Dennis Brown is the Managing Partner of the Hartford office, and member of the firm's Insurance and Commercial Litigation practice groups.
Mr. Brown guides insurance and corporate clients in resolving complex contentious matters, finding cost-effective, economically justified solutions to significant risks. He has a demonstrated ability to prevail in trials addressing difficult issues such as sophisticated scientific, medical, economic and accounting disputes. As an example, he successfully defended a national insurance company against claims of bad faith and unfair trade practices involving stock churning and financial fraud issues before a jury in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut after the Court found a breach of the duty to defend. He also recently successfully protected a large energy company against claims in excess of $100 million in a lengthy jury trial in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Mr. Brown's experience also includes title insurance coverage litigation involving complex matters such as the contentious transfer of properties by closely-held businesses that were subject to family ownership disputes.
Mr. Brown has also supervised the defense of hundreds of product liability, property, toxic substances and asbestos claims. He has provided advice and litigation defense on coverage issues to U.S. and London based insurers, including defense of claimed pollution coverage, advertising claims, D&O issues, maritime disaster claims, industrial construction claims, and various property and general liability coverage issues. He has represented insurers in significant first party property claims arising from industrial accidents and hurricane damage to oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Brown spent more than four years supervising all product liability claims against a Fortune 100 corporation engaged in diversified manufacturing from large scale factory equipment to telecommunications, automotive and residential products. He has substantial class action experience including product liability matters, price-fixing cases, cases involving pension rights and employment practices after corporate mergers, cases involving allegations of market misconduct in the insurance industry and various matters alleging consumer fraud. Mr. Brown once secured two writs of mandamus from the Texas Court of Appeals eventually leading to decertification of a class action litigation pending in that state.
Additionally, Mr. Brown has significant experience with issues arising under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. For example, he was selected as counsel to pursue $40 million in claims for reimbursement from the National Pollution Fund Center in connection with the largest oil spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the devastating 2005 hurricane season. He has substantial experience defending class actions and supervising large scale claims operations in the wake of disasters such as major oils spills and large industrial accidents such as industrial explosions.
Mr. Brown also has significant commercial claim trial experience including protecting a high-technology equipment manufacturer against business interference and tort claims in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in a case where the jury awarded his client compensatory and punitive damages on a counter-claim. He also successfully defended Connecticut's Deputy Housing Commissioner against corruption charges brought by a federal special prosecutor in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brown and his team successfully prosecuted price-fixing claims against the world's largest copper trader and defended antitrust claims against a joint venture between one of Japan's largest corporations and a Fortune 100 corporation concerning conduct in the fiber optic cable market.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Third Circuit U.S. District Court, Connecticut
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Board of Editors, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin
Connecticut Maritime Association