Wiggin and Dana Announces New Counsel Promotions

January 12, 2017

From left, Erik Beard, Matthew Brown, Daniel Goren, and Joshua Walls have been promoted to Counsel.

NEW HAVEN – Wiggin and Dana is proud to announce the promotion of Erik Beard, Matthew Brown, Daniel Goren and Joshua Walls to Counsel effective January 1, 2017.

"We are pleased to recognize and promote Erik, Matt, Dan and Josh to Counsel within their respective practice areas. These attorneys have contributed to their profession in many ways and have proven to their peers that they are worthy of this important next step in their careers," said Paul Hughes, Managing Partner of Wiggin and Dana. "The firm expects that these individuals will be an important part of the future growth of Wiggin and Dana and we look forward to their continued success."

Erik Beard is Counsel in the firm's Litigation Department with a practice focused on product liability and aviation litigation, counseling and litigation for clients in the amusement /leisure industry, and general business litigation. Erik has experience defending product manufacturers, distributors, sellers and insurers in state and federal courts in Connecticut and throughout the country. Erik was a member of Wiggin and Dana's trial team representing a major aviation manufacturer in a six-week jury trial involving product liability, personal injury, and wrongful death claims. Recently, Erik represented a major construction contractor in a ten day arbitration arising from the construction of a power plant in Kabul, Afghanistan. Erik has experience representing clients in a variety of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, both formal and informal, including in arbitration matters before the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association.

Matthew Brown is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department and is Co-Chair of the firm's Manufacturing Industry Practice Group. Matthew's manufacturing practice includes resolution of supplier disputes through mediation, arbitration and, where necessary, trial. Among other cases, Matthew has secured injunctive relief before an arbitration panel of retired Court of Appeals Judges from the Second and Third Circuit, and Delaware Supreme Court Justice. He has also tried to conclusion multi-million dollar jury and courtside manufacturing claims. Matthew has represented manufacturing clients in the aerospace, industrial, maritime, heavy chemicals, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries on bet the company and straightforward contract matters.

Daniel Goren is Counsel in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of the International Trade Compliance Practice Group. Dan counsels clients, including leading defense contractors, on compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and U.S. sanctions regulations. He has conducted scores of internal investigations into potential export violations, and has extensive experience drafting voluntary disclosures and developing and implementing corrective actions. Dan also has experience counseling clients on compliance issues related to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Regulations (BATFE). Dan is currently teaching a course on International Trade Compliance at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Joshua Walls is Counsel in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department. Josh's practice includes federal and state court litigation, arbitration and mediation of employment disputes, including claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, and the enforcement of covenants not to compete or solicit. Josh has handled numerous agency, trial, and appellate matters, including arguing a case before the First Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in a favorable decision by former Supreme Court Justice David Souter. In addition to his employment litigation practice, Josh counsels employers on a wide range of workplace issues including onboarding, discipline and termination, internal investigations, employee handbooks, contracts, information privacy and security, background checks, and legal compliance. Josh also advises restaurants, medical facilities, hotels, and other public accommodations about their obligations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Josh regularly lectures and conducts training seminars for employers and maintains a vibrant pro bono practice, counseling several non-profit organizations on a wide range of employment law issues.