Whitman Breed Successfully Defends Nine-Figure Charitable Gift Before the Connecticut Supreme Court
The Firm successfully defended the validity of a significant gift to a charitable trust in an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court. The gift, which was challenged by a relative of the donor, was intended to – and now will – benefit quadriplegics and their caregivers. It is believed to be among the largest individual charitable donations in Connecticut history. The appeal followed a trial victory on the Complex Litigation Docket of the Superior Court.
On behalf of family trustees, the appeal was argued by Whitman Breed partner Charles Pieterse with assistance from partner Wyatt Jansen and associate Trevor Larrubia. The Firm worked closely on the appeal with co-counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, including lead trial counsel Lynn Neuner, Laura Twomey, Joshua Polster, and Sara Ricciardi.