Cummings & Lockwood

John W. Cannavino

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Background

John W. Cannavino is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office. He is the Chair of the Litigation Group and a member of the Board of Directors and brings over 40 years' of broad-based experience to his litigation and trial practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation; litigation between investors and hedge fund managers; insurance coverage disputes; corporate, partnership, and limited liability company disputes and dissolutions; contract disputes; environmental litigation;  real estate litigation, including lease, restrictive covenant, and easement disputes; real property tax appeals; Connecticut State tax appeals, including domicile litigation; trustee and fiduciary litigation, including litigation regarding self-settled asset protection trusts; and restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation.  He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, including jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  He has also acted as co-counsel in a number of matrimonial cases, providing assistance on complex trust and commercial issues.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1977) Justinian Honorary Law Society, Order of the Coif, Graduated First in Class
  • State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1973) with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1977
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Tax Court, 2008

Professional Organizations

  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Professional Recognition

Civic and Philanthropic Activity

  • Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Board of Commissioners

Matters

  • Representation of a lender in a suit to enforce the lease of a corporate headquarters resulting in a verdict of $7.7 million
  • Representation of investors in a private equity fund in a case involving a fund manager who was taking improper fees, resulting in a finding that the fund manager and its principal had converted fund assets and breached their fiduciary duties and awarding $5.8 million in damages
  • Representation of the purchaser of a spring company in a suit against the seller for fraud, resulting in an $8 million dollar judgment against the seller after a jury trial
  • Representation of numerous commercial property owners in appealing municipal tax assessments in Connecticut
  • Representation of the owner of a fish farm off the coast of Maine which was damaged by a hurricane in a suit against its insurer, resulting in a substantial verdict against the insurer
  • Representation of numerous owners of closely-held businesses in shareholder, LLC, and partnership disputes

Principal

Stamford

T 203.351.4447

F 203.708.3849

jcannavino@cl-law.com

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Background

John W. Cannavino is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office. He is the Chair of the Litigation Group and a member of the Board of Directors and brings over 40 years' of broad-based experience to his litigation and trial practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation; litigation between investors and hedge fund managers; insurance coverage disputes; corporate, partnership, and limited liability company disputes and dissolutions; contract disputes; environmental litigation;  real estate litigation, including lease, restrictive covenant, and easement disputes; real property tax appeals; Connecticut State tax appeals, including domicile litigation; trustee and fiduciary litigation, including litigation regarding self-settled asset protection trusts; and restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation.  He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, including jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  He has also acted as co-counsel in a number of matrimonial cases, providing assistance on complex trust and commercial issues.

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1977) Justinian Honorary Law Society, Order of the Coif, Graduated First in Class
  • State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1973) with distinction
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut, 1977
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Tax Court, 2008
Professional Organizations
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Civic and Philanthropic Activity
  • Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Board of Commissioners
Matters
  • Representation of a lender in a suit to enforce the lease of a corporate headquarters resulting in a verdict of $7.7 million
  • Representation of investors in a private equity fund in a case involving a fund manager who was taking improper fees, resulting in a finding that the fund manager and its principal had converted fund assets and breached their fiduciary duties and awarding $5.8 million in damages
  • Representation of the purchaser of a spring company in a suit against the seller for fraud, resulting in an $8 million dollar judgment against the seller after a jury trial
  • Representation of numerous commercial property owners in appealing municipal tax assessments in Connecticut
  • Representation of the owner of a fish farm off the coast of Maine which was damaged by a hurricane in a suit against its insurer, resulting in a substantial verdict against the insurer
  • Representation of numerous owners of closely-held businesses in shareholder, LLC, and partnership disputes