For nearly three decades, the emphasis of Mr. Escalera’s practice has been labor and employment law and litigation. Initially, Mr. Escalera served with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for nine years where he engaged in extensive criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Escalera was last stationed at the Pentagon where he acted as lead counsel for the Army Litigation Division defending the Department of the Army in employment discrimination suits brought by civilian employees in many states. Since 1987 Mr. Escalera has been exclusively defending private and public sector employers in labor and employment matters. Mr. Escalera has defended numerous employment discrimination and wrongful termination suits in various state courts, federal district courts, and United States Courts of Appeal. Mr. Escalera has extensive experience in class-action litigation. He is a frequent lecturer on the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, drug testing, wage and hour law, non-compete agreements, effective hiring and management of employees, and avoiding wrongful termination suits.
Mr. Escalera is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Employment Law Council, and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Escalera was an Adjunct Professor at Rensselaer Graduate School from 1997 to 2001, where he taught a course on employment law to MBA candidates. Mr. Escalera was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law from 1995-1997, and has served as a moot court judge for the law school. Mr. Escalera was a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court from 1997 to 1999.
Mr. Escalera has served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Greater Hartford (1995-1999), the Hartford Food System (1995-1999), and served as President of the Hartford Food System for three years. Mr. Escalera was a recipient of the Leadership Greater Hartford 1994 Community Leadership Recognition Award. Mr. Escalera participated as a youth soccer coach from 1991 to 2008. In 1999, the Connecticut Bar Foundation selected Mr. Escalera to be named as a James W. Cooper Fellow in recognition of his legal work and service to the community. Mr. Escalera served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Hartford from 2002-2004. Mr. Escalera has been a member of the Board of Directors of Family Life Education since 2014 and serves as its Treasurer.