Andrew A. DePeau

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Andrew DePeau, a member the firm's Business Litigation Group, focuses his practice on all aspects of business litigation and dispute resolution. Specifically, he represents clients in the banking, finance, and securities industries and has handled matters involving business torts, breach of contract, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and real estate issues.

    Business Litigation

    Mr. DePeau represents clients across the country in a variety of business disputes. His litigation experience includes representing clients in federal and state lawsuits, arbitrations, foreclosures, and appeals. He has previously handled class action disputes involving consumer products, tax assessments, and insurance contracts. Mr. DePeau obtained a favorable decision on a motion for summary judgment for an investment management company in a commercial foreclosure case.  He also successfully moved to preclude an opposing party’s expert witness in a class action tax appeal.

    Banking, Financial, and Securities Litigation

    Mr. DePeau represents banks, investment management companies, insurance companies, and others in the financial services industry. He has represented investment management companies and their officers against claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional mismanagement. Mr. DePeau has also successfully assisted clients with complying with third-party subpoenas and responding to threats of litigation.

    Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Litigation

    Mr. DePeau also represents secured and unsecured creditor clients in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights disputes. His bankruptcy experience has included fraudulent conveyance claims, preference claims, adversary proceedings, and relief from stay disputes. He has handled creditors’ rights disputes, including representing mortgagees in foreclosure proceedings. Mr. DePeau successfully obtained a judgment of strict foreclosure for a client in a contested case involving a commercial foreclosure.

    Mr. DePaeau contributes to the firm's Data Privacy + Security Insider blog.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DePeau was a law clerk for Judge F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court. During law school he was an intern law clerk for the State of Connecticut and two Hartford-based corporations. Mr. DePeau was awarded the Bankruptcy Medal of Honor and the Aspen Law and Business Award for Evidence.

    In addition to his legal experience, Mr. DePeau has substantial experience in business. Prior to attending law school, Mr. DePeau spent eight years working for a successful startup business that conducts investigations of hedge fund managers for banks, large endowments, family offices, and fund-of-funds.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Prevailed at the summary judgment stage on breach of contract action brought by our client against a company that refused to pay for goods and services rendered. After fully briefing the issue, the court granted summary judgment and the client was able to avoid the necessity and expense of trial.

      • After a court hearing, succeeded in foreclosing a large commercial property in South Windsor and obtaining a multi-million dollar deficiency judgment for our distressed investment company client.

      • Succeeded in obtaining a protective order to avoid subjecting client to burdensome and unnecessary depositions. 

      • Precluded opposing party’s expert witness in a class action tax appeal where we represented a group of Connecticut property owners. 

      • Successfully argued against summary judgment in commercial foreclosure action brought by investment bank client in Connecticut state court. 

      • Briefed and obtained partial summary judgment in high stakes litigation involving a private school in Connecticut.  

      • Briefed and obtained dismissal of several claims in an action against our client, a Connecticut-based investment company. After briefing, plaintiff withdrew claims of breach of contract and and court granted dismissal of conversion claim.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      American Bar Association

      Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court (2016)

      Turnaround Management Association (2017)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2017.

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Permission to Sue: Applying the Barton Doctrine to Unsecured Creditors' Committee Members," published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (April 2017)
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      "Unharnessing the Governmental-Unit Stay Exception: SEC v. Miller," co-authored with Patrick M. Birney (May 2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 11, 2017

        Andrew DePeau Authors Article for ABI Journal

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      • June 9, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Publish Article in ABI Journal

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      R+C News Releases

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 8, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes 10 New Lawyers

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