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September 13, 2018 - After Recent Attorney Additions, Murtha Cullina LLP Labor and Employment Practice Group Prepares for Fall Seminars

HARTFORD, CT (September 13, 2018)…Murtha Cullina LLP is pleased to announce that its Labor and Employment Practice Group has recently added four attorneys, including Partners Matthew K. Curtin and Erek Sharp, Counsel Melanie N. Aska and Associate Martha M. Royston

These important attorney additions make the Firm’s full-service Labor and Employment Practice Group (the “Group”) well positioned to meet all clients’ labor and employment needs. Chaired by Patricia E. Reilly, an experienced employment litigator and counselor, the Group boasts a deep bench of attorneys whose subject matter expertise includes employment litigation and counseling, wage and hour, traditional labor, ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation.  This Group regularly and successfully represents employers concerning a wide variety of claims before state and federal courts and agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.  

“This is a very exciting time for our Labor and Employment Group.  In 2018, we have added four extremely talented attorneys to this practice area,” said Patricia E. Reilly, Chair of the Murtha Cullina Labor and Employment Group. “Matthew Curtin has substantial experience with collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and labor relations; Erek Sharp and Melanie Aska each have been counseling clients on ERISA and employee benefit plans for many years; and Martha Royston is an up-and-coming labor and employment attorney.  We have a well-rounded and diverse team, and we are proud to serve as trusted advisors to our clients and to provide them with vigorous defense in  litigation.”  

The Group frequently offers seminars and training on virtually any labor or employment topic, including new developments in the law, sexual harassment prevention, employee relations, managing leaves of absence, diversity and inclusion and other topics of interest to our clients.  This Fall, the Group is offering Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Seminars in a number of locations. In addition, the Group is also presenting its annual Labor and Employment Update in October. These events are for clients, business owners, human resources professionals and supervisors. 

The sexual harassment prevention training seminars review the law regarding unlawful harassment, as well as best practices to address it and minimize legal liability.  This training is required for supervisors of 50 or more employees in Connecticut and, effective on October 9, 2018, New York State will mandate sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.
The dates of the sexual harassment prevention training seminars are:

  • Wednesday, September 26 – Hartford Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Click here to register.
  • Thursday, October 4 – New Haven Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Click here to register.
  • Tuesday, October 9 - Stamford Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Click here to register.

The annual Labor and Employment Update focuses on recent developments in the law. Topics to be covered during this seminar include privacy and cybersecurity, immigration, employee benefits and the #MeToo movement. The date of this event is Thursday, October 11. Click here to register.

In addition, the Group’s blog, “”, provides employers with helpful and timely insights on a variety of labor and employment issues.

The members of the Murtha Cullina Labor and Employment Practice Group include:

Patricia E. Reilly (Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group)
Dana R. Bucin (Chair, Immigration Practice Group)
Matthew K. Curtin (Employment Litigation and Traditional Labor)
Salvatore G. Gangemi (Employment Litigation and Advice)
Erek M. Sharp (ERISA, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation)
Mindy S. Tompkins (Health Care Partner)
Barry J. Waters (Employment Litigation)

Counsel and Associates:
Melanie N. Aska
Sarah Gruber
Lorey Rives Leddy
Madiha M. Malik
Martha M. Royston
Kristen L. Zaehringer

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With over 100 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, insurance recovery, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, intellectual property, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality. 

Murtha Cullina is the exclusive member firm in Connecticut for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide; and the exclusive Connecticut member firm of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms. For more information, visit

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