Drew Nelson, Cyd Smith and Nick Douglas represented a New York based construction equipment rental company in connection with the negotiation and sale of the company to one of the largest rental companies in North America. The acquisition was part of the acquirer’s strategy to expand its rental business within the greater New York City area. The Whitman Breed team addressed purchase and sale issues and real estate matters as part of the transaction.
Whitman Breed Partners have been named to Greenwich Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Fairfield County for 2021.
Jim Riley for Commercial Litigation, George Smith for Wills, Rod Saggese for Civil Litigation, and Luke Tashjian for Wills were named a Top Lawyer in Fairfield County for 2021. Greenwich Magazine published its annual list in its March 2021 edition, recognizing approximately 300 attorneys practicing in Fairfield County in various legal practice areas, using an online peer-voting process and Internet research.
Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC is proud to announce that Katie O’Neill and Wyatt Jansen have both been named as partners in the firm. Katie joined Whitman Breed in 2012 and is a partner in the Business Law Department and Wyatt, who joined Whitman Breed in 2014, is a partner in the Litigation Department.
Katie represents clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, loan originations and other financing activities. She also frequently represents small to mid-size companies in general corporate matters, including negotiating commercial contracts with vendors, suppliers, employees, and other service providers. Katie received a J.D., with honors, from Villanova University School of Law in 2011, and a BSBA in Finance from Villanova University in 2008.
Wyatt represents clients in complex business and trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation throughout Connecticut and New York. He frequently handles cases involving foreign law and first-impression legal issues and has trial experience in some of the largest corporate and trust disputes in Connecticut. Wyatt regularly writes and presents on legal issues, most recently on offshore trust litigation in domestic courts. He received a J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2012, and a B.A. from New York University.
Following more than four years of litigation, the Firm obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a client it represented on a pro bono basis. In 2016, at the request of the United States District Court, the Firm agreed to represent a former employee of the East Haven Police Department (the “Town”), who had filed an age discrimination lawsuit in connection with events culminating in the termination of her employment two years earlier. In late 2017, following discovery and extensive briefing, the District Court entered summary judgment in favor of the Town, finding that plaintiff’s voluntary retirement shortly before a scheduled disciplinary hearing in December 2014 precluded any claim that plaintiff had been constructively discharged, notwithstanding the questionable nature of the charge and statements made to the plaintiff by an Internal Affairs Officer regarding the likely outcome of the hearing. Green v East Haven Police Dep’t, 2017 WL 6498144 (D. Conn. Dec. 19, 2017). The Firm appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and, working with appellate counsel at Paul Weiss, obtained a reversal of the District Court’s decision in March 2020. In a lengthy decision, the Court of Appeals concluded that questions of fact existed as to whether plaintiff had been constructively discharged, and that based on the record, a factfinder applying the correct legal standard could rationally find that an employee in plaintiff’s position would have felt compelled to submit her resignation stating that she was retiring, rather than face nearly certain termination. Green v. Town of East Haven, 952 F.3d 394 (2020). The case was thereupon remanded to the District Court and, following a mediation before Magistrate Judge Robert Spector, the Firm obtained a settlement resulting in a six figure payment to its client. Jim Riley acted as lead counsel, and was assisted by Michael Battema.
Drew Nelson and Nick Douglas represented a leading national seller and distributor of high-quality ornamental plant seed and related products in the negotiation and sale of its distribution business to one of the worldwide leading companies in ornamental plant production and distribution. The family-owned company has been in business for over 75 years and the acquisition was part of the acquirer’s strategy to expand its business.
Whitman Breed Partners and Associates have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2020. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html
Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation), Jim Riley (Business Litigation), George Smith (Estate Planning & Probate), Rod Saggese (General Litigation), Thomas O’Connor (Rising Star – Civil Litigation), Luke Tashjian (Rising Star – Estate Planning & Probate), Kathryn O’Neill (Rising Star – Business/Corporate), and Wyatt Jansen (Rising Star – Business Litigation and Trusts & Estates Litigation) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.