Rich graduated from the Harvard Law School cum laude in 1993 and from the College of the Holy Cross magna cum laude in 1990. He was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1993 and in Connecticut in 1994. Rich has represented national and international contractors in a variety of disputes throughout the Northeast and in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. He has also represented diverse clients in civil litigation and in appeals, having argued before the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a BV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. In 2004 the Connecticut Law Tribune named him one of the New Leaders of the Law.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND EXPERIENCE:
The following are representative of Rich’s accomplishments and experience:
- Representation of major EPC contractor in complex litigation with project owner, insurer, insurance broker, and turbine supplier. In that litigation, which arose out of the construction of power plant, Rich handled claims for liquidated damages, delays, excess costs, as well as claims for coverage under applicable insurance policies, all arising out of a catastrophic construction accident involving multiple deaths and serious injuries.
- Representation of international EPC contractor on power generation project. Rich was involved in multiple issues arising out of a crane collapse, working with the client to develop strategies for identification and interviewing witness, document collection and preservation, contract analysis and preparation of required notices and claims, and negotiations with other interested parties to develop an evidence preservation agreement and a plan for site stabilization and debris removal.
- Representation of University in dispute with contractor arising out of signature construction project. Rich advised the client regarding multiple claims by both parties and owner’s decision to terminate the contractor. Rich then assisted owner in arranging for the reprocurement of remaining work after contractor was terminated.
- Representation of contractor on sewer repair and replacement project for a regional potable water and sewer authority. Rich successfully negotiated the resolution of contractor’s claims for additional compensation and the owner’s backcharges.
- Representation of general contractor in multiple disputes with subcontractors with respect to claims arising out of the construction of a $150 million federal prison. Rich was involved in litigation in three different jurisdictions and was responsible for coordinating pleading and discovery strategy, as well motion practice and the management of local counsel.
- Representation of major municipality in the preparation and review of contract documents for A/E services on numerous school repair and renovation projects.
- Representation of contractor in the preparation and review of subcontract packages for construction of multiple green energy projects.
- Representation of two luxury condominium associations in negotiations with architects and contractors for finalization of contract documents for major repair and renovation projects.
- Representation of college in negotiations with contractor for finalization of contract documents for dormitory renovation and related improvements.
- Representation of parking garage owner in negotiations with engineer for finalization of contract documents, prepared draft contract documents for bid packages for prospective general contractors and negotiated final contract documents with bid winner, and represented owner in multiple disputes arising during construction.
- Representation of major regional law firm in a dispute with a former client. Rich represented the firm in asserting its claim for significant unpaid fees and defended the firm from the former client’s malpractice counterclaim. Rich also successfully mediated a resolution of the dispute.
- Representation of Catholic diocese in litigation arising out claims of sexual abuse at a Catholic hospital within the diocese. The plaintiffs had asserted that the dioceses “controlled” the operation of the hospital at which the claims arose, but Rich was able to obtain a dismissal of the action through aggressive discovery strategy that established that plaintiff had no evidence to prove the diocese had any operational control over the hospital.
- Served as mediator between the State of Connecticut, Military Department and a voluntary association affiliated with the prestigious state militia unit, First Company, Governor’s Foot Guards. At the request of then-Governor M. Jodi Rell, Rich attempted to broker a settlement between the Military Department and the association, which owned the armory at which the First Company, Governor’s Foot Guards drilled.
- Appellate representation of defendant in action arising out of a motor vehicle accident. At trial, the plaintiff’s request for offer of compromise pre-judgment interest had been stricken as a discovery sanction. In a case of first impression, Rich successfully defended on appeal the power of trial judges under the rules of practice and the court’s own inherent power to issue such sanctions. Yeager v. Alvarez, 302 Conn. 772 (2011).
- Successful representation of contractor in appeal to the Supreme Court of Connecticut in case involving questions of arbitrarily and the extent of Connecticut’s waiver of sovereign immunity in construction disputes. Bacon Construction Co., Inc. v. State of Connecticut, Department of Public Works, 294 Conn. 695 (2010).
- Representation of regional regional refuse authority in appeal of litigation with municipal customers. Town of New Hartford v. CRRA, 291 Conn. 433 (2009). Case involved authority’s rate-setting power, commercial contract principles, and impact of special legislation on authority’s power.
