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  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut


  • Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1995)
  • McGill University (B.Comm., Great Distinction, 1991)

Michael Colgan Harrington

After graduating McGill University with Great Distinction with a Bachelors of Commerce, concentrating in Marketing and Labor Relations, Mr. Harrington received his law degree from Syracuse University, Summa Cum Laude. He returned to his home state. After he clerked for the Connecticut Supreme Court, he began to practice law with Murtha Cullina nearly 20 years ago.

As the current chair with the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, Mr. Harrington assists a wide variety of public and private employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. In addition to appearing in state and federal court on behalf of employers, he represents clients at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, the Connecticut Employment Security Division, the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Connecticut Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and OSHA/ConnOSHA. He regularly represents employers in grievance and interest arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and before arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. In addition, he has defended employers in unfair labor practice/prohibitive practice charges and has represented parties before the Freedom of Information Commission. Mr. Harrington has argued several cases before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Mr. Harrington regularly provides harassment prevention training and other trainings to various professional groups and in-house sessions for clients. Recently, he graduated from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)-certified discrimination course, Responding to Reasonable Accommodation Requests.

Mr. Harrington serves as the General Counsel for the Connecticut Public Employers Labor Relations Association (ConnPERLA). For several years, he has served as a Contributing Editor to “The Developing Labor Law” and is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut’s College of Law. Mr. Harrington served as a member of the Hartford County Bar Association’s Board of Directors, and is a former co-chair the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Labor and Employment Subcommittee, and the Labor and Employment Section of the Hartford County Bar Association.

In 2003, Mr. Harrington received The Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award from the Hartford County Bar Association and The Impact Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.

  • Contributing Editor of the American Bar Association's Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act
  • Treasurer, Connecticut Public Employers Labor Relations Association (ConnPELRA)
  • Former Board Member, Leadership Greater Hartford
  • Former Board Member, Hartford County Bar Association
  • Former Co-chair, Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyer Labor and Employment Committee
  • Order of the Coif, 1995
  • Order of Barristers, 1995
  • Justinian Honorary Law Society, 1994
  • Recipient, 2003 Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award from the Hartford County Bar Association
  • Recipient, 2003 Impact Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Employment Law - Management since 2011 and Labor Law - Management since 2011 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Robert I. Berdon, Connecticut Supreme Court
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