John F. Conway

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Location:
Wallingford, Connecticut
Phone:
866-475-8805
Fax:
203-269-3487
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John F. Conway heads Loughlin Fitzgerald, P.C.'s commercial litigation and business transaction practices. For thirty years, John has litigated commercial and personal injury cases in Connecticut federal and state courts, earning a reputation throughout the state as a credible and knowledgeable Connecticut litigator.  John also counsels clients on non-litigation matters involving corporate formation, corporate transactions, contract review and drafting, and other legal issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of a business.    

John graduated from Lehigh University's School of Economics and Business Cum Laude in 1985 and was awarded his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1988, having served as an Associate Editor of the Fordham Law Review.  Following his graduation from Law School, John served as a law clerk to Judge J. Daniel Mahoney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Following his clerkship, John worked for eleven years in the litigation department of the law firm of Wiggin and Dana, six years as an associate and five years as a partner.  John joined Loughlin Fitzgerald, P.C. in 2000.    

John has served as lead counsel representing clients in complex legal challenges involving insurance, employment, land use, landlord/tenant, construction, contract, civil rights, unfair trade practices, consumer rights and corporate governance issues.  He has argued multiple appeals before the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court.  In addition, John often serves as local Connecticut counsel to national and international law firms whose clients have matters pending in Connecticut state and federal courts.   

John and his wife Kristin live in Milford, Connecticut, where they raised their three children.  John and Kristin have given back to the community by serving as licensed foster parents.  In addition, John serves as the attorney for the Board of Directors of The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help advance them academically and professionally.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Municipal Law & Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1992

Representative Cases

  • R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., et al., 171 Conn. App. 61 (2017) (served as Connecticut co-counsel to lead trial counsel for 28 insurers in a two-phase, seven-week insurance coverage declaratory judgment trial and interlocutory appeals of trial court decisions involving underlying asbestos, silica, and talc related claims).
  • Carbone v. East Haven, Docket No. 14-cv-1120(DJS) (D. Conn. July 21, 2016) (obtained summary judgment in favor of municipality concerning its former employee’s claims of violations of the Family Medical Leave Act).
  • Berg v. Sorbo, et. al., Docket No. 12-cv-228 (MPS) (D. Conn. March 11, 2014) (obtained summary judgment in favor of municipality and its current mayor dismissing plaintiff’s civil rights claims arising out of the highly publicized arrest of the former mayor of the municipal client).
  • Bergman v. Town of Hamden, 2012 WL 4471261 (D. Conn. April 9, 2012) (obtained summary judgment in favor of municipality and several of its land use officials regarding plaintiff’s claims that his Constitutional rights were violated by zoning enforcement actions brought against him).
  • Sullivan v. Lazzari, 135 Conn. App. 83 (2012) (represented landlord in eviction action at trial and appeal successfully defeating defendant’s constitutional challenges to Connecticut’s summary process statutes).
  • Tuccio Dev. Inc. v. Miller, 2010 WL 2794192 (D. Conn. 2010), aff’d, 443 F. Appx. 26 (2nd.Cir. 2011) (obtained summary judgment in favor of municipality and several of its land use officials on all of a real estate developer’s claims asserted in three separate consolidated actions that its Constitutional rights were violated by zoning enforcement actions brought against it, successfully represented client in appeal resulting in summary judgment being affirmed by the Second Circuit).
  • Waterbury Twin, LLC v. Renal Treatment Centers-Northeast, Inc., 292 Conn. 459 (2009) (represented client - a subsidiary of a publicly traded company that operates dialysis centers throughout the United States - at trial level and appeal resulting in a 3-2 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court upholding the trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff landlord’s eviction action seeking to evict client from commercial property on which it operated dialysis center. The Connecticut Supreme Court’s majority decision clarified a split of authority amongst Connecticut Superior Court judges, adopting arguments made by Mr. Conway).
  • May v. Coffey, 291 Conn. 106 (2009) (represented a hedge fund at trial level and in appeal as Connecticut co-counsel to client’s national counsel in a corporate governance action alleging breaches of fiduciary duties resulting in a unanimous decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court upholding the trial court’s decision to dismiss the claims against the client).
  • Milford Paintball, LLC v. Wampus Milford Assoc., LLC, 117 Conn. App. 86 (2009) (represented client in a commercial property landlord tenant dispute, obtained reversal and remand for a new trial by the Connecticut Appellate Court of a judgment against client on grounds that the trial court committed legal error in its interpretation of the subject lease).
  • State v. Philip Morris, Inc., 289 Conn. 633 (2008) and State v. Philip Morris, Inc., 279 Conn. 785 (2006) (represented several tobacco manufacturers as Connecticut counsel to clients’ national counsel in litigation resulting in two Connecticut Supreme Court decisions ordering the State of Connecticut to arbitrate disputes relating to the multi-billion dollar master settlement agreement between the tobacco manufacturers and the State).
  • Rosado v. Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan, Corp., 276 Conn. 168 (2005) (represented five “John Doe” priests in litigation commenced by New York Times and the Boston Globe seeking to challenge protective orders sealing documents contained in court file revealing actual identity of clients, successfully maintained confidentiality of clients’ identities, argued before en banc panel of Appellate Court and Supreme Court on matters of “first impression” in Connecticut concerning trial court’s continuing jurisdiction to consider challenges to sealing orders).
  • Conn Acoustics, Inc. v. Xhema Construction, Inc., 88 Conn. App. 741 (2005) (in action involving claimed construction defects, obtained reversal and remand for a new trial by the Connecticut Appellate Court of a judgment against client on grounds that the trial court committed legal error in its application of the parole evidence rule).
  • George v. Town of Watertown, 85 Conn. App. 606 (2004) (obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against municipality and its zoning board of appeals challenging constitutionality of Town’s land use ordinances imposing “sidewalk fees” on developers, successfully represented client in appeal resulting in dismissals being affirmed by the Appellate Court).
  • Reform Party of Connecticut v. Bysiewicz, 254 Conn. 789 (2000) (represented Minor state political party in rarely utilized Connecticut statutory evidentiary proceeding before Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court resulting in expedited order by Chief Justice that Secretary of State list client’s candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States on the state wide ballots).

Past Employment Positions

  • Wiggin & Dana, New Haven Connecticut, Partner (1996–2000), Associate (1989–1996)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Hon. J. Daniel Mahoney, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989