Loraine Cortese-Costa, worked for a national labor and employment firm in New York City before settling in Connecticut.  She was a Director with Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, P.C., a Bridgeport based labor and employment firm, for over twenty-five years.  She represents management in all areas of labor and employment law including the state and federal courts, CHRO, NLRB, State Board of Labor Relations and in collective bargaining and arbitration.  She also selectively accepts cases representing highly placed executives in the negotiation of employment and separation agreements and in employment disputes.  Named by her peers to the Best Lawyers in America©2017 for Labor and Employment Law-Management, she is admitted to the Connecticut and New York bars, formerly chaired the Labor and Employment section of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, was appointed to the Pro-Bono Panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014  and has served as an Attorney Trial Referee and Fact-Finder/Arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court since 1996.  Following her association with Durant, Nichols,  she started her own Firm in 2015 to fulfill a compliment she once received from a small business owner who noted that she was like a traditional lawyer, meaning one who cares about her clients and their businesses, always takes their calls and pays close attention to detail. 

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Relations
  • Employment Litigation -- Employer and Senior Executives
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Employee Benefits Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Stew Leonard's
  • Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority
  • Southeast Area Transit
  • CT Transit
  • Middletown Area Transit
  • Estuary Transit District
  • Windham Region Transit District
  • GIL Foundation, Inc.
  • Former President/CEO Seitz Corporation; former Division President Nine-West; former Executive Vice-President Fujifilm Medical Systems, USA, Inc.

Litigation Percentage

  • 35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1986
  • New York, 1986
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York

  • J.D. 
  • Law Review: Albany Law Review, Associate Editor

State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude

Published Works

  • How Arbitration Works, BNA, 6th Edition & Supp.

Representative Cases


  • Employment Law Training-CT Association for Community Transportation, 2014-2018
  • Supervisory Training - Employment Law & Labor Relations, University of Bridgeport
  • Harassment Awareness, Bullying and Workplace Violence Training, Various, 1990 - 2018
  • Lorman Education, Various, 1990 - 2010