James "Jim" Rotondo represents a broad range of corporate clients in product liability, negligence, insurance coverage, class action and commercial litigation matters. He also represents religious, charitable and educational organizations in lawsuits and claims of sexual abuse and breach of fiduciary and/or statutory duties. Jim has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and also has represented clients in matters pending in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.
Jury verdict of $18.3 million in favor of clients in a property damage action arising out of the explosion of industrial equipment; verdict upheld on appeal
Jury verdict in favor of client in case involving collapse of suspended scaffold that resulted in two deaths
Jury verdict in favor of client distributor of allegedly defective kerosene heater that resulted in significant burn injuries to the plaintiff
Jury verdict in favor of insurer in an action arising out of the denial of a disability claim
Represented homeowner's insurer in a declaratory judgment action. Trial court granted summary judgment for insurer on the basis of an automobile exclusion in the policy. Upheld on appeal.
Representation of an insurer in an insurance coverage case arising out of a series of product liability cases against its insured; after extensive discovery involving the production of millions of pages of documents and scores of depositions, the case was resolved favorably to our client through "baseball" arbitration
Represented disability insurance carrier in putative ERISA class action, successfully arguing that New York state law limitation on pre-existing condition provision did not apply because the choice of law provision need not be included in the Summary Plan Description, the absence of the choice of law provision in the Summary Plan Description did not prejudice the plaintiff, and even if New York law applied to the choice of law issue, New York law did not compel the application of New York substantive law
Represented disability insurance carrier in putative ERISA class action, successfully arguing that plaintiff failed to exhaust remedies with respect to class based claims
cum laude1981editor, Boston University Law Review, 1979-1981
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA as a leading litigation attorney, 2014-2017
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Personal Injury, Defense, Insurance Coverage, 2007-2016
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2017