What clients and peers say about Wiggin and Dana:
"the most sophisticated and intellectually superior lawyers in the state" – Benchmark (client)
"very capable lawyers of a very high quality; among the very best I've worked with" – Chambers (client)
"doyens of the bar … [t]hey have some very high-end calling cards" – Benchmark (peer)
The reasons? Talent, experience, and efficiency.
Wiggin and Dana prides itself in the talent, drive, and integrity of its litigators. The firm's deep bench includes leaders of the bar who have been honored with fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Appellate Lawyers, membership in the Product Liability Advisory Council and recognized in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, as well as in The Best Lawyers in America, Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers, and The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers. Most recently, Benchmark Litigation selected our department as the 2019 Connecticut Litigation Department of the Year, and our appellate and white collar practices have recently been recognized as stand-out practices in Connecticut.
Wiggin and Dana recruits and cultivates talented associates, who come from highly ranked law schools, clerkships (our litigators have had over 30 clerkships), and from top national and international law firms. Our litigators have had distinguished careers as federal prosecutors, and collectively have well over 100 years of law enforcement and government experience. We encourage you to review the profiles of our litigation attorneys on our website.
At Wiggin and Dana, we try cases – frequently – before juries, judges, arbitrators, and agencies across the country, and even abroad. Whether we are retained to handle general commercial litigation and appeals, white collar criminal defense, or matters specific to certain industries (such as franchise and hospitality, pharmaceutical and medical device, and aerospace and defense), we bring the same savvy, integrity, judgment, and hard-won experience to each assignment. Our litigators go toe-to-toe with the biggest law firms in the country.
In recent years, we've been retained by a diverse range of clients with one thing in common: when faced with a high-stakes matter, they know who to call.
- When a global consulting firm reduced, from 100 to 10, the number of law firms to represent it in nationwide litigation and compliance matters, it selected Wiggin and Dana to be one of the 10.
- When a publicly traded financial-services company faced a bet-the-bank consumer class action lawsuit attacking its very business model, it selected Wiggin and Dana to represent it.
- When an insurance company received a $35 million judgment against it in a class action brought by automobile body shops, it turned to Wiggin and Dana to bring the appeal to the state supreme court.
- When a museum faced a challenge to its ownership of a van Gogh masterpiece valued at over $150 million, it turned to Wiggin and Dana, which succeeded in persuading a federal judge to dismiss the claim.
- When a former president of Mexico was served with a $50 million lawsuit alleging (falsely) that he was responsible for a massacre in Mexico in the 1990s, he hired Wiggin and Dana, which persuaded the District Court to dismiss the suit and the Second Circuit to affirm, in a case raising important issues of foreign sovereign immunity.
- When a major aerospace company needed a Special Compliance Official for its consent agreement with the U.S. Department of State regarding export law compliance, it selected a Wiggin and Dana partner who was then approved by the State Department.
Our lawyers give the same dedication to pro bono clients as to the major institutions on our client roster. For example, in the past two years, Wiggin and Dana litigators prevailed at trial in a Section 1983 civil rights action, and settled another Section 1983 action on the eve of trial. In a Criminal Justice Act case we achieved two successive appellate victories in the Second Circuit on behalf of a prisoner convicted of Espionage Act violations. In 2014 alone the department represented 49 clients on a pro bono basis, and received awards from Connecticut Legal Services and New Haven Legal Assistance, the two largest legal aid organizations in Connecticut.
The litigation department training program helps associates to develop the skills they will need to succeed as trial lawyers. As an addition to the "on-the-job" training and feedback that associates get from working with partners on real cases, the program exposes associates to the nuts and bolts of litigation, the need to think strategically, and the importance of understanding and meeting client expectations.
We work collaboratively with our clients to provide efficient and cost-effective legal services and encourage mutually beneficial alternative fee arrangements where feasible. And we keep our litigation teams lean and responsive. We know from experience that a limited number of knowledgeable and responsible people produces the best results, while keeping costs contained. How do we do this? It's simple, we invest time in our clients and associates. We make it our business to know your business through our cross-disciplinary industry or client-specific practice teams. And we train our associates: for example, we have an annual nuts and bolts trial training program, an annual mock jury trial, and a writing program comprised of seminars and one-on-one instruction.
While our litigation practice is exceptionally broad, here are specific areas in which we can serve you:
- Antitrust and Consumer Protection
- Accountant and Auditor Liability Defense
- Appellate and Complex Legal Issues
- Art and Museum Law
- Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Defense
- Cybersecurity and Privacy
- Design and Construction Litigation
- Education Law
- Environmental Litigation
- Franchise and Distribution
- Government Contracts and Compliance
- Insurance and Reinsurance
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- International Trade Compliance
- Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Enforcement and Litigation
- Manufacturing Industry
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- National Security
- Probate Litigation
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability Defense
- Real Estate Disputes
- Securities Litigation
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
- White Collar Criminal Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance
1For more about the standards for inclusion please see: www.chambersandpartners.com/ methodology; www.benchmarklitigation.com/about-our-research-and-methodology; www.bestlawyers.com/ct_methodology.aspx; www.whoswholegal.com/wwl100/ methodology.