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Corporate and Financial Litigation

The Business Litigation group consists of litigators who regularly represent business entities, in both state and federal courts, in a wide variety of disputes. The group's work includes matters arising under discrete substantive statutes, as well as common law business disputes, whether arising in contract or tort.

Examples of contract cases include claims arising from agreements to sell business assets and/or stock. Examples of tort cases include claims of tortious interference with contract, unfair competition, and breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with corporations, partnerships, or other business entities.

The members of this practice are not only experienced in these and other substantive areas of law, but are accustomed to the complex procedural and strategic issues that often characterize business cases. Because of our size and experience, we are able to handle the most challenging and complex cases, while at the same time providing our clients with the personalized service and attention that our clients expect and that is the hallmark of Shipman & Goodwin representation.

Attorneys

Michele L. Backus
Partner
mbackus@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7757
Washington, DC Office
Alison P. Baker
Associate
abaker@goodwin.com
(202) 741-4887
Washington, DC Office
James W. Bergenn
Partner
jbergenn@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5639
Hartford Office
Michael Chase
Associate
mchase@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5194
Hartford Office
James G. Christiansen
Counsel
jchristiansen@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7755
Washington, DC Office
Christopher R. Drury
Partner
cdrury@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5017
Hartford Office
Lee Anne Duval
Counsel
lduval@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5562
Hartford Office
Patrick M. Fahey
Partner
pfahey@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5824
Hartford Office
Ross H. Garber
Partner
rgarber@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5901
Hartford Office
Washington, DC Office
Frederick S. Gold
Partner
fgold@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8110
Stamford Office
New York Office
Shari M. Goodstein
Partner
sgoodstein@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8161
Stamford Office
Katherine M. Hance
Associate
khance@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7767
Washington, DC Office
Charles L. Howard
Partner
choward@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5616
Hartford Office
Kathleen M. LaManna
Partner
klamanna@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5603
Hartford Office
Susan S. Murphy
Counsel
smurphy2@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5707
Hartford Office
Mark K. Ostrowski
Partner
mostrowski@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5634
Hartford Office
Jill M. O'Toole
Partner
jotoole@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5909
Hartford Office
Edward B. Parks II
Partner
eparks@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7753
Washington, DC Office
Diane C. Polletta
Counsel
dpolletta@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8179
Stamford Office
James P. Ruggeri
Partner
jruggeri@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7752
Washington, DC Office
Paul D. Sanson
Partner
psanson@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5721
Hartford Office
Karen T. Staib
Partner
kstaib@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5612
Hartford Office
Clarisse N. Thomas
Associate
cthomas@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8164
Stamford Office
Joshua D. Weinberg
Partner
jweinberg@goodwin.com
(202) 469-7754
Washington, DC Office
Robert L. Wyld
Partner
rwyld@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5620
Hartford Office
Julia C. Zajac
Associate
jzajac@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5692
Hartford Office
Andrew M. Zeitlin
Partner
azeitlin@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8111
Stamford Office

Experience

Anti-Cybersquatting
Anti-Cybersquatting Claim
Civil Rights
$12.4 Million Judgment in Civil Rights Case
Ombudsman Programs
Protection of Confidentiality of Communications with Ombudsman Programs
Structuring and Operating Organizational Ombuds Programs
Seminal Case Recognizing Confidentially Privilege for Ombudsmen
Private Equity/Hedge Fund Litigation
Arbitration on Breach of Contract Claims
Prosecuted Securities Fraud and RICO Allegations
Other
$5.5 Million Judgment for Client Following a Trial Involving Antitrust, Unfair Trade Practices and Breach of Contract Claims
Successful Pre-trial Win on Franchise and Robinson-Patman Act Claims Brought by 32 Franchisees
Achieved $800,000 Settlement for Client in Trademark Infringement, Breach of Contract and Unfair Trade Practices Lawsuit
Successful Settlement of an 8-Figure Claim Against our Client with a Payment to our Client
9-0 U.S. Supreme Court Victory on Constructive Nonrenewal and Termination Claims in a Franchise Case
Favorable Settlement of Sherman and Clayton Act Claims on Behalf of an International Toy Manufacturer in an MDL Case in New York Federal Court
Represented a Wisconsin Manufacturer in the Lawsuit Resulting in the First Comprehensive Analysis by the Connecticut Supreme Court of the Connecticut Franchise Statute
Obtained Defense Verdict in Jury Trial Involving Business and Property Damage Claims of $400,000
Obtained Defense Verdict in Jury Trial Involving Claims by Franchisee That Franchisor Improperly Blocked Sale of Franchise
Obtained Pre-Trial, Terminations and Enforcement of Non-Compete Provisions on Behalf of a National Fast Food Client
Eight-figure Settlement in a National Class Action Lawsuit for Breach of Contract and Deceptive Practices Claims
Successfully Defeated a Hostile Takeover Attempt of our Client by an Off-shore Hedge Fund
Jury Verdict in Partnership Dispute on Claims of Violation of CUPTA, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Civil Theft
Financial Services Litigation
Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Action
Replevin Action
Government Contracts
Securities Lawsuit
Enron Corporation Securities Class Actions and Common Law Claims
Defended Federal RICO Charges
Defended Challenges to Private University's Financing Arrangements
Defense of Breach of Contract Case
$365 Million Judgment in Breach of Contract Trial
Pro Bono Representation
Breach of Contract Claims
Letter of Intent Dispute
Defense of Expansion of Credit Union Membership
Upholding Decision Authorizing National Banks to Establish Banks Outside Home Counties
Breach of Contract Dispute
Dispute Over Sale of a Motorcycle Dealership Franchise
U.S. Arbitration Contract Dispute
Local Counsel in Insurance Coverage Litigation
$1,000,000 Contract Dispute Summary Judgment
Termination of Contract Claims
Dismissal of Subcontractor's Lien
Enforced Non-Competition Agreement; Defended Breach of Contract Charge
Intra-Corporate and Partnership Disputes
Defended Complex Mortgage Foreclosure
Defense of Third-Party Subpoenas for Document Production
Multi-Million Dollar Breach of Contract
Federal-Aid Highway Act Bridge Inspection Frequency Challenge
Shell Fishing License Revocation Hearing
Defense of Quasi-Public Agencies in Federal RICO Action
Defended Federal Wrongful Contract Termination Charges
Defense of Managing General Agent Against Claims for Significant Underwriting Losses
Commercial Lease Dispute
Significant Multi-Party and Class Suits
Lease Dispute and Replevin Lawsuit
Successful Defense of Franchise Nonrenewal by Auto Manufacturer
Shareholder Dispute
Settled Civil Complaint in One of the Largest Clean Water Act Cases in Nation
Defended University Against Donor Challenge to Disposition of Gift Proceeds

Publications

February 16, 2017  Federal Trade Commission Deploys Antitrust Weaponry Against Pharmaceutical Company
Quarterly Newsletter  Employment Law Letter
Summer 2014  Something Else We Need to Do About Arbitration
November 21, 2011  Offering Options To Potential Whistleblowers
July 26, 2011  Arbitration Clause Is Key To Successful Arbitration
2011  A Practical Guide to Discovery & Depositions in Connecticut
April 19, 2010  State Courts Can Handle Trade Name Cases
April 19, 2010  Special Policies Provide IP Insurance
February 23, 2010  Required Reading — Federal Court Clarifies Discovery Obligations for Pre-dispute and Litigation Matters
February 1, 2010  Keeping A Watchful Eye On Web. 2.0
November 16, 2009  A Cautionary Tale For Investors
August 24, 2009  Will Clients’ Confidential Information Stay Safe?
June 22, 2009  Can The Federal Courts Compel Arbitration?
April 3, 2009  Customs Border Protection Increases Seizure of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods in 2008
February 2, 2009  Look Before You Leap: ESI and Inadvertent Waiver
January 5, 2009  The Brave New World of Policing Trademarks
Winter 2009  Employment Law Letter
December 30, 2008  Surviving the Credit Crunch
December 8, 2008  Looking For Ways to Share Liability
Fall 2008  Employment Law Letter
August 7, 2008  Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act
July 29, 2008  Inside the Minds: Mediating Business Disputes in the Midst of Litigation; the Art of a Facilitated Settlement
Summer 2008  Employment Law Letter
July 18, 2008  New Connecticut Law Mandates Safeguards for Personal Information and Social Security Numbers
Spring 2008  Employment Law Letter
March 2008  Shielding Volunteers of Charitable Organizations from Liability
Spring 2006  Employment Law Letter
Summer 2005  A Privileged Relationship? Public Lawyers, Take Heed
Fall 2004  Employment Law Letter
Summer 2004  Employment Law Letter
Spring 2004  Employment Law Letter
Winter 2004  Employment Law Letter
November 12, 2003  Connecticut's Prejudgment Remedy Statute
November 29, 2002  Sometimes, You Really Can Fight City Hall (2002)
Summer 2000  Defendant Class Actions
1996  Nuclear Weapons and the Laws of War
1995  Enforcement of Choice of Law Clauses

