Ian T. Clarke-Fisher


  • Overview


    Ian T. Clarke-Fisher handles employment litigation matters and counsels clients on various employment issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, contracts, layoffs, and employee compensation. In addition to his employment practice, Mr. Clarke-Fisher also focuses on commercial litigation and early dispute resolution. He works with businesses on every aspect of a dispute; from litigation prevention strategies, workplace policy revisions, and best practices, to responding to administrative charges and court complaints, handling discovery, preparing for trial, and taking matters on appeal. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group.

    Employment Litigation

    Mr. Clarke-Fisher regularly represents businesses in complex litigation, such as collective and class actions, and administrative proceedings, including claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division on Human Rights. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies, with national or global operations, to local employers.

    Mr. Clarke-Fisher has extensive experience handling employment-related claims, including allegations of retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and discrimination based on race, sex, and religion. He has achieved positive results for clients, including obtaining numerous dismissals on behalf of employers in actions based on allegations of wrongful termination and discrimination before state agencies and in the courts, together with appeals before the Second Circuit and New York Appellate Division.

    Mr. Clarke-Fisher’s practice also focuses on wage and hour claims, including those brought before departments of labor and in federal and state courts. He has handled Department of Labor investigations and federal collective actions, such as actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

    Employment Counseling

    Mr. Clarke-Fisher also regularly counsels employers in all areas of employment law, including personnel policies and handbooks, wage and hour issues, employee discipline and discharge issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, reductions in force, unemployment, severance and separation agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and other employment agreements. In this regard, Mr. Clarke-Fisher regularly volunteers his legal services to non-profit organizations.

    Trade Secrets and Non-Competition

    Mr. Clarke-Fisher is particularly experienced in trade secret and non-compete claims, from handling pre-suit investigations to obtaining injunctions on behalf of employers. He handles claims of breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and tortious interference. He has successfully handled cases for employers and employees, including obtaining six-figure settlements, dismissals, restraining orders, injunctions, and numerous pre-suit settlements.

  • Experience
    • Experience


    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association

      Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Publications


      "Prelitigation Steps for Trade Secret and Noncompete Cases," published in Lexis Practice Advisor, co-authored with Matthew T. Miklave and Sandra Marin (9/27/2016)
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      "Employee Free Speech in Connecticut: The Unsettled Landscape of Connecticut General Statutes § 31-51q," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored with Stephen W. Aronson (04/2013)

    • Presentations


      "Clearing the Smoke on Medical Marijuana in Employment," at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (4/7/2016)
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      "New York City and State Employment Law: Recent Developments," presented at Robinson+Cole's New York City office, co-presented with Matthew T. Miklave, Katherine C. Glynn and Laura A. Torchio (10/23/2014)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 18, 2017

        Ian Clarke-Fisher to Represent Robinson+Cole in Mills & Reeve Secondment

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      • October 14, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Write Article for Lexis Practice Advisor

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      • April 15, 2016

        Ian Clarke-Fisher Presents at CLM 2016 Conference

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      • October 2, 2015

        Ian Clarke-Fisher Is Nominated for CLM Membership

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      • November 21, 2014

        New York Lawyers Present New Developments in New York City and State Employment Law

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      • October 28, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Write Article for NYSBA Journal

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      • May 17, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Write Article for Connecticut Lawyer

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      • March 5, 2013

        Steve Aronson and Ian Clarke-Fisher Write Article for Westlaw Journal

      R+C News Releases

      • May 31, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Expands Labor & Employment Practice with Addition of Three New Attorneys