Elizabeth McKenna focuses her practice on litigating a wide range of employment matters arising in state and federal court as well as at the administrative level before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has specific experience with:

  • Discrimination and retaliation litigation
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Discipline and termination issues
  • Common law tort claims

In addition, Elizabeth regularly provides advice and counsel on a nationwide basis to employers seeking to implement or revise a workplace drug and alcohol testing program. Her practice includes, but is not limited to, advising as to compliance with state and federal law and addressing the impact of marijuana legalization on workplace drug testing.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Elizabeth served as a law clerk for the Hon. Richard A. Robinson of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Connecticut Bar Association


New Haven County Bar Association


Membership Committee

New Haven County Bar Association


New Haven Inn of Court

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

2023 Tri-State Regional Employer Conference

New York, NY

June 20, 2023

2021 Connecticut Employment Legislation Update

New Haven, CT

September 17, 2021

Federal Database on Driver Drug and Alcohol Use Goes Live: How to Prepare for the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

November 12, 2019

Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

2019 New England Employer Conference, Newton, MA

September 27, 2019

Medical Marijuana, Mandatory Immunization and Attendance Enforcement: Recent Developments Affecting the Disability Accommodation Analysis Add Both Complexity and Much Needed Clarity

September 13, 2019

2017 New England Employer Conference

Boston, MA

October 27, 2017

What Does Legalized Medical Marijuana Mean For Connecticut Employers?

New Haven, CT

June 13, 2017


  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 2003cum laude

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut