Eric D. Daniels

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Eric Daniels served as Robinson+Cole's managing partner from 2000 to 2009 and currently serves as partner in charge of the firm's Hartford office. Mr. Daniels also serves as chair of the firm's Product Liability  Practice Group, and he is a founding member of the firm's Manufacturing Industry Team. He has more than 30 years of experience in the litigation and trial of product liability cases and business and commercial matters.

    Product Liability

    Mr. Daniels serves as national product liability counsel for the largest global manufacturer of commercial and residential ice machines and related products. In addition, he has served as national product liability counsel for a manufacturer of commercial food preparation and refrigeration equipment, a distributor of consumer appliances, and a manufacturer of flooring systems. Finally, he has served as Connecticut product liability counsel for a manufacturer of lawn and gardening equipment. His experience includes the defense and mediation of multiple claims asserted against a leading manufacturer of stormwater retention systems, the defense of a leading manufacturer of electronic goods in a class action involving portable DVD players, the defense of a leading automobile manufacturer in a significant personal injury case involving product design and warning issues, and the defense of multiple claims of food contamination. 

    Large Loss Property Subrogation

    Mr. Daniels oversees the investigation and handles the litigation of large casualty losses for property insurers in claims arising from fires, explosions, water leaks, water intrusion, flooding, and equipment failure. His experience includes a multimillion-dollar claim in connection with a fire at a warehouse caused by the explosion of a metal halide light bulb, a claim in connection with an electrical fire at a liquid asphalt manufacturing facility, and a multi-million dollar claim in connection with a mill fire caused by improper storage of chemical waste. Mr. Daniels also handles all of one major property insurer’s claims against Broan-NuTone involving commercial and residential fires caused by fans.

    Business Litigation

    With regard to business and commercial matters, Mr. Daniels' experience includes the successful defense of a major corporation in an action involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices in connection with a failed joint venture and the successful prosecution on behalf of a major developer in an action involving similar allegations in connection with a failed acquisition of an apartment building. He also represented a multinational manufacturer of ships, industrial machinery, and aircrafts in a dispute with one of its suppliers over the applicability of an arbitration provision in a long term supply agreement to a situation involving defective component aircraft parts. Finally, Mr. Daniels has served as northeast counsel in Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation for one of the three major credit reporting agencies for twenty years.

    Mr. Daniels has served as a special master in Hartford Superior Court's Early Intervention Program since 1993. In that capacity, he has presided over settlement conferences in hundreds of cases involving questions of tort liability and business-related claims. This experience has greatly enhanced his ability to assess the reasonable settlement and verdict ranges of such cases. Also, Mr. Daniels served on the Center for Progressive Reform Advisory Committee that developed the report on the "Systematic Early Settlement in Individual Product Disputes" in 1999 and on the board of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

    Mr. Daniels is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the past chair of Robinson+Cole's litigation department. In addition, he has been included on the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list every year since its inception in 2006 in the area of Business Litigation (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). Mr. Daniels is also listed in  The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), and he is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Litigation and Products Liability (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.).

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Product Liability

      • National product liability counsel for the largest global manufacturer of commercial and residential ice machines and related products, a manufacturer of commercial food preparation and refrigeration equipment, a distributor of consumer appliances, and a manufacturer of flooring systems.

      • Connecticut product liability counsel for a manufacturer of lawn and gardening equipment. 

      • Defense and mediation of multiple claims asserted against a leading manufacturer of stormwater retention systems. 

      • Defense of a leading manufacturer of electronic goods in a class action involving portable DVD players. 

      • Defense of a leading automobile manufacturer in a significant personal injury case involving product design and warning issues. 

      • Represented one of North America's largest packaged food companies in a series of products liability lawsuits arising out of the nationwide recall of an allegedly contaminated food product. 

      • Represented international manufacturer of airline components in lawsuit involving alleged exposure of employee to toxic chemicals. Plaintiff alleged that the exposure resulted in severe birth defects. 

      • Obtained voluntary dismissal on behalf of national retailer of climbing equipment in products liability action arising out of a fall off a cliff at a state park. As a result of the firm's litigation efforts, the plaintiff withdrew his action without any compensation. 

      • Large Loss Property Subrogation

      • Resolved at mediation a multimillion-dollar claim in connection with a fire at a warehouse caused by the explosion of a metal halide light bulb.

      • Litigated a claim in connection with an electrical fire at a liquid asphalt manufacturing facility. 

      • Resolved at mediation a multimillion-dollar claim in connection with a mill fire caused by improper storage of chemical waste. 

      • Responsible for all of one major property insurer’s claims against Broan-NuTone involving commercial and residential fires caused by fans.

      • Business Litigation

      • Representation of a major corporation in an action involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices in connection with a failed joint venture.

      • Representation of a major developer in an action involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices in connection with a failed acquisition of an apartment building.

      • Representation of a multinational manufacturer of ships, industrial machinery, and aircrafts in a dispute with one of its suppliers over the applicability of an arbitration provision in a long-term supply agreement to a situation involving defective component aircraft parts. 

      • Northeast counsel in Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation for one of the three major credit reporting agencies for twenty years. 

