Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson is an associate in Robinson+Cole's Labor & Employment Section, focusing her practice on public and private sector labor and employment law. She represents employers in claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, collective bargaining, defense of unfair labor practice charges, workers' compensation retaliation, and other labor and employment disputes and litigation, including affirmative action complaints and compliance evaluations involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

    Ms. Cole-Johnson counsels companies and human resource professionals in all areas of employment and traditional labor law, including discharge and discrimination issues, contract and grievance administration, personnel policies and handbooks, affirmative action compliance, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also represents employers in related federal and state administrative proceedings, including discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, workers' compensation retaliation claims before the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, and retaliation claims before the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

    Ms. Cole-Johnson also practices in the area of U.S. immigration law, focusing on business immigration. Her immigration practice involves assisting multinational companies when staffing their U.S. offices by successfully obtaining appropriate immigration status for their employees. She enables manufacturing, chemical, and biotechnology companies, including Fortune 100 companies, world-renowned universities, and some of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies, to retain valuable key business people, scientists, and researchers by obtaining both temporary and permanent immigration status. While her practice encompasses all business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, Ms. Cole-Johnson focuses on petitions for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Cole-Johnson taught in the Atlanta Public School System. She interned with Chief Judge M. Yvette Miller at the Georgia Court of Appeals and participated in Emory University School of Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      George W. Crawford Black Bar Association

      American Bar Association

      Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut
      Membership Committee

      Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
      Associates' Advisory Committee
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Pro Bono Partnership, 2012 Volunteer of the Year

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor for 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Emory University School of Law, Dean's Public Service Award

      Recognized in the special section "Lawyers of Color: High Achievers," Connecticut Law Tribune, 2011

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      YWCA Hartford Region
      Board of Directors; Former Chair of Governance; Former Executive Committee Member; Event Co-Chair for the 19th Annual In the Company of Women luncheon

      Greater Hartford Arts Council
      Grant Panelist (2010 - 2011)

      Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
      Scholarship Committee

      Farmington Valley Chapter of The Links, Inc.
      Member

      Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
      Member
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Practical Implications of the Revamped Connecticut Personnel Files Act," co-presented with Nicole A. Bernabo, webinar (10/29/2013)

      Panelist at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Scholarship Reception (6/9/2011). Ray Hardman, host of WNPR's Morning Edition and director of Public Affairs for Connecticut Public Television, moderated the panel.

      "Managing a Mobile Workforce: Complying with Wage and Hour Laws and Protecting Company Interests," co-presented with Stephen W. Aronson and Jean E. Tomasco, webinar (5/25/2011)

      "Social Media in the Workplace - What to Consider to Protect Your Company," co-presented with Nicole A. Bernabo and Alice E. DeTora, webinar (3/30/2011)

      Panelist at Career Beginnings workshop for Hartford area high school students (2/9/2011); Career Beginnings is a joint venture of the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 10, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Featured in HRACC Newsletter

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      • May 28, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford Annual Dinner

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      • June 22, 2012

        Associates Support Greater Hartford Arts Council Fundraiser

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      • May 10, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Stands Against Racism

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      • November 2, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Participating in Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Mentoring Program

      • October 27, 2011

        Attorney to Serve Again as Grant Panelist for Arts Council

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      • September 30, 2011

        Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Four Robinson & Cole Attorneys

      • June 13, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorney Serves as Panelist at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Scholarship Reception

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      • June 3, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorneys Discuss Legal Considerations of Telework Arrangements

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      • April 26, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Support YWCA’s Largest Annual Fundraiser

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      • April 11, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorneys Address Social Media in the Workplace

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      • February 14, 2011

        Labor and Employment Associate Shares the Ins and Outs of a Legal Career with High School Students

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      • January 31, 2011

        YWCA of Hartford Region Elects Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson to Board

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      • December 10, 2010

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson to Represent Firm on Advisory Committee for Diversity

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      • October 15, 2010

        Attorney to Serve as Grant Panelist for Greater Hartford Arts Council

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      • April 26, 2010

        Attorneys Represent Robinson & Cole at George W. Crawford Black Bar Association Annual Dinner

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      R+C News Releases

      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • April 3, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Honored with 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award by Pro Bono Partnership

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      • May 7, 2012

        R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy

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      • January 3, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Announces Mentor of the Year Award Recipients

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