Christopher J. Hug

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Chris Hug focuses exclusively on dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and  litigation. He handles a range of disputes, with a focus on those arising in construction, commercial lending, commercial contract, municipal contracting, trusts and probate, and insurance contexts. Mr. Hug has nearly three decades of experience as a trial lawyer, and he practices in both Connecticut federal and state courts as well as in the Southern District of New York.

    Construction Litigation

    Mr. Hug represents owners, contractors, engineers, and insurers in disputes arising from the construction of various projects, such as schools, laboratories, energy plants, commercial building, nuclear power, athletic facilities, wastewater treatment, and landfills. He is well-versed in industry contracts and specialized damages claims, including, but not limited to, loss of productivity claims.

    Mr. Hug is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and Connecticut Bar Association Construction Law Section.

    Probate Litigation

    Mr. Hug has an active probate litigation caseload. He represents institutions in a fiduciary capacity, healthcare providers, charities, and various beneficiaries in disputes in probate and courts of general jurisdiction. This includes cases involving will contests, instrument interpretation disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, accounting disputes, conservatorship appointments, and commitment hearings.

    Mr. Hug participated as a member of the Connecticut Probate Practice Book Advisory Committee and assisted in drafting the new Rules of Practice for Connecticut Probate Courts,  effective July 1, 2013. He frequently appears as a faculty member describing and explaining various aspects of probate law to the Connecticut Probate Judges and the Connecticut Bar industry groups. Mr. Hug is a senior adjunct professor of law at Western New England University School of Law, where he has taught a course on probate litigation since 2007.

    Business Litigation

    Mr. Hug represents various entities, including municipalities, utilities, and private companies, in business disputes, with a focus on contract-related matters. He is  particularly experienced at handling matters which involve system failure analysis, manufacturing and/or processing defects,  environmental issues, financial disputes, and creditors' rights. Mr. Hug’s cases typically involve the coordination of multiple experts. His most recent experiences include software/hardware installation and maintenance contracts, manufacturing defects, boiler design and installation, wastewater treatment plant disputes, foreclosure, and lender liability defense.

    Insurance Litigation

    Mr. Hug represents insurers in large-loss property insurance disputes, particularly as it relates to heavy engineering and physical damages. He also represents insurers in commercial general liability disputes arising out of defective construction, design, and workmanship. Mr. Hug has represented insurers in connection with natural disasters such as hurricanes, and major construction projects.  
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented commercial lender in defense of Retail Installment Sales Financing Act (RISFA)/UCC claims in connection with creditor's rights, specifically, lending and repossession practices. Handled replevin matters relating to equipment financing or leasing. In many instances, our firm assists the creditor utilizing Connecticut’s prejudgment remedy procedure, which allows the creditor to seize the equipment first, and prove-up their right to the equipment in a later court proceeding. Such procedure often leads to timely and favorable results.
      • Construction Litigation

      • Representation of Bechtel, a contractor hired to decommission the Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant, in a dispute over how to address and pay for the presence of Sr-90 discovered in the groundwater. Ensuing litigation involved interviewing and engaging expert and consulting witnesses in groundwater modeling and health physics, taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions, and developing strategic options in support of client's positions. The matter settled shortly before the trial was scheduled to begin.

      • Prosecution and defense of delay claim in high-rise condominium complex.

      • Defense of numerous Katrina-related insurance and construction issues in New Orleans.

      • Defense of municipal owner in litigation over construction of a landfill.

      • Defense of construction claim related to lateral support wall at a university athletic facility.

      • Successful bid protest defense of school construction project.

      • Defense of general contractor in large HVAC dispute at large laboratory facility.

      • Representation of Milford Housing Authority concerning emergency construction issue. Case involved older building that had falling bricks. Matter involved negotiation with contractors, HUD, and others concerning repair, including obtaining appropriate funding.

      • Representation of the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority in arbitration of claims related to faulty design and construction of energy recovery reuse facility against engineering procurement and construction contractor. Representation also includes litigation regarding a defective boiler.

      • Business Litigation

      • Conducted two-week arbitration of environmental claims, employment claims, CUTPA claims, and breach of contract claims arising out of the sale of a scrap metal processing facility.

      • Representation of the New Haven Solid Waste Authority in administrative disputes concerning disposal of solid waste.

      • Insurance Litigation

      • Defense of insurer in arbitration and state court proceedings in Florida for $300 million property damage, business interruption, and consequential damage claim brought by owners of Miami Beach resort because of Hurricane Andrew.

      • Representation of insurer against claimant for extensive property loss. Claim involved separating water versus flood damage, damages versus betterment, and pricing issues.

      • Defense of insurer against claimant for demolition and hazardous materials remediation costs. Claim involved extensive overcharging.

      • Defense of insurer concerning $80 million coverage issue related to a deep rock tunnel built 100 meters underground through difficult geological conditions. The case involved issues relating to design defects, workmanship, and remedial costs as well as experts in tunnel boring, grouting, hazardous chemicals, and construction engineering/management.

      • Representation of an insurance company and its insured to liquidate $100 million in claims from approximately 70 claims against insured. Through mediation, the $100 million in claims was reduced to approximately $20 million and 100 percent of cases settled out of court.

      • Representation of insurer in defense of litigation from construction defects from the "Big Dig" project in Boston. Specifically, the matter involved the failed installation of an underwater tunnel segment, resulting in flooding and movement of a large concrete tunnel segment. The issues included both design and workmanship concerns.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Forum on the Construction Industry (1996 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Construction Law Section (1996 - present)

      American Bar Association
      Business Law Section (1992 - present)

      Connecticut Construction Industry Association (1997 - present)

      Associated General Contractors of America (1997 - present)

      American Bar Association
      Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (1992 - present)

      Construction Institute (2003 - present)

      Hartford County Bar Association
      Board of Directors (2017 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow, 2013

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation - Construction since 2011 and Construction Law from 2009 to 2011

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Connecticut Swimming, Inc.
      General Chair of the Board of Directors (2010 - 2012)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Rules of Evidence and Hearing Management Conferences," co-presented with Edward J. Heath, at Hot Topics in Probate Court CLE in Cromwell, Connecticut (12/2/2015)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 13, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at 2017 Connecticut Legal Conference

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      • December 15, 2015

        Hartford Lawyers Participate in CBA/Probate Judicial Joint Meeting

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      • April 23, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Successfully Defends Connecticut Municipality in Construction Contract Case

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      • April 17, 2013

        Chris Hug Presents Workshop at Judges Institute

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      • May 26, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected General Chair of Connecticut Swimming, Inc.

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      • April 27, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Partner Was Keynote Speaker At CTAWWA Seminar

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • March 13, 2017

        Chris Hug Elected to Hartford County Bar Association’s Board of Directors

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • March 1, 2013

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

      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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