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Hartford County Bar Association (1986 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (1986 - present)

      American Bar Association (1986 - present)

      Connecticut Business & Industry Association
      Board of Directors (2003 - 2007)

      United States Law Firm Group
      Past President

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow

      American Bar Foundation
      Fellow
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation since 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Litigation and Products Liability (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      HARC Volunteer of the Year Award, 2012

      Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Community Champion, 2012

      United Way Community Service Award, 2014

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law since 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Achieve Hartford!
      Chairman of the Board (2008 - 2016)

      The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
      Board of Trustees, Board Secretary; Executive and Corporate Giving Committees
      Chair of Governance Committee and Board of Overseers

      Goodwin College
      Community Leadership Council

      Greater Hartford Arts Council
      Chair of the 2016 Community Campaign; Board of Governors; Governance Committee member

      HARC 2010 and 2011 Auction
      Co-chair

      Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
      Board of Ambassadors

      Hartford Hospital
      Board of Governors; Chair 2015 Gala

      Interval House
      Honorary Director; Founding Member Men Make a Difference; Men Against Domestic Violence; Chair 2016 Gala

      iQuilt Partnership Inc.
      Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Chair of Governance Committee

      MetroHartford Alliance
      Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Chair of Budget & Finance Committee

      National Conference for Community and Justice, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
      Chair 2017 Human Relations Award Banquet

      New Horizons, Inc.
      Chairman of the Board

      Renbrook School
      Chairman of the Board

      United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
      Chair of 2012 Community Campaign; Board of Directors

      University of Saint Joseph
      Ambassador

      Wadsworth Atheneum
      Board of Electors; Audit Committee
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Promise or peril: CEO transition at Hartford public schools," published in Hartford Business Journal, co-authored with Paul Diego Holzer, the executive director of Achieve Hartford!. The article discusses the Hartford Board of Education's recent decision not to renew the contract of the current superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, and the importance of searching for a new leader and closing the achievement gap of the Hartford Public Schools. (7/1/2013)

      "Review of 2003 and 2004 Second Circuit Products Liability Cases," published in Quinnipiac Law Review (2005)

      "Spoliation of Evidence: A State-by-State Survey" (2002) published in an ABA publication

      "Review of 2000 Second Circuit Products Liability Cases," published in Quinnipiac Law Review (2001)

      "Review of 1999 Second Circuit Products Liability Cases," published in Quinnipiac Law Review at (2000)

      "Component Part Manufacturer and Bulk Supplier Liability in Products Liability Cases," published in an ABA publication (1999)

      "Review of 1998 Second Circuit Products Liability Cases," published in Quinnipiac Law Review at (1999)

      "Systematic Early Settlement of Individual Product Disputes," published in a CPR publication (1998)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Rising Star Breakfast," a featured speaker at the MetroHartford Alliance's monthly Rising Star Breakfast at Hartford Stage (10/31/2014)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 11, 2017

        Eric Daniels Co-Hosts Event with Cathy Malloy at Governor’s Residence

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      • February 23, 2016

        Eric Daniels to Chair 2016 Greater Hartford Arts Council Campaign

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • February 4, 2015

        Eric Daniels Chairs 2015 Black & Red to Benefit Hartford Hospital

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      • November 17, 2014

        Eric Daniels Speaks at Rising Star Breakfast

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      • February 5, 2014

        Eric Daniels to Receive United Way's 2014 Community Service Award

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      • July 12, 2013

        Eric Daniels Co-authors Article on Hartford Public Schools for the HBJ

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      • April 26, 2013

        The United Way Elects Eric Daniels to Its Board of Directors

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      • March 1, 2013

        Eric Daniels Chairs United Way's Best of Awards

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      • October 2, 2012

        Eric Daniels in Public Service Announcement for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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      • July 10, 2012

        Eric Daniels Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

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      • April 27, 2012

        Eric Daniels Cochairs Breakfast with Champions for Interval House

      • December 28, 2011

        Hartford Hospital Elects Eric Daniels as Corporator

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      • December 13, 2011

        Sixties Themed HARC Auction Breaks Record

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      • June 27, 2011

        Eric Daniels Appointed to iQuilt Board

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      • May 12, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Part of HARC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

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      • March 4, 2011

        Eric Daniels Celebrates New Hartford Public School Superintendent

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      • February 9, 2011

        Op-Ed Urges Commitment to Positive Educational Reform in Hartford

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      • December 27, 2010

        Eric Daniels Cochairs Interval House’s Breakfast with Champions

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      • December 20, 2010

        HARC and Robinson & Cole Celebrate 25-Years of Teamwork

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      • December 8, 2010

        HARC Auction Sets Record

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      • September 24, 2010

        HARC Annual Auction Benefits People with Intellectual Disability

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      • May 14, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partners Recognize Eric D. Daniels for Years of Service as Managing Partner

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      • December 30, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Managing Partner Named Among "Dozen Who Made a Difference" by Law Tribune

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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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      • January 20, 2017

        Eric Daniels to Chair 90th Anniversary Human Relations Award Banquet

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 3, 2016

        Eric Daniels and Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Appointed to Newly Formed Board of Ambassadors

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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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      • November 19, 2015

        Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Recognizes Robinson+Cole

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      • October 20, 2015

        Eric and Pat Daniels Co-Chair Interval House’s 2016 Gala

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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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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      • February 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Co-Chairs Interval House’s Third Breakfast with Champions

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      • December 9, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Chairs Hartford Hospital’s 2015 Black & Red

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • March 28, 2014

        United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Honors Eric Daniels with 2013 Community Service Award

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      • October 24, 2013

        University of Saint Joseph Appoints Eric Daniels as Community Ambassador

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      • 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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      • July 14, 2011

        Governor Appoints Attorney Eric Daniels to iQuilt Board

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