Cummings & Lockwood

Litigation Group

For more than a century, Cummings & Lockwood’s Litigation Group has represented national and local businesses, as well as individuals. Our attorneys have extensive experience in State and Federal Courts, as well as national arbitration and mediation forums. Cummings & Lockwood’s litigation team is known for both its ability to try complex and nuanced cases, as well as to deliver creative and cost-effective resolutions when settlement is possible. Throughout the process, our attorneys pride themselves on continuously communicating with our clients to ensure that we are working to best fulfill their goals.

The hallmark of our litigation practice is our combination of the capabilities and resources of a large law firm with the responsiveness and personal service of a boutique firm. Our clients’ goals are always our first priority. We strive to provide every client with the optimum level of cost-efficient staffing, regardless of a case’s size or complexity. Our substantial resources and extensive trial experience allow us to handle “bet the company” cases, as well as litigation that calls for sophisticated electronic discovery.

Our reputation for client service and integrity is also recognized by many of the top 100 AmLaw firms that trust us to provide their valued clients with Connecticut litigation counsel.

Our litigation attorneys practice in the following areas:

Cummings & Lockwood - The Choice for sophisticated legal counsel.

Name Title Practice Group Office Phone Email vCard
Associate Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4288 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Commercial Real Estate Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4447 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Commercial Real Estate Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4280 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4206 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4106 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4108 Download vCard
Paralegal Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4478 Download vCard
Principal Litigation Group Commercial Real Estate Group Naples, FL 239.649.3153 Download vCard
Associate Litigation Group Stamford, CT 203.351.4677 Download vCard

2017 Representative Matters

Cummings & Lockwood’s Litigation Group successfully handled a variety of matters in Connecticut and Florida, as well as on a national and regional basis.  These engagements covered a wide spectrum of cases involving individuals, fiduciaries and businesses.  Highlights of our successes in 2017 included:

  • We won a judgment in a family dispute upholding the validity of amendments to various trusts after a seven day bench trial in the Connecticut Superior Court. 
  • We obtained a judgment in favor of deceased trustees of eight family trusts against multiple objections to accountings for each of the trusts, including recovery of attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred.
  • We were granted certification to the Connecticut Supreme Court on behalf of the surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the issue of whether a September 11th Victim Compensation Fund award is subject to Connecticut Probate Court jurisdiction. 
  • We obtained a high six figure arbitration award for a client in a complex breach of contract dispute.
  • We successfully defended a client in a two week arbitration which resulted in an award of no damages and a ruling upholding a restrictive covenant protecting our client’s business.
  • We obtained dismissal of a conservatorship proceeding in the Connecticut Probate Court after more than five years of litigation, including appeals to both the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court. 
  • We resolved a complex family dispute between two siblings, involving two civil actions in the Connecticut Superior Court and a conservatorship proceeding in the Connecticut Probate Court, as well as a will contest in the Connecticut Probate Court and subsequent litigation in the Superior Court.
  • We obtained a favorable ruling from the Connecticut Appellate Court upholding our client’s trial court victory in a debt action concerning complex questions of document negotiability under the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • We obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national franchisor’s purchasing cooperative in an unfair trade practices action brought by an unsuccessful bidder.
  • We served as lead coordinating counsel for a major, international oil and chemical company in connection with its national asbestos litigation docket, helping to achieve successful mediation results and settlements involving hundreds of claims throughout the United States.  In addition, as necessary, we assisted with trial preparations and court trials. 
  • We obtained scores of successful resolutions and settlements for individuals and families in various probate contests, conservatorship proceedings, fiduciary challenges and state and federal tax audits, in addition to those mentioned above. 
  • We participated in several major Connecticut divorce actions, including trial work and complex asset valuation issues, involving several large trusts.
  • We successfully negotiated severance agreements and employment contracts on behalf of numerous senior corporate executives, financial services professionals and private employers.
  • We successfully resolved multiple cases concerning alleged violations of non-competition agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • We favorably resolved a number of commercial disputes for owners of closely-held businesses as well as for employees and officers of public companies.
  • We obtained favorable rulings in mediations, arbitrations, and in state and federal courts involving scores of complex commercial disputes.
  • We successfully defended employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims for a range of employers.  

2016 Representative Matters

  • We successfully settled a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute on behalf of the owner of a major retail establishment.
  • We successfully resolved a multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary action against a client’s investment advisor.
  • We favorably resolved a number of commercial disputes for owners of closely held businesses as well as for employees and officers of public companies.
  • We obtained favorable rulings in mediations, arbitrations, and in state and federal courts involving scores of complex commercial disputes.
  • We resolved all disputes amongst five beneficiaries, two executors, and multiple living and deceased trustees with respect to major estate accountings, two inter vivos trusts, and a testamentary trust, resulting in the submission and approval of all accountings, and the release and discharge of all executors and trustees.
  • We acted as special counsel to a Connecticut estate settling contentious litigation between several beneficiaries and the executor of the estate.
  • We participated in several major Connecticut divorce actions, including trial work and complex asset valuation issues, including several large trusts.
  • We served as lead coordinating counsel for a major, international oil and chemical company in connection with its national asbestos litigation docket, helping to achieve successful mediation results and advantageous settlements involving hundreds of claims throughout the United States.  In addition, as necessary, we assisted with trial preparations and court trials.
  • We obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court in favor of the executors of a decedent’s estate on a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime claim brought by the caretaker of the decedent’s farm animals and retired race horses based upon the “agricultural” exemption to the FLSA.
  • We prevailed at trial in a trust construction proceeding in the Connecticut Superior Court.
  • We successfully settled a construction contractor dispute on behalf of a major Connecticut University.
  • We successfully defended numerous employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims for a range of companies.
  • We obtained scores of successful resolutions and settlements for individuals and families in various probate contests, conservatorship proceedings, fiduciary challenges and state and federal tax audits.
  • We successfully negotiated severance agreements and employment contracts on behalf of numerous senior corporate executives, financial services professionals and private employers.

