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.
Mr. DePeau 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. Mr. DePeau 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
Mr. DePeau 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. Mr. DePeau has also successfully assisted clients with complying with third-party subpoenas and responding to threats of litigation.
Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Litigation
Mr. DePeau 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. He has handled creditors’ rights disputes, including representing mortgagees in foreclosure proceedings. Mr. DePeau successfully obtained a judgment of strict foreclosure for a client in a contested case involving a commercial foreclosure.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DePeau 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. Mr. DePeau was awarded the Bankruptcy Medal of Honor and the Aspen Law and Business Award for Evidence.
In addition to his legal experience, Mr. DePeau has substantial experience in business. Prior to attending law school, Mr. DePeau 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.