John M. Gesmonde


  • Columbia University, B.A., 1967
  • University of Connecticut, J.D., 1973

Practice Areas:

  • Employment and Labor
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Land Use/Zoning


  • New Haven County Bar Association 
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Valley LERA (Labor and Employment Relations Association)
  • State Department of Education Arbitration Panel since 1983
  • National Trial Lawyers Association


  • 1973, Connecticut
  • 1975, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1977, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Miscellaneous Information:

  • Associate Editor, Connecticut Law Review, 1972-1973
  • Author: 'Emotional Neglect in Connecticut,' 5 Connecticut Law Review, p. 100, 1972
  • Member, North Branford Town Council, 1977-1981
  • Town Attorney for the Town of North Branford, 1985-2007, and 2009 to 2015
  • Designated: Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2007 through 2019; New England Super Lawyer, 2007 through 2019, Connecticut Magazine; Top Attorneys in Employment and Labor in U.S., Super Lawyers 2009 & 2010
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2020


John M. Gesmonde practices in the areas of labor, education, and employment law as well as municipal law and select land use issues. He has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association from 2014 through 2020 and from 2007 through 2019, New England Magazine named him a Super Lawyer.

Mr. Gesmonde has experience representing individual employees, including superintendents of schools, more than 100 school administrator associations, and other public sector unions, including police, fire, secretarial, paraprofessional, nurse, custodial, and town hall employee units in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, termination matters, and unfair labor practice complaints. He has extensive experience appearing and arguing before local boards and commissions, in the Connecticut Superior Courts, and in both the Appellate and Supreme Courts on labor and education issues as well as land use issues, including eminent domain, affordable housing, zoning, and inland wetlands matters. Since his appointment in 1983, Mr. Gesmonde has served on the State Department of Education Arbitration Panel as a labor sector advocate arbitrator.

Mr. Gesmonde received his B.A. degree from Columbia in 1967. In 1973, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut, School of Law where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in contracts. Mr. Gesmonde was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1973 and is admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (1975), the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1975), and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (1977).

He is a frequent guest lecturer for teacher, administrator, superintendent, and assistant superintendent organizations and is a contributor to the Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA) newsletter. Mr. Gesmonde is a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations, the Connecticut Employment Lawyers’ Association, the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, and the American Arbitration Association.

Attorney Gesmonde served as Town Attorney for North Branford from 1985 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2015.

Our Offices

  • Hamden Office


    3127 Whitney Avenue,
    Hamden, Connecticut 06518

  • East Haven Office (By Appointment Only)


    42 Thompson Street,
    Suite 1-C,
    East Haven, Connecticut 06513