Denis J. O’Malley is a member of the firm’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group. He represents commercial insurers in a broad range of coverage matters and disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Denis served as law clerk to the Honorable Justice Richard N. Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He was also a summer associate at Robinson+Cole. While attending law school, he was a legal extern for the Honorable Joan G. Margolis, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Connecticut, and later worked as a law clerk for a prominent appellate litigation firm in Hartford, where he conducted research, drafted legal memoranda, and edited briefs to be filed with state and federal appellate courts.
Denis served as the Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Additionally, he was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board, and a teaching assistant for courses on Contracts and Moot Court. He received the 2017 Connecticut Judges’ Association Memorial award, the Best Oralist award in the 2015 William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition, the 2015 William F. Starr First Year Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and CALI Excellence awards in five of his courses.
Denis worked as a student attorney for the appellate section of the University of Connecticut School of Law Criminal Clinic. In that role, he co-authored the petitioner’s successful brief in Christopher Gaskin v. Commissioner of Correction (AC 39462), in which the Connecticut Appellate Court granted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and vacated the petitioner’s underlying criminal convictions based on due process violations that occurred at trial.
Denis also wrote a student note for the Law Review, Guns & Governance, 48 CONN. L. REV. 1347 (2016), which the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission later cited in its decision to uphold a law disqualifying persons convicted of public corruption offenses from receiving public campaign financing. See Applicability of General Statutes § 9-706(a)(5) to Candidates Convicted of Certain Felonies Who Seek Public Funds through the Citizens’ Election Program, Declaratory Ruling 2017-01, Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, at 11 n.11 (June 21, 2017) (http://www.ct.gov/seec/lib/seec/DeclaratoryRuling201701.pdf).
Prior to entering law school, Denis spent several years as a journalist, primarily covering police, emergency services, and courts for daily newspapers in Scranton, PA; Bridgeport, CT; and Danbury, CT.