Kim E. Rinehart

Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Three Wiggin and Dana Attorneys

June 4, 2018

New Haven – In addition to being named Litigation Departments of the Year, three Wiggin and Dana attorneys were individually recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune at the Legal Awards Dinner on May 24, 2018 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, CT. Kim Rinehart was recognized as a Distinguished Leader; Aaron Bayer was recognized as an Attorney of the Year Finalist, and Robyn Gallagher was recognized as a New Leader in the Law.

James Glasser, Chair of the Litigation Department, remarked: "These three attorneys are accomplished and distinguished litigators and appellate advocates, who are committed to excellence and decency in their profession. On behalf of the firm and my colleagues, we are very proud to have them recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune."

Kim Rinehart is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and is Chair of the Class Action Practice Group. Kim focuses on class action defense, professional liability matters, complex commercial disputes, and appeals. She is passionate about learning the intricacies of her clients' businesses, crafting novel legal arguments, and devising creative litigation strategies. She has substantial experience defending class action lawsuits involving a broad range of industries and issues, as well as handling professional liability matters on behalf of lawyers and other professionals. Kim is an Officer of the Connecticut Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, which provides ethics opinions to the Bar. On the appellate side, she has played an instrumental role in numerous appeals raising issues of first impression. Kim is also dedicated to pro bono legal services and community engagement. In law school, Kim co-founded the nonprofit All Our Kin, which remains a vibrant organization today, working at intersection of child care and job creation.

Aaron Bayer is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and Chair of the Education Practice Group. Based in part on his prior experience as the general counsel of a college, Aaron represents numerous institutions of higher education, private secondary schools, and other non-profit organizations. He has advised education clients on a wide array of regulatory and compliance matters and assisted them in responding to investigations by state and federal authorities, including investigation of Title IX claims. Aaron previously served as chair of the firm's appellate practice, and he has briefed and argued numerous cases before state and federal appeals courts and assisted trial counsel on substantive legal motions, post-verdict motions, and appellate strategy. Having also served as Connecticut's Deputy Attorney General, Aaron guides companies and organizations in navigating difficult state regulatory structures and helps them respond to government investigations. Aaron has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including serving as the Chair of Connecticut Legal Services, Vice President of The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, and a director of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network. A longstanding advocate of open government, he has won awards for advancing government transparency and served on the Judicial Task Force on Public Access, established by the acting Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to increase public access to the courts.

Robyn Gallagher is an Associate in the firm's Litigation Department. Her litigation experience has involved a wide range of practice areas and clients, including, insurance, franchise, aviation, product liability, and education. She has experience litigating in state and federal courts and before various government agencies and arbitral bodies as well. Robyn has litigated claims under the Connecticut Product Liability Act ("CPLA") and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA"), trademark infringement actions, breach of contract claims, and actions to enforce arbitration clauses. She has particular expertise representing insurance companies in connection with complex insurance and reinsurance matters and regularly provides coverage advice for various types of insurance policies. Before law school, Robyn had a prior career as an accountant. Her financial background means she is ideally situated to litigate complex damages issues. Before joining the firm, Robyn served as a law clerk for Judge Alvin W. Thompson in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

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