Two major Connecticut law firms have hired employment lawyers with decades of experience to bolster their practices.

Robert C. Hinton, the president of the New Haven County Bar Association, has joined Pullman & Comley and will be based in the Hartford office. Matthew T. Miklave, a former counsel and trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, is a new addition at Robinson & Cole.

According to a news release issued by Pullman, Hinton has nearly 20 years in the employment law field, representing clients ranging from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies. He litigates and counsels on breach of contract claims; employment discrimination claims; non-compete litigation; wage and hour claims; Family Medical Leave Act claims; and ERISA life, health and disability insurance claims.

Hinton is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and an eight-year U.S. Army veteran. He serves as mentor/pro bono counsel for at-risk children through the Connecticut Pro Bono Network’s Truancy Intervention Program. He also supports the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center by providing legal services to veterans facing eviction and homelessness. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award.

Hinto previously worked at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and, before that, for the now-defunct Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn.

“We are delighted to welcome Bob to our firm,” said Joshua Hawks-Ladds, chair of Pullman & Comley’s Labor, Employment Law & Employee Benefits Department. “The growing needs of our clients will be served by his extensive knowledge and demonstrated capabilities in litigation and employment law.”

Meanwhile, Miklave joins Robinson & Cole as a partner in the New York City and Stamford offices. Prior to joining the firm, Miklave was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green. He also served as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, in Washington, D.C.; as trial attorney to the NLRB’s Regional Office in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Miklave has represented publicly traded and privately held companies, municipal corporations, and nonprofit organizations in employment and labor relations matters. He’s defended lawsuits brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“Matt’s joining the firm strengthens the breadth and depth of our labor and employment practice in the Metro New York area, as well as nationally,” said Bruce B. Barth, chair of the Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration Group. “We are excited to have him join our team and add his 30 years of experience. Matt is nationally recognized for his leadership in the field and his broad-based experience.”