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut - "Comfort Dogs, Nut-Free Environments, and Odorless Workplaces: The Expansion of “Reasonable” Accommodations" - New York - March 2017
  • WESFACCA/ACC - "Don’t Leaving Me Hanging: Understanding Complex Leave and Accommodation Issues in the Workplace" - Greenwich - November 2016

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