Bayer, former Deputy Attorney General, to lead Wiggin & Dana National Appellate Practice

December 2, 2003
Corporate Connecticut 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. 
 
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.  
 
Bayer will be resident in Wiggin & Dana’s Hartford office.  
 
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.