Events

March 7, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: What You Need to Know About Prejudgment Remedies
December 7, 2011  Business Divorce Litigation: What Happens When Business Owners Decide Their Marriage Cannot be Saved?
August 4, 2011  Trial Practices and Tactics in Canada and the United States
March 10-11, 2011  Medical Liability and Health Care Law
February 24-26, 2011  National Bar Association-Commercial Law Section 24th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference
December 14, 2010  The Social Network in the Courtroom - Legal Ethics, Civil Discovery and Facebook
October 8, 2010  2010 District of Connecticut Bench-Bar Conference
September 30, 2010  Where Do We Go From Here? Honest Services Fraud and Public Corruption
June 22, 2010  Don't Steal My Business: Protecting the Business from Former Partners and Employees
June 5, 2010  How To Get The Corner Office
April 28, 2010  Hey! You Stole My Business! Litigating Against a Former Employee or Partner
April 22, 2010  High Profile Clients and Cases-Managing the Press (formerly titled Sports Arbitration)
April 21-23, 2010  SBIR 2010 National Conference: Partner for Profit
April 21-23, 2010  2010 American Bar Association Section Annual Conference
April 15, 2010  The Integrity of Public Service
April 8, 2010  5th Annual Black and Latino Male Resource Center Conference
March 24, 2010  Fraud Awareness and Prevention in The Legal Community
February 26, 2010  A Personal Journey with the General Counsels
December 9, 2009  Looking Beyond Electronic Discovery - Stamford, CT
October 28, 2009  Looking Beyond Electronic Discovery - Hartford, CT
June 25, 2009  Continuing Professional Education Conference
June 8, 2009  "An ADR Professional’s Guide: Health Care Industry Cultural Differences and Regulatory ADR Framework"
June 8, 2009  Handling Investigations by the Attorney General
June 2009  What’s Hot in E-discovery? Current and Emerging Issues
April 3, 2009  The Media's Role in Public Corruption Cases
February 19, 2009  International Payments: Risk and Fraud
February 13, 2009  Handling Investigations By State Attorneys General
January 27, 2009  Understanding US Export Controls: The Basics
October 16, 2008  Organized Crime: The Impact of Corruption and Terrorism on the Rule of Law and Public/Private Business
October 15, 2008  American Bar Association: Presenter at 23rd Annual Petroleum Marketing Roundtable
August 1, 2008  Charitable Organizations: Are Volunteer Boards Liable?
June 25, 2008  "Ombuds and Other Alternatives to Preventing, Managing and Resolving Disputes"
May 2008  Internal Investigations Training
August 11, 2007  General Counsel Under Attack
August 11, 2007  Can We Talk? A Participatory Roundtable About Law Department Management: What Works? What Doesn’t?
May 23, 2007  E-Discovery for Health Care Providers
January 5, 2006  Update on the Law of Wetlands
2006  Litigation of Estates, Trusts and Guardianships in Connecticut
November 10, 2005  Perspectives on Kelo v. New London
October 21, 2005  Deposition Strategies
September 19, 2005  Federal Civil Practice & Procedure
August 5, 2005  2005 Year in Review
August 4, 2005  Building and Retaining Relationships With In-House and Outside Counsel
August 2, 2005  Metadata and Electronic Discovery
July 8, 2005  Rainmaking and Relationship Building: Steps to Success
June 16, 2005  Useful Technology for Litigators
April 22, 2005  Litigation Roundtable
April 12, 2005  Environmental and Land Use Legislative Update
February 24, 2005  Corporate Counsel
February 18, 2005  Following the Rules: Preparing The Corporate Witness for Deposition
February 1, 2005  Corporate Counsel
2005  Deposition Practices
October 25, 2004  Connecticut Environmental Laws & Regulations
June 23, 2004  Depositions: Preparation, Mechanics, Strategies & Tactics
June 7, 2004  New Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
May 13, 2004  Overview of Final Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
April 29, 2004  Environmental Issues You Need to Know for Today's Successful Land Use Practice
February 27, 2004  E-Discovery and Litigation Management
February 5, 2004  Black Partners at Major Connecticut Law Firms
November 21, 2003  The Expert Witness Part I: Retaining, Preparing, Defending and Challenging In-House Training for Legal Aid Services Throughout Connecticut
November 15, 2003  Is Growth Management a Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) Issue?
November 11, 2003  The First Impression: Real World Examples of Making a First Impression in Front of a Judge and Jury
June 23-24, 2003  Connecticut Land Use Law: Current Issues and the Cutting Edge
March 1, 2003  Introduction to Affordable Housing and To Environmental Intervention
February 10, 2003  A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures in Connecticut
2003  Jury Selection in Connecticut
2003  Abusive Lawyering
February 15, 2002  Hot Topics in Land Use Law
April 6, 2000  Land Use Issues
1999  Fraudulent Misrepresentation And The Incontestability Clause
1994  Directors and Officers Liability and Shareholder Derivative Litigation
Continuing Education (CLE) Training Programs on Electronic Discovery
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