Johanna Zelman focuses her career on employment counseling and litigation matters.
Her clients include both private and public sector employers, with a specific strength in fact intensive and highly complicated litigation, both employment-related and in general civil rights. Johanna is highly successful in defending employers and governments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, United District Court and the Connecticut Supreme, Appellate and Superior Courts. Additionally, she has represented private and public sector employers before various administrative agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, as well as the Connecticut Superior, Appellate and Supreme Courts.
Prior to her legal career, Johanna worked at Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's Hospitals, both affiliates of Harvard University, located in Boston, Massachusetts. There, she aided doctors in clinical investigation of various anti-depressant medications and neurological disorders and managed large federally and privately funded research grants. While working at Massachusetts General Hospital, Johanna co-authored several research papers published in prominent medical journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Annals of Clinical Psychology and Psychosomatics. She also gave several presentations at the 2000 Annual American Psychiatric Association Conference. This unique experience allows Johanna to provide clients in the health care industry with highly competent and knowledgeable representation.
While in law school, Johanna was a member of the Student Trial Lawyers Association and was awarded the CALI award for excellence in Juvenile Law. She also participated in programs at the Center for Children's Advocacy aiding children with legal issues stemming from serious medical conditions, and at the UConn Health Center, Department of Community Medicine, developing a class for Connecticut health professionals on bioterrorism preparedness.