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David T. Martin

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BACKGROUND

David T. Martin is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office

Dave's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. 

He has represented business entities and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair trade practices and trade secrets litigation, non-compete matters, financial services litigation, franchise disputes, fiduciary and beneficiary litigation, creditors' rights, intellectual property matters and tax and real property litigation.

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary Committee of Fairfield County

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS

  • Hedge Fund Managers Must Exercise Restraint in Deploying Indemnification Provisions, The Hedge Fund Law Report, November 19, 2015, Volume 8, Number 45

MATTERS

  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $5.8 million on behalf of hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty action brought against the fund’s investment advisor and general partner
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $4.3 million in debt action concerning complex questions of the negotiability of the applicable documents under the U.C.C.
  • Obtained a $5 million arbitration award for a client in a life insurance trust beneficiary dispute
  • Represented a majority shareholder of a closely-held corporation in a $35 million shareholder dispute involving numerous complex business and accounting claims
  • Obtained $1.9 million in damages on a motion for summary judgment in federal court action for breach of a software financing agreement
  • Obtained a jury trial verdict in client’s favor in excess of $1 million for damages caused by an independent contractor to client’s commercial property
  • Represented a private equity firm in a dispute concerning an employee’s misappropriation of approximately $10 million worth of securities
  • Successfully represented a fiduciary in a claim made against the estate and obtained a court order denying $1.7 million claim
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a hedge fund limited partner as to claims of vexatious litigation and abuse of process
  • Represented subsidiary of a global financial services firm in an action to obtain damages in excess of $30 million for commercial tenant’s failure to properly maintain property over the course of a long-term lease agreement
  • In matter of first impression under Connecticut law, represented trustees in an action concerning whether an individual can adopt their significant other in order to make that person a "grandchild" under her father’s trusts for inheritance purposes
  • Successfully represented Connecticut automobile dealers against a national franchisor in a dispute under the Connecticut Franchise Act, culminating in an agreement by the franchisor to eliminate dealership open-points in the area
  • Represented a national casket manufacturer in a Federal Court action to enjoin former employees from starting a direct competitor in violation of the employees’ non-compete agreements
  • Obtained a dismissal in Federal Court of a plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and WARN Act
  • Successfully represented a loan acquisition subsidiary of national bank in appeal of breach of promissory note action before the Connecticut Appellate Court
  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in real and personal property tax appeals
  • Represented a manufacturer of aluminum bottles in a nationwide class action concerning the presence of Bisphenol A in the liner of the bottles
  • Represented a variety of firms, including large corporations, closely-held companies, partnerships, private equity firms and hedge funds in business disputes, including enforcing employee non-competes, unfair trade practices claims, trade secrets litigation, statutory theft and fraudulent transfer claims, attempts to pierce the corporate veil and in obtaining prejudgment remedy relief

Principal

Stamford

T 203.351.4108

F 203.708.3865

dmartin@cl-law.com

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BACKGROUND

David T. Martin is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office

Dave's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. 

He has represented business entities and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair trade practices and trade secrets litigation, non-compete matters, financial services litigation, franchise disputes, fiduciary and beneficiary litigation, creditors' rights, intellectual property matters and tax and real property litigation.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
Professional Organizations
  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary Committee of Fairfield County
Articles/Publications
  • Hedge Fund Managers Must Exercise Restraint in Deploying Indemnification Provisions, The Hedge Fund Law Report, November 19, 2015, Volume 8, Number 45
Matters
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $5.8 million on behalf of hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty action brought against the fund’s investment advisor and general partner
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $4.3 million in debt action concerning complex questions of the negotiability of the applicable documents under the U.C.C.
  • Obtained a $5 million arbitration award for a client in a life insurance trust beneficiary dispute
  • Represented a majority shareholder of a closely-held corporation in a $35 million shareholder dispute involving numerous complex business and accounting claims
  • Obtained $1.9 million in damages on a motion for summary judgment in federal court action for breach of a software financing agreement
  • Obtained a jury trial verdict in client’s favor in excess of $1 million for damages caused by an independent contractor to client’s commercial property
  • Represented a private equity firm in a dispute concerning an employee’s misappropriation of approximately $10 million worth of securities
  • Successfully represented a fiduciary in a claim made against the estate and obtained a court order denying $1.7 million claim
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a hedge fund limited partner as to claims of vexatious litigation and abuse of process
  • Represented subsidiary of a global financial services firm in an action to obtain damages in excess of $30 million for commercial tenant’s failure to properly maintain property over the course of a long-term lease agreement
  • In matter of first impression under Connecticut law, represented trustees in an action concerning whether an individual can adopt their significant other in order to make that person a "grandchild" under her father’s trusts for inheritance purposes
  • Successfully represented Connecticut automobile dealers against a national franchisor in a dispute under the Connecticut Franchise Act, culminating in an agreement by the franchisor to eliminate dealership open-points in the area
  • Represented a national casket manufacturer in a Federal Court action to enjoin former employees from starting a direct competitor in violation of the employees’ non-compete agreements
  • Obtained a dismissal in Federal Court of a plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and WARN Act
  • Successfully represented a loan acquisition subsidiary of national bank in appeal of breach of promissory note action before the Connecticut Appellate Court
  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in real and personal property tax appeals
  • Represented a manufacturer of aluminum bottles in a nationwide class action concerning the presence of Bisphenol A in the liner of the bottles
  • Represented a variety of firms, including large corporations, closely-held companies, partnerships, private equity firms and hedge funds in business disputes, including enforcing employee non-competes, unfair trade practices claims, trade secrets litigation, statutory theft and fraudulent transfer claims, attempts to pierce the corporate veil and in obtaining prejudgment remedy relief