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Attorney Lawrence George Widem

Lawrence George Widem

  • Attorney

Cleveland Office:

Practice Areas

  • Employment Discriminations and Wage and Hour 100%

Biography

I was an Assistant Attorney General of the State of Connecticut for 33 years. I have litigated cases in state court, the United States District Court the Untied States Bankruptcy Court, before administrative agencies and the claims commission. I have argued appeals before the Supreme Court and the Appellant Court of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. I have years of experience litigating employment discrimination cases, wage cases, prevailing wage cases and civil rights cases.

I was an Attorney with Revere & Associates. I prepared complaints, briefs and legal research memos on a host of complicated real estate litigation issues, with a focus on common interest association liability issues and the litigation of complex commercial real estate deals gone bad, including a brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on a multi million dollar real estate deal.

I worked as a freelance attorney for LawClerk, providing in-depth legal research memos and draft briefs on a very wide array of legal issues for client attorneys all over the county, on short notice. The underlying causes of action induced employment discrimination, bankruptcy, quite title and future interests, civil rights and the interpretation of collective Barging Agreements.

I was an Attorney with Branigan & Associates inf New Jersey where I litigated employment discrimination cases before Arbitrators in New York and provided legal research assistance on complicated employment discrimination cases in New Jersey.

I have been recognized by the American Bar Association for my pro bono work for injured veterans. 

I provide pro bono representation of wrongfully fired and demoted federal employees before the Merit Systems Protection Board on employment discrimination issues.

About Me
Interview questions and answers:

My Department Head was reviewing my draft brief. He sent me a host of nasty comments about my spelling errors and paragraph organization. I have learning disabilities. It made me question my own abilities. It left me feeling undervalued., isolated and angry.
During my first consults when I was able to help potential clients overcome the experience of discrimination and formulate a creative legal argument to win their case and help change the law for the better.
It was a daunting challenge to figure out how to organize an essay examination answer without accommodations. I cherish the thought that I played some part in opening the door for other disabled students. I loved the given and take of the classroom. Learning is a very special experience for me.

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
    • M.A. - 1981
    • Major: Masters of Public Administration
  • University of Hartford
    • B.A. - 1979

Bar Admission

  • Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Honors

  • Recognition for pro Bono work for United States Military Veterans by the American Bar Association, 2022.

Past Positions

  • Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut, Assistant Attorney General, 1988 to 2021
  • Law Clerk to Hon F. Owen Egan, United States Magistrate Judge
  • Editor in Chief of the Connecticut Basic Practice Manuel
  • Associate, Schatz& Schatz, Ribicoff and Kotkin, 1984-1988

Current Employment Positions

  • Attorney

Languages

  • English

Pro Bono Activities

  • ABA Federal Pro Bono
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association MSPB pro bono
  • United States Military Veterans by the American Bar Association, 2022
  • Merit System Protection Board
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