Giovanna Tiberii Weller
Partner
New Haven
203.575.2651
203.575.2600

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Law School
    J.D. 1991
    ~ with honors
  • University of Connecticut, Undergraduate
    B.A. 1987
    ~ cum laude

Admissions

  • Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
"Her ability to relate to clients, judges and juries is unparalleled. She has an innate ability to feel her client's case and effectively communicate that feeling to judges and juries. She is definitely a go to litigator."
- In-House Counsel for global producer of specialty chemical products
"A fearless leader and tremendous advocate."
- Chambers USA, 2015
"A great trial attorney - tenacious and confidence-inspiring."
- Chambers USA

Giovanna Weller is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Litigation Group. She is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Subgroup and leads the firm’s employment litigation practice. Giovanna is a trial lawyer and has over 20 years of experience in counseling CEOs, senior management, and boards of directors of public and private businesses of all sizes. Described in Chambers USA as “a great trial attorney - tenacious and confidence-inspiring,” and “highly recommended for her trial work on employment matters,” Giovanna has successfully defended many significant employment cases in federal and state courts, including discrimination, trade secret and non-competition claims, whistleblower, as well as numerous cases before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. She has successfully argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court. Her clients include large and small employers, manufacturers, schools, utilities, and insurers. Giovanna regularly trains management personnel on a wide variety of employment related topics.

As a member of the education law team, Giovanna advises heads of schools, educational institutions and their trustees on legal issues of particular interest educational institutions, including employment, governance and litigation matters. She is also a member of the firm’s product liability team and defends product liability cases in both state and federal courts through the United States. She has represented a broad range of clients on matters alleging product defect, personal injury and property damage.

  • Successfully led appellate team that secured employer-friendly federal appellate court decision providing novel interpretation of state jurisdictional statute in favor of employers with out-of-state former employees

  • Lead outside employment counsel for several companies, including global specialty chemical company and regional bank

  • Successfully enforced covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements in state and federal courts

  • Obtained injunction and sanctions on behalf of herbal remedies company against former employee who had violated covenant not to compete and misappropriated trade secrets

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in two matters in federal court brought by former employees alleging disability and sexual orientation discrimination claims

  • Presented customized, in-house training programs in several states for large manufacturing client

    

Before Carmody

Before joining Carmody & Torrance, Giovanna served as Clerk of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly.

  • Highlighted in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for placing in the Top Tier of Lawyers in Connecticut.
  • Connecticut Magazine named Giovanna one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Connecticut, 2009 and 2011

  • Recommended by Chambers USA in 2011 – 2015 and 2017, for contentious employment litigation matters, and noted for her trial work and "diligent application to client service" (Chambers USA 2012);

  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Ratings

  • Named a Benchmark Litigation "Future Star," 2013-2015

  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers in the area of Employment Litigation Defense, General Litigation, Employment & Labor, 2007 - 2016

  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers in the area of Employment Litigation Defense, General Litigation, Employment & Labor, 2007 - 2017

  • Waterbury Young Lawyers’ Award, 2003

  • Appointed by Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to serve as member of the Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, 2004-present

  • Judicial Law Clerk for Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Robert I. Berdon, 1991-1992

  • Editor, International Law Journal, 1990 and 1991

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Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Independent Day School, 2006-2015

  • Board of Directors, Midstate Medical Center, 2012-2015

  • Member, Connecticut Women’s Council

  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Waterbury, 2002-2011

Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Bar Association

  • Fellow, Connecticut Bar Association

  • Member, Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

  • Waterbury Bar Association