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James H. Rotondo

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Overview

James "Jim" Rotondo, a seasoned trial lawyer, represents a broad range of corporate clients in product liability, negligence, insurance coverage, class action and commercial litigation matters.

In his product liability practice, Jim defends retailers, suppliers and manufacturers of industrial equipment, aviation, automotive and consumer product lawsuits. He also represents clients in commercial litigation, and defends religious, charitable and educational organizations in lawsuits and claims alleging sexual abuse and breach of fiduciary and/or statutory duties.

In addition, Jim also represents insurers in litigation. With his deep understanding of this complex, fast-paced and highly regulated industry, he is able to assist them in disputes over coverage and business practices.

Clients seek out Jim for his extensive experience trying cases to verdict before judges and juries in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also has represented clients in matters pending in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.

Jim has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business* (Chambers & Partners) as a leading litigation lawyer in Connecticut since 2014. In the 2020 edition, Chambers wrote that he is "a highly experienced litigator" and quoted a source, who described him as "detail-oriented, responsive and client-centered."

* No aspect of these advertisements has been approved by the highest court of any state. See Awards Methodology.

Experience

Represented an investment management company in connection with the formation of a “deal by deal” fund to invest in the capital stock of a fintech platform for payment services, through a series of secondary transactions with existing stockholders and/or their affiliates; advised client on the launch of the private fund, including preparing the offering documents and supplements, negotiating placement agreements, as well as the terms of a side letter with a major investor; structured the secondary transaction, including negotiating the letters of intent and securities purchase agreements with existing stockholders and the terms of various ancillary agreements, including investment representative and marketing agreements; and provided tax advice on the secondary transaction to ensure tax optimization for the parties

Tried property damage action arising out of the explosion of industrial equipment; verdict upheld on appeal to jury verdict of $18.3 million in favor of clients

Tried case involving collapse of suspended scaffold that resulted in two deaths to jury verdict in favor of client

Represented distributor of allegedly defective kerosene heater that resulted in significant burn injuries; tried to jury verdict in favor of client

Tried an action arising out of the denial of a disability claim to jury verdict in favor of client insurer

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, which was upheld on appeal

Represented 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 Peck v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 464 F. Supp. 2d (D. Conn. 2006)

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Education and Credentials

Education
Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981, editor, Boston University Law Review, 1979-1981
Trinity College, B.S., 1978
Admissions
State of Connecticut
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Affiliations
Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
Trial Attorneys of America
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Product Liability Committee Newsletter, Past Executive Editor
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Product Liability Committee, Chemicals and Industrial Equipment Subcommittee (1993-1996 and 1999-2003), Co-chair, 1993-1996 and 1999-2003
American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate Member
Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court, Emeritus
Defense Research Institute

Recognition and Community

Recognition

Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading litigation attorney, 2014-2022

Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation, 2015-2023, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2015-2023

Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Personal Injury, Defense, Insurance Coverage, 2007-2021

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis)

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