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Richard C. Robinson

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Hartford Office
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
p 860.541.3333
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Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Tax Court
Clerkships
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Elmer W. Ryan, an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1971; editor, Connecticut Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1967

Richard C. Robinson practices in the area of business litigation including the litigation of construction and employment disputes. He heads the firm’s Construction Law and Litigation Section. He has successfully resolved hundreds of business litigation cases, both through trial and settlement.

Representative Experience

  • Won an eight day arbitration trial for respondents, a Fortune 500 company and its subsidiary, defeating a claim by individuals who sold their business to respondents that respondents prevented the claimants from earning their so-called $3 million "earn out"/additional purchase price
  • Obtained a million dollar verdict for a milk processor in a hotly contested breach of a requirements contract case against a large convenience store chain
  • Successful defense of a construction surety in a litigation involving the construction of the Connecticut Financial Center in New Haven, Fisher Skylights, Inc. v. CFC Const. Limited Partnership, 79 F.3d 9 (2d Cir. 1996)
  • Preservation of $32 million in insurance coverage for an asbestos manufacturer in a litigation brought against it by the Connecticut Insurance Guaranty Association, Connecticut Insurance Guaranty Ass’n. v. Raymark Corp., 215 Conn. 224, 575 A.2d 693 (1990)
  • Successful defense of the state of Connecticut, as an employer, in a class action brought by 73 judges of the Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of the judges' salary statute, Eielson v. Parker, 179 Conn. 552, 427 A.2d 814 (1980)
  • As co-counsel with a lawyer from another firm, successfully settled a series of lawsuits for a Connecticut municipality and its employee retirement plans to recover investment losses occasioned by the infamous Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme; the total recovery was almost $16 million
  • Won a three-week trial for a Connecticut municipality in the Superior Court Complex Litigation Docket, defeating a trade contractor's seven-figure delay claim

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Employment Law Section; Forum Committee on Construction Industry
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, Construction Law Section; Employment Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Frequent speaker at construction law seminars and publishes in the field

Community Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center - life director, former president and chairman of the board; recipient of the Center's Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Hebrew Health Care - chairman of the board; member, Executive Committee; board of trustees
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation - board of directors

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - construction since 2010
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list since 2006 in the areas of business litigation, construction litigation and employment & labor
  • 2015 Lexology Client Choice Award - Connecticut Litigation
  • Named one of Greater Hartford's "Top Attorneys" by Hartford Magazine, 2011 & 2012
  • Appointed by the judges of the Federal District Court in Connecticut as a special master, he regularly serves in that capacity in employment and construction cases
  • Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV)