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Melinda Powell is an experienced litigator who has tried numerous civil rights cases in both Connecticut State and Federal Courts.

She has also prepared briefs and argued cases before the state appellate court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

For twenty years, Melinda has represented governments, small employers, elected officials and public schools in a wide variety of employment and related civil rights matters, including Title III of the ADA; Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Her practice focuses on advising officials and executives on accommodations, investigations, regulatory compliance, and privacy law.

Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration.  While in law school, she received the Jonathan B. Chase fellowship to work in Fairbanks, Alaska.  She also worked on environmental regulatory matters in Montpelier, Vermont, and in Portland, Oregon.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained a defense verdict after the trial of a First Amendment Retaliation claim brought by a government contractor against a large municipality.
  • Obtained reimbursement for a municipal employer whose employee was initially rejected for disability benefits and had sued the employer for violation of the ADA.  As a result of the novel third party claim, the client obtained full restoration of all benefits and a withdrawal of the disability lawsuit.
  • Co-wrote a brief incorporating a view of statutory construction and was subsequently adopted by a major governmental pension fund and affirmed by a Connecticut Superior Court.
  • Successfully defended an appeal and underlying litigation involving public accommodations under Connecticut state law.
Honors & Awards
  • "Connecticut Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine (2011)