Natale & Wolinetz handles a range of highly sophisticated and high stakes matters for some of the largest general contracting and Engineering Procurement and Construction Firms in the United States. The Firm also serves as panel counsel to a number of Fortune 500 insurance companies and represents a variety of institutions, including third-party adjusters, captive insurance groups, insurance brokers, various manufacturers and other employers throughout Connecticut, and one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. While the Firm has a proven track record of success in the prosecution and defense of complex matters, it also represents individuals and businesses in all types of civil litigation. The Firm has an active practice in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has also handled significant matters outside those jurisdictions for a number of its clients.
We are dedicated to our core principle–providing first-rate litigation services with passion and a commitment to achieving our clients’ overall objectives. In all of the areas of civil litigation in which we practice, this results-oriented approach remains the same. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide top-notch yet cost-efficient legal representation that makes paramount the needs of each client.
Natale & Wolinetz was founded in 2009 by Tony Natale and Brian Wolinetz. Prior to forming the Firm, the two were partners at a prominent Connecticut law firm, where Tony was Chair of the Litigation Department and also a member of the Executive Committee. Natale & Wolinetz provides legal counsel and representation in civil litigation, including construction accident and defect claims, insurance coverage disputes, the defense of workers’ compensation claims, product liability, and tort claims, and the prosecution and defense of commercial/contract disputes. Since its founding, Natale & Wolinetz has grown to include four lawyers and four support staff.
The Firm’s commitment to accomplishing our clients’ goals has enabled us to deliver successful outcomes in a variety of areas. Some representative examples of our successes since the Firm was founded include the following:
- The successful defense of a general contractor in a case involving the failure of a walkway along the Long Island Sound. The claim at issue which was made against our client was in excess of $4,000,000. While the case was resolved following a multi-day mediation, the settlement resulted in our client paying nothing, and actually receiving compensation as part of the resolution.
- The successful resolution of a design defect case against a professional design firm. This case resulted in a settlement after the entry of a prejudgment remedy in favor of our client and the discovery that followed. The settlement netted a resolution to our client that far exceeded the amount of insurance available to satisfy the claim.
- Successful resolution of a wrongful death case for a national construction company. Our client obtained a zero–cost resolution, and was actually reimbursed a substantial portion of the costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in obtaining that result.
- We serve as panel counsel appointed to handle all general liability claims, workers’ compensation claims and construction defect claims arising out of a $400,000.00 construction project in Stamford, Connecticut. We have actively litigated and successfully resolved dozens of workers’ compensation claims that have arisen on that project, and were also able to obtain an almost $2,000,000.00 settlement in a claim brought against a design professional that was negligent in the rendering of services.
- We have responded to a number of catastrophic construction accidents, including a scaffold fatality at a construction project in Missouri and a fire at a private school undergoing a major renovation in Connecticut. Our firm was successful in dealing with the aftermath of each of these accidents, and the respective projects were able to resume with very little disruption to the construction schedule. In the case of the scaffold fatality, for example, our firm interfaced with federal and local authorities and our client avoided any type of citation. While handling the many issues that arise following a serious construction accident, including issues of evidence preservation and spoliation concerns, we successfully engaged all applicable insurance carriers with a view toward prosecuting and/or defending any subrogation claim and other lawsuits that may arise as a result of the accident.
- We successfully litigated a claim against a popular night club establishment as a result of a patron being served alcohol that resulted in a serious automobile accident that injured our client. Though the establishment had no insurance, our firm obtained a prejudgment remedy on behalf of our client for the maximum amount allowed by law. As a result, we were able to attach thousands of dollars in bank accounts which resulted in the defendant paying a settlement that approached the statutory amount allowable by law.
- We successfully defended a contractor in a breach of contract claim brought by a factoring company. Our firm was successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of that client with respect to most of the claims at issue. Once summary judgment entered, we were able to negotiate a very favorable settlement on behalf of our client. While the plaintiff had initially requested over $800,000.00 in a federal lawsuit, the plaintiff accepted a settlement of $25,000.00.
- We represented a manufacturer in connection with the aftermath of an industrial accident, in which an individual was killed in an elevator accident at our client’s facility. After responding to the scene of the accident immediately after it occurred, we represented our client in interfacing with OSHA and other authorities, dealing with the press, navigating insurance considerations, and in defense of a wrongful death action brought by the Estate. After successfully handling each of these components, we were able to effectuate a prompt and extremely low-cost, favorable resolution on our client’s behalf.