Andrew A. DePeau


  • Overview


    Andrew DePeau, a member the firm's Business Litigation Group, focuses his practice on all aspects of business litigation and dispute resolution. Specifically, he represents clients in the banking, finance, and securities industries and has handled matters involving business torts, breach of contract, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and real estate issues.

    Business Litigation

    Andrew represents clients across the country in a variety of business disputes. His litigation experience includes representing clients in federal and state lawsuits, arbitrations, foreclosures, and appeals. He has previously handled class action disputes involving consumer products, tax assessments, and insurance contracts. Andrew obtained a favorable decision on a motion for summary judgment for an investment management company in a commercial foreclosure case. He also successfully moved to preclude an opposing party’s expert witness in a class action tax appeal.

    Banking, Financial, and Securities Litigation

    Andrew represents banks, investment management companies, insurance companies, and others in the financial services industry. He has represented investment management companies and their officers against claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional mismanagement. He has also successfully assisted clients with complying with third-party subpoenas and responding to threats of litigation.

    Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Litigation

    Andrew also represents secured and unsecured creditor clients in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights disputes. His bankruptcy experience has included fraudulent conveyance claims, preference claims, adversary proceedings, and relief from stay disputes. Andrew has handled creditors’ rights disputes, including representing mortgagees in foreclosure proceedings. He successfully obtained a judgment of strict foreclosure for a client in a contested case involving a commercial foreclosure.

    Andrew contributes to the firm's Data Privacy + Security Insider blog.

    Prior to joining the firm, Andrew was a law clerk for Judge F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court. During law school he was an intern law clerk for the State of Connecticut and two Hartford-based corporations. He was awarded the Bankruptcy Medal of Honor and the Aspen Law and Business Award for Evidence.

    In addition to his legal experience, Andrewhas substantial experience in business. Prior to attending law school, he spent eight years working for a successful startup business that conducts investigations of hedge fund managers for banks, large endowments, family offices, and fund-of-funds.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a Connecticut-based investment company in a civil lawsuit brought by a former investor. The plaintiff initially sought six-figure damages. After briefing a motion to dismiss and serving discovery, the plaintiff agreed to a settlement that was a fraction of its initial demand.

      • Prevailed at the summary judgment stage on breach of contract action brought by our client against a company that refused to pay for goods and services rendered. After fully briefing the issue, the court granted summary judgment and the client was able to avoid the necessity and expense of trial.

      • After a court hearing, succeeded in foreclosing a large commercial property in South Windsor and obtaining a multi-million dollar deficiency judgment for our distressed investment company client.

      • Succeeded in obtaining a protective order to avoid subjecting client to burdensome and unnecessary depositions. 

      • Precluded opposing party’s expert witness in a class action tax appeal where we represented a group of Connecticut property owners. 

      • Successfully argued against summary judgment in commercial foreclosure action brought by investment bank client in Connecticut state court. 

      • Briefed and obtained partial summary judgment in high stakes litigation involving a private school in Connecticut.  

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      American Bar Association

      Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court (2016)

      Turnaround Management Association (2017)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2017 to 2021.

      Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Commercial Litigation.

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford
      Board of Trustees (2021 - present)

      South Park Inn
      Secretary, Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "Pressed for Time: A Real Estate Purchaser's Right to Invoke Section 108(B) to Extend The Time for Performance When the Contract Provides That Time is of the Essence," co-authored with Ryan M. Messina, published in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice (December 2020)
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      "Section 510 — Subordination, Recent Developments," co-authored with Ryan M. Messina and Patrick M. Birney, which was published in the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. (August 2020)
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      "Permission to Sue: Applying the Barton Doctrine to Unsecured Creditors' Committee Members," published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (April 2017)
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      "Unharnessing the Governmental-Unit Stay Exception: SEC v. Miller," co-authored with Patrick M. Birney (May 2016)
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    • Presentations


      "Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: The Year in Review," presented as part of the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) 2021 Connecticut Legal Conference (6/15/2021)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 14, 2021

        Andrew DePeau, Tom Donlon and Evan Seeman Present at CBA's 2021 Connecticut Legal Conference

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      • June 29, 2021

        Andrew DePeau Elected to Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • April 11, 2017

        Andrew DePeau Authors Article for ABI Journal

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      • June 9, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Publish Article in ABI Journal

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

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      R+C News Releases

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      • August 19, 2021

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      • October 15, 2020

        47 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in Super Lawyers®

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      • August 20, 2020

        61 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 8, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes 10 New Lawyers

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