Brian Wheelin

Brian J. Wheelin


Brian J. Wheelin


  • Overview


    Brian Wheelin, a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group, has significant experience litigating and arbitrating a variety of complex business and real estate disputes. He is a trial lawyer who has handled over a dozen jury and bench trials. His trial successes include obtaining a defense verdict while representing a seller alleged to have breached an asset purchase agreement and defeating an insured’s claims of bad faith. Brian also regularly argues appeals before the United States Second Circuit and state appellate courts in Connecticut and New York. He represents a range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, lenders, developers, and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

    Real Estate Litigation

    Brian handles litigation which arises in the real estate context, such as commercial lease disputes, title insurance matters, claims against condominium associations and commercial foreclosures. He has obtained successful results for clients, such as defeating an injunction looking to prevent a developer from re-opening a Connecticut highway rest stop. He recently assisted a condominium association with disbursing nearly $2 million in insurance proceeds to unit owners following a fire. Brian serves on the firm's Real Estate and Title Insurance Litigation Committee.

    Litigation Management and Electronic Discovery

    Brian is national litigation counsel for several clients. He manages outside counsel in an effort to ensure cost-effective results. He successfully managed claims brought by over 500 plaintiffs in several courts involving a train derailment in West Virginia.

    He is also the firm’s Electronic Discovery partner. Brian works creatively with clients to devise proactive, cost-efficient and defensive e-discovery strategies.

    Commercial and Business Disputes

    Brian assists clients with a broad range of commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, fraud and intercompany claims. He has counseled clients in compliance with subpoena and governmental inquiries that, when unavoidable, have involved substantial document productions. Brian has routinely obtained dismissal of claims against his clients in advance of trial.

    He has served as pro bono counsel, and has been active on the boards of non-profit organizations in the Stamford, Connecticut area. The Connecticut Law Tribune honored Brian as one of its New Leaders in the Law in 2016. He was also selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2012 to 2018.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Defense verdict for alleged breaches of representations and warranties contained in asset purchase agreement from sale of fluorine chemical business at Arkansas plant where claimed damages exceeded $5 million.

      • Defeated efforts to enjoin developer from re-opening most profitable rest stop in Connecticut after three-day injunction hearing.

      • Defended Taiwanese corporation in California arbitration against multimillion-dollar claim of wrongdoing resulting from client's acquisition of semiconductor chip-testing assets.

      • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought by an airline passenger alleging wrongdoing on a international flight on a pre-discovery motion to dismiss. 

      • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in defense of claims that client had a continuing obligation to provide access to its wastewater treatment facilities, fire suppression system, and parking lot for plaintiff's use of an adjacent commercial property.
      • Successfully defeated a Second Circuit appeal challenging the denial of prejudgment interest, saving an individual client over $1 million in claimed interest.
      • Defended an individual client in a bench trial against claims challenging his ownership interest in a high-end Greenwich property.
      • Obtained defense verdict after bench trial on insured's bad faith claims.

      • Obtained the admission of a copy of a will in a hotly contested probate proceeding for a large valued estate. In representing the client, it was discovered that the individual contesting the will fraudulently misappropriated life insurance proceeds due to the decedent's wife.*
      • Represented condominium association in disbursing nearly $2 million in insurance proceeds obtained as a result of a fire. 

      • Defended major corporation at jury trial against claims brought by employee that he was entitled to certain stock option benefits.*
      • Commenced foreclosure proceedings for lender of $18 million loan for newly constructed luxury condominium high-rise.*
      • Defended corporate client against claims of environmental contamination at a private high school, resulting in a favorable settlement.*
      • Obtained summary judgment (affirmed by Second Circuit) for individual clients against a claim that they guaranteed $600,000 of a multi-million dollar debt owed by a defunct entity.

      • Successfully represented client asserting malpractice against major accounting firm, resulting in a multimillion-dollar tax liability owed to the State of Connecticut.
      • Obtained summary judgment for corporate client against plaintiff's alleged trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claims relating to a software program used by client for the processing of insurance applications. After summary judgment was granted in favor of client, the case proceeded to a jury trial against the other defendants, where the plaintiffs were awarded $26 million, in addition to other relief.*
      • Defended specialty chemicals company at trial against multi-million dollar breach of representation and warranty claims regarding sale of fluorine chemical plant. 

      • Defeated appeal by guarantor on issue of first impression pertaining to deficiency judgment. 

      • Successfully managed claims brought by over 450 plaintiffs in four separate lawsuits pertaining to train derailment in West Virginia. 

      • Currently foreclosing on $265 million mortgage on commercial office building in Stamford, Connecticut.

      • Obtain summary judgment on tenant’s multi-million dollar claims of lost business relative to disruption at commercial premises in Greenwich.  

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      * Atty. Wheelin was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Federal Practice Section, Executive Committee

      Fairfield County Bar Association
      Co-chair of Civil Litigation Committee

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow

      New York State Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2012 to 2018.

      Connecticut Law Tribune, recognized in 2016 New Leaders in the Law Yearbook 

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Stamford Dollars for Scholars
      Board of Directors (2014 - 2016)

      Make-A-Wish Foundation
      Wish Ambassador

      Yale Mock Trial Intramural Competition

      Yerwood Center
      Board of Directors (2011 - 2013)
    • Presentations


      "Bulletproofing Your Deals 2018 - Lessons from the Litigation Battlefield on Commercial Contracts Clauses," co-presented with Ian T. Clarke-Fisher, presented by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Westchester/Southern Connecticut in Darien, Connecticut (11/14/2018)
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      "Bulletproofing Your Deals – Lessons from the Litigation Battlefield on Commercial Contract Clauses," hosted by the Fairfield County Bar Association  (4/18/2017)

      "What Every Lawyer (and Their Clients) Needs to Know About Cyber Risk," at the 2015 Connecticut Legal Conference, held at the Connecticut Convention Center (6/15/2015)

      "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Cybersecurity Crisis," hosted by the Fairfield County Bar Association (3/25/2015)
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      "How to Get What You Need: A Primer on Federal (the 'New' FRCP 45) & State Subpoena Practice," hosted by the Fairfield County Bar Association, panelist (3/25/2014)

      "Admissibility of ESI: How to Turn 'Hot Docs' into Successful Verdicts," (Spring 2013)

      "What You Need to Know about Prejudgment Remedies," hosted by the Fairfield County Bar Association, Panelist (10/11/2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 3, 2018

        Ian Clarke-Fisher and Brian Wheelin Present Program for ACC Westchester/Southern Connecticut

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 15, 2018

        Five Robinson+Cole Lawyers Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

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      • August 8, 2016

        Brian J. Wheelin Appointed to Executive Committee of CBA's Federal Practice Section

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      • June 30, 2015

        Brian Wheelin Presents on Cybersecurity at CBA Annual Conference

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      • April 1, 2015

        Brian Wheelin Presents at Cybersecurity Seminar

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      • April 10, 2014

        Brian Wheelin Presents at Subpoena Compliance Seminar

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      • May 16, 2013

        Andrea Donovan Napp and Brian Wheelin Publish Electronic Discovery Article in ABA Newsletter

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      • November 5, 2012

        Brian Wheelin Presents at Seminar on Prejudgment Remedies

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • November 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 29, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Named “New Leaders in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 4, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • July 2, 2013

        Brian J. Wheelin Joins Board of Directors of Stamford Dollars for Scholars

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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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      • April 6, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes 10 New Attorneys

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