Stephen P. Rosenberg advises and represents businesses and nonprofits in a broad range of employment law matters, including:

  • Unfair competition, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Independent contractor and employee classification
  • Discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge claims
  • Employment policies, performance management, and other employment law issues

He represents clients in state and federal courts and before the Connecticut Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in matters involving:

  • Unfair competition and trade secrets claims
  • Federal and Connecticut wage and hour laws
  • Federal and Connecticut anti-discrimination laws

Steve’s successes on behalf of clients include the following:

  • As lead plaintiff’s counsel in an unfair competition and trade secrets case in Connecticut federal court, obtained a preliminary injunction and partial summary judgment on behalf of a nationwide staffing company against its former employee
  • Guided a Fortune 100 financial services company through wage and hour audits by the federal and Connecticut state labor departments, which were dismissed by those agencies without any finding of a violation
  • Represented a nationwide transportation logistics provider in an audit by the U.S. Department of Labor, resulting in a finding that delivery drivers were properly classified as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Second chair trial counsel for a national communications company in a federal pregnancy discrimination case, which resulted in a jury verdict for our client
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a union employer in a wage and hour lawsuit brought by the Connecticut Labor Commissioner, on grounds that the claims were preempted by federal labor law

Previously, Steve worked as a staff attorney for the Connecticut Department of Labor. In that role, he supported the agency’s Employment Security Board of Review in its resolution of unemployment appeals involving individual claimants as well as independent contract classification audits. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk to Associate Justice Joette Katz of the Connecticut Supreme Court. During law school, Steve was executive editor of the Connecticut Law Review and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section

Connecticut Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Vice-Chair

Young Lawyers Section

Connecticut Bar Association

2009 and 2010


Public Service Committee

New Haven County Bar Association

2009 and 2010


New Haven Inn of Court


Member, Board of Directors

Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association



Leadership Greater New Haven

Chamber of Commerce

2006 and 2007


Named, New Leaders in the Law

Connecticut Law Tribune


Named, Rising Star**


Super Lawyers

2009-2010, 2013-2014

Recipient, Public Service Award

New Haven County Bar Association


Named, Forty Under 40

New Haven Business Times


** For information about the standards for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers, please see http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html.

News, Analysis & Press

Impact of Defend Trade Secrets Act in Connecticut

Connecticut Law Tribune

July 25, 2016

A Broader Definition of ‘Employee’: State Supreme Court and Legislature Weigh In on Wages and Records

Special Section: Employment & Immigration Law - Connecticut Law Tribune

January 5, 2010

Facing Up to Facebook: Social Networking Sites and the Workplace

Connecticut Lawyer

Vol. 19, No. 8

April 2009

Pandemic Preparation for the Workplace

Connecticut Lawyer

January 2, 2009

Pandemic Preparation for the Workplace

Connecticut Lawyer

Vol. 19, No. 5

December 2008 / January 2009

Winning Permission to Keep Commission: Court Says Unearned ‘Advance’ Doesn’t Have To Be Repaid

Special Section: Employment & Immigration Law - Connecticut Law Tribune

July 28, 2008

Speaking Engagements

2021 New England Virtual Employer Conference

November 9, 2021

2021 Connecticut Employment Legislation Update

New Haven, CT

September 17, 2021

COVID-19 Considerations for the Workplace: ​An Employer Overview

May 20, 2020

Conducting A Wage and Hour Self Audit

Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Wallingford, CT

September 20, 2018

Employee Records 101: What Every Business Manager, Owner, and HR Representative Needs to Know

New Haven, CT

November 7, 2013

Unemployment: Improving your Chances for Winning

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Council, New Haven, CT

March 22, 2013

Employment Law 101

Connecticut Bar Association, New Britain, CT

September 27, 2010

The Impact of Social Networking on HR: Policies and Legal Implications

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Council, New Haven, CT

October 23, 2009


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2003With Honors
  • B.A., Vassar College, 1996

Bar Admission

New York


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