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

      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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

      • 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.
    • 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

      • 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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      R+C News Releases

      • June 21, 2013

        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