Brett J. Boskiewicz

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Brett Boskiewicz is a member of the firm's Business Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on representing businesses in state and local government contracting matters, administrative and regulatory disputes with the State of Connecticut, and other commercial and employment disputes.  

     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Business Litigation

      • Vindicated a small woman-owned business owner who was driven out of business by the State of Connecticut's wrongful public accusations of state contracting fraud. After a two-month trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on the State's fraud claims and an $18.3 million verdict on the company's counterclaim. Prepared and argued the appeal to the Connecticut Supreme Court, which ultimately held that
        sovereign immunity shielded the State from the counterclaim verdict. The decision is reported at Chief Information Officer v. Computers Plus Center, Inc., 310 Conn. 60 (2013).

      • Designed a strategy to allow an olive oil importer to achieve its business objectives and develop internal control processes by challenging the validity of new food labeling regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

      • Appellate

      • Reversed the criminal conviction of the president of a manufacturing company whom the State of Connecticut prosecuted for allegedly violating Connecticut's hazardous waste storage and disposal laws. The State convinced the trial court to charge the jury using the broader definitions of "storage" and "disposal" in the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act instead of the definitions of those terms in the Connecticut General Statutes. The Connecticut Supreme Court held that the Connecticut definitions applied to the State's charges, not the federal definitions. The court reversed the trial court and ordered a new trial. The decision is published as State v. Cote, 286 Conn. 603 (2008). The matter was favorably resolved without another trial.
      • Affirmed dismissal of custodial interference claims against a German mother who was served with a lawsuit while in court and present in the United States to attend a hearing concerning the custody of her minor daughter. The mother was present in Connecticut as the result of a German court order that required her to return to Connecticut with her daughter to respond to a child custody lawsuit in New London. While attending the custody hearing, a marshal served the mother with a civil lawsuit that alleged custodial interference claims. The trial court dismissed the civil lawsuit because a nonresident of Connecticut is immune from service of process when present in Connecticut involuntarily in connection with a court proceeding. The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed this dismissal. The decision is reported as Golodner v. Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, 281 Conn. 819 (2007).
      • Ecclesiastical

      • Representing part of a worldwide religious order in dozens of cases consolidated in federal court involving claims arising from alleged sexual abuse of minors at a school in Haiti. Claims against the client include negligent hiring, supervision and retention of the alleged perpetrator of the abuse, breach of fiduciary duty, and vicarious liability.
      • Other Experiences

      • Reviewed state contractor's compliance with solicitation terms and successfully negotiated protection of the contractor's trade secrets and confidential business information from Freedom of Information Act disclosure.

      • Saved a health care industry client from losing a multimillion-dollar state contract by successfully challenging the request for proposal process by the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

      • Representing a Connecticut employer in a certified question to the Connecticut Supreme Court concerning the extent to which the Connecticut Constitution's Declaration of Rights protects employees' free speech rights in the workplace.

      • Defending a Global 500 international financial institution against Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation claims filed by a former executive-level employee.

    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Inadvertent Document Disclosure - How to Mitigate Damage," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored with Brad Babbitt (9/2004)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Practical Tips for Protecting State Contractors' Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information from Disclosures under State Public Records Laws," presented at American Bar Association's 9th Annual State and Local Procurement Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina (4/25/2014)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 25, 2014

        Brett Boskiewicz Presents to State of Connecticut Procurement Officials

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      • May 14, 2014

        Brett Boskiewicz Presents on Public Records Law Panel at ABA State and Local Procurement Symposium

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      • April 21, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Volunteer through Junior Achievement at Parkville Community School

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        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • November 22, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Announces Counsel Promotions