Natale V. Di Natale

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Natale Di Natale counsels employers on all facets of management-side labor relations and employment law. He has over two decades of experience, and he has devoted his practice almost exclusively to private sector labor law, including in the health care setting. He has worked with numerous acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care service providers. He also represents manufacturing, utility, and building services employers. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and is the chair of the firm’s Labor Group.

    Collective Bargaining

    Mr. Di Natale represents employers in collective bargaining, and he has negotiated many initial and successor contracts with various unions in a range of industries. He assists employers with complex issues arising in contract negotiations, including strikes, lockouts, management rights, contracting, benefits, and the termination of retirement plans. Mr. Di Natale’s efforts on behalf of employers have resulted in clients saving millions of dollars through changes to pension plans, health insurance benefits, overtime language, and management rights provisions.

    Labor Litigation

    Mr. Di Natale handles a range of labor-related disputes in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in state and federal courts. He has handled numerous petitions before the NLRB, including representation petitions, decertification petitions, deauthorization petitions and unit clarification petitions. He also represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance resolution, and arbitration, where he has achieved positive results for employers in both termination and contract interpretation cases.

    Labor and Employment Counseling

    Mr. Di Natale advises clients on a host of labor and employment issues, including union avoidance, union election campaigns, successor employer issues, joint employer issues, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other state and federal labor and employment laws. He also counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, and bankruptcy.

    Mr. Di Natale has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employment Law - Management since 2014. (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Di Natale was associated with a Bridgeport-based labor and employment law firm, and, prior to that, he clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Hennessy of the Connecticut Appellate Court. He has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law for over a decade. Mr. Di Natale contributes to the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Insider publication.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Successfully negotiated a successor contract on behalf of a client, resulting in the client saving over $3 million from changes to health insurance benefits, shift differentials and the termination of a defined benefit retirement plan.

      • Successfully negotiated termination of defined benefit pension plans on behalf of numerous employers in the healthcare industry. 

      • Advised client on a successful union decertification campaign.

      • Counseled multiple clients on union campaigns, resulting in unions’ withdrawal of representation petitions or rejection of union representation. 

      • Prevailed in an arbitration proceeding over the termination of a union delegate with over 30 years of seniority.

      • Through arbitration concerning management rights language, secured an employer’s ability to achieve significant reduction in overtime costs.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      American Bar Association

      Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employment Law - Management since 2014

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      The Developing Labor Law, Contributing Editor

      "The Aftermath of Torosyan," published in CBA Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, vol. 4, issue 2

      "Chaos in the Aftermath of the Panama Invasion: S.A. vs. United States," published in 8 Emory International Law Review

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Higher Education Roundtable," guest speaker, Spring 2015; Quinnipiac University, guest lecturer, Spring 2016.

    • News

      R+C in the News

      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • May 31, 2012

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

    • Newsletters

      Newsletters

      General Counsel's New Standard on Intermittent Strikes, Another Untenable Position for Employers (October 10, 2016)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman and Kathryn M. Rattigan (04/16/2015)