Brett J. Boskiewicz

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Brett Boskiewicz is a member of the firm's Litigation Section. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, including state and local government contracting disputes. He has tried cases to verdict, has successfully argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court, and has handled several commercial arbitrations and routinely litigates matters in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also has experience in employment discrimination matters, intellectual property litigation, and real estate disputes.

    Additionally, Mr. Boskiewicz has over five years of environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance experience in the private sector and at a major university.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Business Litigation

      • Obtained an $18.3 million jury verdict for Computers Plus Center, Inc., against the State of Connecticut. Computers Plus was a 16-employee computer reseller who sold computers primarily to state and local governments. In 2002 to 2003, the State Department of Information Technology accused Computers Plus of fraud, unfair trade practices, and breaching three state contracts. The department reported these accusations to the state police, pursued criminal charges against Computers Plus's president, and personally sued Computers Plus and its president. Computers Plus counterclaimed against the State, claiming that state employees made several false statements about Computers Plus and its president that Computers Plus claimed ruined its reputation and destroyed its business. After a 2½ month trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Computers Plus and awarded it damages for the full value of its business. The trial court reduced the jury's verdict. This matter is currently on appeal.
      • Other Experiences

      • Negotiated a successful nonmonetary resolution to claims against a Fortune 100 company that alleged raiding and hiring employees subject to noncompetition agreements.
      • Business Litigation

      • Defended an international postal product manufacturer against Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, constructive discharge, and wrongful termination claims. Resolved the case favorably before trial.
      • Defended a human services organization against employment discrimination claims. Resolved the case favorably before trial.
      • Real Estate Litigation

      • Defended a national railroad company against inverse condemnation and trespass claims concerning an alleged easement over the railroad. This case involved complicated valuation issues related to the presence of mineable stone and rock on the property and the feasibility of developing an industrial subdivision on property that was purportedly landlocked by the alleged taking.
      • Representing a real estate developer in a dispute with several subcontractors.
      • Representing a nonprofit human services organization in a dispute concerning title to a large parcel of real estate and the effect of a reverter in the deed.
      • Representing a Connecticut-based manufacturing company in a dispute with its landlord.
      • Represented a real estate developer in a partnership dispute concerning development rights to several large parcels of land in southeastern Connecticut. Successfully resolved the matter before trial.
      • 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).
      • Business Litigation

      • Represented an importer in an administrative review and subsequent court case challenging the validity of certain new food labeling regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. The administrative review and court case helped the client successfully achieve its business objectives and implement new internal processes and controls.
      • Represented a major national finance company in claims against a borrower who defaulted on over $3 million in commercial loans. Teamed with commercial finance attorneys to achieve a successful restructuring of the debt and to avoid further litigation.
      • Currently representing a Connecticut-based company that has been the target of several defamatory Internet postings intended to harm the company's business. Identified the parties who made the defamatory postings using fictitious names by filing a federal court lawsuit and issuing subpoenas to the websites and the Internet service providers.
      • Other Experiences

      • Served as co-counsel for United Technologies Corporation in $6 billion patent infringement action relating to jet engine fan blade technology. Our client prevailed on summary judgment.
      • Ecclesiastical

      • Representation of 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. Claims against the client include negligent hiring, supervision and retention of the alleged perpetrator of the abuse, breach of fiduciary duty, and vicarious liability.
      • Business Litigation

      • Represented an advertising consulting agency in arbitrations and court cases involving various commercial disputes.
      • Represented a Massachusetts-based manufacturer in a dispute against a customer who breached its payment obligations after receiving and using the products. Obtained a prejudgment attachment and subsequent judgment against the customer.
      • Successfully resolved claims against a major international corporation in a case involving the alleged loss of European antique collector cars, parts, and authenticating documents and records.
      • Defended a national document production equipment supply company against breach of contract, the Uniform Commercial Code, and unfair trade practices claims. Achieved a favorable settlement of all claims before trial.
      • Other Experiences

      • Represented a manufacturing company in an environmental enforcement action involving claims of illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
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    • 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)

    • News

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