For more than a century, Cummings & Lockwood’s Litigation Group has represented national and local businesses, as well as individuals. Our attorneys have extensive experience in State and Federal Courts, as well as national arbitration and mediation forums. Cummings & Lockwood’s litigation team is known for both its ability to try complex and nuanced cases, as well as to deliver creative and cost-effective resolutions when settlement is possible. Throughout the process, our attorneys pride themselves on continuously communicating with our clients to ensure that we are working to best fulfill their goals.

The hallmark of our litigation practice is our combination of the capabilities and resources of a large law firm with the responsiveness and personal service of a boutique firm. Our clients’ goals are always our first priority. We strive to provide every client with the optimum level of cost-efficient staffing, regardless of a case’s size or complexity. Our substantial resources and extensive trial experience allow us to handle “bet the company” cases, as well as litigation that calls for sophisticated electronic discovery.

Our reputation for client service and integrity is also recognized by many of the top 100 AmLaw firms that trust us to provide their valued clients with Connecticut litigation counsel.

Our litigation attorneys practice in the following areas:

Cummings & Lockwood - The Choice for sophisticated legal counsel.

Representative Matters

2017 Representative Matters

Cummings & Lockwood’s Litigation Group successfully handled a variety of matters in Connecticut and Florida, as well as on a national and regional basis.  These engagements covered a wide spectrum of cases involving individuals, fiduciaries and businesses.  Highlights of our successes in 2017 included:

  • We won a judgment in a family dispute upholding the validity of amendments to various trusts after a seven day bench trial in the Connecticut Superior Court. 
  • We obtained a judgment in favor of deceased trustees of eight family trusts against multiple objections to accountings for each of the trusts, including recovery of attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred.
  • We were granted certification to the Connecticut Supreme Court on behalf of the surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the issue of whether a September 11th Victim Compensation Fund award is subject to Connecticut Probate Court jurisdiction. 
  • We obtained a high six figure arbitration award for a client in a complex breach of contract dispute.
  • We successfully defended a client in a two week arbitration which resulted in an award of no damages and a ruling upholding a restrictive covenant protecting our client’s business.
  • We obtained dismissal of a conservatorship proceeding in the Connecticut Probate Court after more than five years of litigation, including appeals to both the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court. 
  • We resolved a complex family dispute between two siblings, involving two civil actions in the Connecticut Superior Court and a conservatorship proceeding in the Connecticut Probate Court, as well as a will contest in the Connecticut Probate Court and subsequent litigation in the Superior Court.
  • We obtained a favorable ruling from the Connecticut Appellate Court upholding our client’s trial court victory in a debt action concerning complex questions of document negotiability under the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • We obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national franchisor’s purchasing cooperative in an unfair trade practices action brought by an unsuccessful bidder.
  • We served as lead coordinating counsel for a major, international oil and chemical company in connection with its national asbestos litigation docket, helping to achieve successful mediation results and settlements involving hundreds of claims throughout the United States.  In addition, as necessary, we assisted with trial preparations and court trials. 
  • We obtained scores of successful resolutions and settlements for individuals and families in various probate contests, conservatorship proceedings, fiduciary challenges and state and federal tax audits, in addition to those mentioned above. 
  • We participated in several major Connecticut divorce actions, including trial work and complex asset valuation issues, involving several large trusts.
  • We successfully negotiated severance agreements and employment contracts on behalf of numerous senior corporate executives, financial services professionals and private employers.
  • We successfully resolved multiple cases concerning alleged violations of non-competition agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • We favorably resolved a number of commercial disputes for owners of closely-held businesses as well as for employees and officers of public companies.
  • We obtained favorable rulings in mediations, arbitrations, and in state and federal courts involving scores of complex commercial disputes.
  • We successfully defended employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims for a range of employers.  

2016 Representative Matters

  • We successfully settled a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute on behalf of the owner of a major retail establishment.
  • We successfully resolved a multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary action against a client’s investment advisor.
  • We favorably resolved a number of commercial disputes for owners of closely held businesses as well as for employees and officers of public companies.
  • We obtained favorable rulings in mediations, arbitrations, and in state and federal courts involving scores of complex commercial disputes.
  • We resolved all disputes amongst five beneficiaries, two executors, and multiple living and deceased trustees with respect to major estate accountings, two inter vivos trusts, and a testamentary trust, resulting in the submission and approval of all accountings, and the release and discharge of all executors and trustees.
  • We acted as special counsel to a Connecticut estate settling contentious litigation between several beneficiaries and the executor of the estate.
  • We participated in several major Connecticut divorce actions, including trial work and complex asset valuation issues, including several large trusts.
  • We served as lead coordinating counsel for a major, international oil and chemical company in connection with its national asbestos litigation docket, helping to achieve successful mediation results and advantageous settlements involving hundreds of claims throughout the United States.  In addition, as necessary, we assisted with trial preparations and court trials.
  • We obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court in favor of the executors of a decedent’s estate on a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime claim brought by the caretaker of the decedent’s farm animals and retired race horses based upon the “agricultural” exemption to the FLSA.
  • We prevailed at trial in a trust construction proceeding in the Connecticut Superior Court.
  • We successfully settled a construction contractor dispute on behalf of a major Connecticut University.
  • We successfully defended numerous employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims for a range of companies.
  • We obtained scores of successful resolutions and settlements for individuals and families in various probate contests, conservatorship proceedings, fiduciary challenges and state and federal tax audits.
  • We successfully negotiated severance agreements and employment contracts on behalf of numerous senior corporate executives, financial services professionals and private employers.

 

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