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Laurann Asklof

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Laurann Asklof practices in the area of Construction Litigation, where she represents owners, contractors and subcontractors throughout Connecticut in all forums of litigation, including Alternative Dispute Resolution processes, and state and federal courts. She has also been involved in the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts and the bid process.

Laurann has been the principal litigator for the University of Connecticut's UCONN 2000 Construction Infrastructure Program. She has had the honor of being chosen as the University of Connecticut's 21st Century Construction Lead Counsel and will again be the primary construction litigator for the University. In addition, Laurann has represented the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in their construction litigation matters.

Laurann has presented at seminars on the topics of mold in construction, subcontractor payment issues and engineering liability and has authored various articles. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law instructing students in the art of appellate writing and oral argument concluding with a mock appellate brief and oral argument.  She was also a guest speaker for UConn’s Senior Seminar addressing the subject of engineering liability.

Laurann served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut as a construction litigator, where she was involved in multimillion dollar construction projects, representing the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Department of Administrative Services. During this time, she gained invaluable experience in the construction litigation field, practicing in all litigation forums.

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Adjunct Professor (1998-1999)
  • University of Connecticut, Senior Engineering Seminar: Guest Speaker (2010-2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Construction Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Professional Women in Construction: President; past Vice President; Chair, Mentor Committee; and past Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Trinity Episcopal Church of Collinsville: past Vestry member (2010-2013); past Christian education teacher (1997-2012)
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid: represent tenants in summary process matters

Successful Outcome in $45 Million Wrongful Termination Claim

Following four years of extensive discovery, preliminary hearings and 33 days of arbitration hearings on liability alone, defeated in its entirety a $45 million wrongful termination claim of the general contractor against the owner of a research/teaching facility and recovered for the owner on its counterclaim.

Defense of Allegations of Mold Exposure Due to Defective Construction

Successfully defeated  plaintiffs’ attempt to gain class certification for students in relation to personal injury claims asserted as a result of allegations of mold exposure due to defective construction.

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Albany Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
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