Aaron S. Bayer, Former Deputy Attorney General, State of Connecticut, to Lead Wiggin & Dana’s National Appellate Practice

May 24, 2003
Wiggin & Dana announces the expansion of its appellate practice with the addition of new partner Aaron S. Bayer.  Bayer will succeed Mark R. Kravitz as chair of the firm’s national appellate practice.  He will also represent institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations.
 
Kravitz was recently nominated by President Bush to be a U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut.  Edward Wood Dunham, chair of Wiggin & Dana’s executive committee, says “Mark Kravitz is one of America’s truly outstanding lawyers.   So is Aaron Bayer.  And it is our great good fortune that Aaron is joining us to help take our nationally-recognized appellate practice to even greater heights.”
 
Bayer, most recently General Counsel and Secretary of Connecticut College, formerly served as the Deputy Attorney General of Connecticut from 1991-2000 and Counsel to Senator Joseph Lieberman and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee from 1989-1991.
 
"I've known Aaron for many years.  He was a great asset to me, first as a legislative assistant in my senate office, and then as my legal counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee," Senator Joe Lieberman said. "Wiggin & Dana, a law firm I was associated with early in my career, is fortunate to have Aaron and the wealth of public and private sector experience he brings."
 
As Deputy Attorney General, Bayer oversaw the work of the Office’s 210 attorneys, who advise the Governor, legislature, and all agency heads, represent the State in all civil litigation, and investigate misconduct by state officials.  As Deputy, he managed some of the Office’s most complex and politically sensitive cases.  He reorganized and strengthened the Office’s extensive appellate practice and oversaw the State’s involvement in amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He personally argued cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and D.C. Circuits, including successfully defending the State’s reapportionment and redistricting plan and obtaining a reversal of a $2 million verdict on a First Amendment claim. 
 
"I'm delighted that Aaron Bayer will be back in the advocacy arena -- bringing his consummate skill and tenacious energy to the most challenging cases,” said Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General.  “I know firsthand from nine years working together that he is powerful and persuasive in court, and a source of insightful, wise counsel."
 
In his capacity as Secretary of Connecticut College, Bayer managed the work of the Board of Trustees, coordinated efforts of the College’s senior management, and advised the President of the College.  As General Counsel, he oversaw the College’s legal affairs including all litigation, contracts, and college policies and procedures.  He was responsible for government relations and legislative efforts that affected the College’s interests.  He taught Constitutional Law at the College and at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, guest lectured on legal and policy issues in a number of other courses, and served as the Acting Vice President of College Advancement during 2001-2002.
 
Norman Fainstein, President of the College, said: “In his time here, Aaron Bayer has made extraordinary contributions to every aspect of the College.  His advice and counsel to me and to the College have been invaluable, and he will be sorely missed.”
 
Bayer’s responsibilities at Connecticut College, as well as his oversight of the representation of the state universities while Deputy Attorney General, provide him with extensive experience to serve the firm’s many educational clients.  In addition, he will assist media clients in freedom of expression and freedom of information matters.  A longstanding advocate of open government, he has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Freedom of Information Commission, and currently serves as Vice President of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government.  
 
Bayer will be resident in Wiggin & Dana’s Hartford office.  He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Yale University in 1977, and in 1980 received his J.D. cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review
 
After law school he was a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Following his clerkship, Bayer maintained a federal litigation practice consisting of primarily appellate cases at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. for 6 years.  He then worked in the United States Senate until he was appointed Deputy Attorney General of Connecticut in 1991.
 
Founded in New Haven, Conn., in 1934 with predecessor firms dating back to the 19th century, Wiggin & Dana has more than 150 attorneys in four offices. The firm’s expertise includes all forms of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities law, labor and employment, benefits, complex corporate and real estate transactions, health care, and estate planning and administration. Wiggin & Dana’s appellate practice is national in scope, both in terms of the clients whom it represents and the appellate courts in which it appears. The firm has handled numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, argued appeals in virtually every federal circuit court in the United States (with more than two dozen appearances in the Second Circuit alone) and appeared before more than a dozen different state Supreme and Appellate Courts throughout the United States.   
 
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