Jeff is an accomplished appellate lawyer whose vast experience representing clients in complex appeals has taken him from the state level to the U.S. Supreme Court. His efforts have helped shape the law and produced notable successes on behalf of the firm's clients.
Jeff is a Partner in the Appellate Practice Group within the firm's Litigation Department. He handles both complex civil appeals and legal motions in the trial courts. His appeals have involved constitutional issues, insurance, product liability, securities, medical and other professional malpractice, breach of contract, fraud, other business and personal torts, and labor relations. Insurers have retained Jeff to pursue appeals in some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever in Connecticut.
Jeff routinely assists trial counsel within Wiggin and Dana and at other firms on complex legal motions both before and after trial and on tasks for preserving issues for appeal. Jeff is often retained to pursue or defend appeals in cases tried by other law firms. He also has an active administrative appeals practice, representing regulated companies in the judicial review of federal and state agency action for health care, telecommunications, and energy clients. He has authored both party and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as prepared advocates for oral argument before that Court.
Benchmark Litigation has named Jeff a "Litigation Star," Best Lawyers in America gave him "Lawyer of the Year" honors for his appellate work, and he is consistently listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer. Jeff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and he co-chaired the Connecticut Bar Association's Appellate Advocacy Section. By appointment of Connecticut's Chief Justice, he serves on the State's Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. Jeff has authored numerous articles for the Connecticut Law Tribune and frequently lectures at seminars on appellate law and procedure.
Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Jeff practiced law in Washington, D.C., working on complex civil litigation in courts and administrative agencies.
He received his J.D. from Stanford University and his B.S. magna cum laude in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Stanford Law School (J.D., 1984)
- University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1981)
- magna cum laude
- District of Columbia
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- US District Court (District of Columbia)
- US District Court (District of Connecticut)
- US Supreme Court
Memberships and Affiliations
- American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
- American Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association, Appellate Advocacy, Litigation, Administrative Law and Federal Practice sections
- Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
- District of Columbia Bar