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John C. King

Principal, Hartford

John C. King

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John C. King has been a Shareholder of the Firm since 1981. Prior to that, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John P. Cotter, then Senior Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and Chief Court Administrator for the State of Connecticut.

Mr. King has extensive trial experience, both court and jury, and appellate experience in both the state and federal systems. Mr. King coordinated the extensive litigation services the firm provided in connection with the New Haven Mall project. In that capacity, he worked with in-house and national counsel and was responsible for simultaneous defense of fourteen lawsuits brought by opponents of the project in various state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as for proactive litigation brought against such parties. He successfully defended United Technologies Corporation in a jury trial of a wrongful discharge claim, and, in a case described in The Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the most significant wrongful discharge cases in many years, Mr. King tried to the Court, and argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court, on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Mr. King has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and in mediation. He also has served as a private mediator in a variety of disputes, and has received a Certificate from the AAA, having completed its course of Essential Mediation Skills Mr. King also has extensive experience within the state and federal administrative sys- tem, and represents a significant number of clients before the Connecticut General Assembly on a wide variety of matters. Mr. King’s legal and legislative clients have included Northeast Utilities (Eversource), Microsoft, CT AIA, A.T.&T., United Technologies, General Electric, national insurance companies, railroads, national pharmaceutical companies, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and the Connecticut Catholic Conference.

In the area of municipal defense and municipal law, Mr. King has represented many of Connecticut’s municipalities, including Hartford, Bridgeport, New Britain, Bristol, Middletown, Suffield and Newtown. Mr. King represented the City of Bridgeport both at the trial and appellate level and before the United States Supreme Court in a case in which the Supreme Court granted the City’s Petition for Certiorari and reversed both the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Mr. King was chief trial counsel for the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority in a federal action in Bridgeport, wherein the U.S. District Court awarded a permanent injunction to Tweed against the Town of East Haven, holding that East Haven’s attempt to regulate a runway safety project was federally preempted. Mr. King suc- cessfully represented the City of Bridgeport, both at trial and before the CT Supreme Court, in a matter wherein the court dismissed a state elections law challenge to the results of the primary for Mayor.

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Liaison with State Government Committee

  • Hospital for Special Care
    Board of Directors
    Chairman, Governance Committee 2010 - Present

  • Corporation Counsel
    City of New Britain, 2011 - 2013

  • Hartford County Bar Association
    Past President
    Municipal Law Committee, Co-Chairman

  • New Britain Housing Authority
    Past Chairman, Board of Commissioners

  • New Britain Chamber of Commerce
    Board of Directors

  • New Britain Municipal Economic Development Agency
    Executive Board, Past President

  • Mooreland Hill School
    Past President and Founder

  • Pathway Senderos New Britain
    Past President
    Board of Directors

  • Fairfield College Preparatory School
    Board of Governors 1998-2004

  • Community Mental Health Affiliates
    Board of Directors 1996-2001

  • Democratic State Central Committee 1992-2002
    Chairman, Personnel Committee

  • New Britain Democratic Town Committee
    Chairman 1984-1990

  • New Britain Civil Service Commission
    Chairman 1979-1984

  • Hospital of Central Connecticut

  • United States Supreme Court

  • State of Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit