Abby M. Warren


  • Overview


    Abby Warren is a member of the firm's Labor + Employment Group, where she represents employers in labor and employment matters. She focuses her practice on counseling private sector employers, including multinational corporations, health care organizations, educational institutions, and manufacturers, in all areas of employment law. She also defends employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies. In addition to counseling and litigation, Ms. Warren provides workplace training for clients and conducts workplace investigations.

    Employment Counseling, Compliance, and Training

    Ms. Warren counsels employers and human resource professionals in all areas of employment law, including discharge and discrimination issues, workplace investigations, affirmative action compliance, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment and independent contractor agreements, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. Ms. Warren also negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements on behalf of clients, in addition to reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies. She also conducts training sessions on a myriad of employment issues, including topics such as sexual harassment, workplace civility, and avoiding discrimination claims.

    Employment Litigation and Administrative Advocacy

    Ms. Warren regularly defends employers in discrimination, leave, harassment, and a wide range of labor and employment matters. She represents clients in matters from inception to trial and through appeal in federal and state courts.

    Ms. Warren represents clients in administrative agency matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Warren represents clients at private and public arbitration hearings and in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions with federal, state, and private mediators.

    Workplace Investigations

    As an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder, Ms. Warren is a trained workplace investigator, and she regularly conducts, manages, and provides advice regarding workplace investigations involving all types of employment-related issues, including sexual harassment, ethics, interpersonal conflicts, and workplace misconduct.

    Labor Relations and Union Avoidance

    Ms. Warren represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, such as unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions. She has provided training on labor issues to supervisors and provided advice and strategy related to union avoidance. She also represents employers in arbitrations arising from collective bargaining agreements.

    Pro Bono

    Ms. Warren performs pro bono work on behalf of Connecticut non-profit organizations through the Pro Bono Partnership. She serves as a trusted advisor to non-profit organizations with labor and employment issues, including assisting with wage and hour matters, executive transitions, and handbook and policy development.

    Ms. Warren writes and presents regularly on employment and labor-related matters, and she often focuses on the impact of key court decisions and compliance issues. Ms. Warren has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law for several years. Ms. Warren was selected as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2017. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Warren served as a clerk in the New Haven Superior Court to judges in both the civil and criminal divisions.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Assisted national company in wage and hour compliance issue involving payroll deductions including creating a nationwide program and strategy. 

      • Supervised investigation of a number of workplace complaints received by a company regarding finance, discrimination, harassment, and other issues.

      • Secured dismissal of two separate actions alleging Constitutional claims against a municipality. 

      • Reached favorable settlement in defense of a large company in connection with a wage and hour investigation involving over a thousand employees and multiple locations. *

      • Negotiated non-monetary settlement while defending a company against United States Department of Justice allegations of discriminatory employment practices related to citizenship/immigration status. *

      * Atty. Warren was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut

      Society for Human Resource Management

      Association of Workplace Investigators
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the 2017 Connecticut Super Lawyers list.

       Millennial Move Maker 2015 Award presented by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
      Chairperson, Human Resources Steering Committee
    • Publications


      "DOL Joins Joint Employer Craze," BNA (3/9/2016)

      "Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2014-15 from the Connecticut Supreme Court," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/8/2015)

      "Reimbursing Employees for Individual Health Insurance Premiums Comes with a $36,000 Per Employee Price Tag," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (1/16/2015)

      "The Developing Law, Sixth Edition," contributing editor to four supplements (2014)

      "States Now Paying the Piper for the Recession-Driven Increase In Unemployment Insurance Benefits," Employment Law Strategist (9/30/2014)

      "Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2013-14 from the Connecticut Supreme Court," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/15/2014)

      "Obamacare – Delayed but Not Dead; Are You Analyzing Your Options and Traps?" Employment Law Strategist (December 2013)

      "Supreme Court Year in Review: Sexual Harassment Ruling May Have Lasting Impact," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/26/2013)

      "Gerrymandering Hours to Avoid the Obamacare Mandate," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (7/19/2013)

      "Supreme Court Employment Law: Decisions Limit Employee Free Speech Rights," published in Connecticut Law Review (9/20/2012)

      "Can Your Employees Come to Work High – Connecticut's New Medical Marijuana Law," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (7/23/2012)

    • Presentations


      "Flu Prevention in the Workplace," co-presented with Andy Tarutis of the Mary Wade Home and Deirdre Gruber and Terry Cooper of the City of New Haven's Health Department, hosted by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce's Health Care Council and Human Resource Council (9/30/2016)
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      "Employee Handbooks," program, co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council (July 2015)

      "Wage Theft," roundtable, co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council at the Chamber's Annual Expo (November 2014)

      "Legislative Review," co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council (September 2013)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • September 26, 2016

        Abby Warren Spoke at New Haven Chamber's Flu Prevention in the Workplace Event

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      • August 30, 2016

        New Haven Chamber of Commerce's Human Resource Council Hosts Teamwork Presentation

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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