- Representation of construction industry amici curiae in appeal involving question of workers’ compensation exclusivity. Archambault v. Soneco/Northeastern, Inc., 287 Conn. 20 (2008) and Pelletier v. Sordoni Skanska Const. Co., 286 Conn. 563 (2008).
- Representation of commercial boat yard in appeal involving contract dispute arising out of purchaser’s attempt to repudiate purchase and acceptance of luxury vessel. First Nat. Bank of Litchfield v. Miller, 285 Conn. 294 (2008). After the client had been unsuccessful at the Connecticut Appellate Court, Rich was retained and successfully petitioned the Connecticut Supreme to take the case. Rich then obtained a judgment reversing adverse trial court result.
- Representation of State of Connecticut Employees Retirement Commission in appeal involving dispute over calculation of employee pensions. Longely v. State Employees Retirement Comm’n., 284 Conn. 149 (2007).
- Representation of architect in appeal to the Supreme Court of Connecticut arising out of arbitration award against owner for unpaid professional services. Kasper v. City of Bridgeport, 278 Conn. 466 (2006).
- Successful appellate representation of automobile purchaser in warranty dispute with dealer. Krack v. Action Motors, 87 Conn. App. 687, cert. den. 273 Conn. 926 (2005).
- Successful representation of divorcing spouse in an interlocutory appeal. Rich represented the wife in a high-profile divorce action. She had obtained an interlocutory judgment of approximately $500,000 in pendente lite attroneys’ fees and the husband appealed the order. Rich obtained dismissal of opposing spouse’s appeal on jurisdictional grounds, in part using a novel issue regarding the finality of judgments under Connecticut law. Perricone v. Perricone, AC 2546, cert. granted in part, 271 Conn. 919 (2004).
- Successful representation of general contractor in appeal concerning the discharge of a $15 million mechanic’s lien. The contractor had obtained judgments at the trial court dismissing the lien. On appeal, Rich successfully defended the trial court’s judgment of dismissal relying on the language of the subcontracts and relevant statutory provisions. HSI General Contractors, Inc., v. FPL Energy, Marcus Hook, L.P., No. 1835 EDA 2004 (Pa. Super 2004.); F.W. Hake, Inc., v. FPL Energy, Marcus Hook, L.P., No. 1836 EDA 2004 (Pa. Super 2004.); Mid-Atlantic Contractors, Inc. v. FPL Energy, Marcus Hook, L.P., No. 1837 EDA 2004 (Pa. Super 2004).
- Successful representation of general contractor in appeal concerning the discharge of a $18 million mechanic’s lien by a supplier. The trial court had discharged the lien based on the plain language of the parties’ contract and the supplier appealed, arguing that certain contract provisions were intended to operate retroactively, thus barring the lien. On appeal, Rich successfully defended the trial court’s judgment. ALSTOM Power Inc. v. Balcke-Durr, Inc., 269 Conn. 599 (2004).
- Successfully represented steel inspector in appeal arising out of catastrophic workplace accident. Pelletier v. Sordoni Skanska Const., 262 Conn. 373 (2003).
- Representation of major retailer in appeals arising out of premises liability disputed. Meek v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 72 Conn. 467 (2002); Chylinski v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 150 F.3d 214 (2nd Cir. 1998).
- Successful representation of contractor on appeal in case involving a federal construction project. The contractor had obtained a favorable judgment on its delay claim at the Board of Contract Appeals. Rich helped successfully defend that judgment on appeal resulting in a favorable decision that clarified Federal law with respect to Eichleay formula used to calculate extended home office overhead damages arising out of owner-caused delays on federal construction projects. West v. All-State Boiler, 146 F.3d 1468 (Fed. Cir. 1998).
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
The College of the Holy Cross, A.B. in History, magna cum laude, 1990
BAR ADMISSIONS INVOLVEMENT
United States District Court:
- Eastern District of New York
- Southern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals:
- Second Circuit
- Federal Circuit
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC
Hartford Board of Education (2012-present)
Hartford Redevelopment Agency (1999-2003)
Metropolitan District Commission, (1996-2006)
Hartford Charter Revision Commission (2002, 2008)
Hartford Parking Authority (2004-2005)
Connecticut Law Tribune, New Leaders of the Law
2004 Hartford County, Overall Achievement
Co-author of Chapter 11, “Commonly Encountered Legal Issues” in International Construction Law; a Guide for Cross-Border Transactions and Legal Disputes (ABA 2009)
Connecticut Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Institute (2004 & 2005)