Brad Babbitt, co-chair of the firm's Litigation Section, represents businesses in a wide variety of industries, helping them to protect their interests in disputes arising from myriad different commercial relationships.
Business Litigation and Appeals
In addition to contract and business tort disputes, Mr. Babbitt has handled copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation in both federal and state court. He has also represented companies in investigations conducted by state regulators and the Connecticut attorney general.
Mr. Babbitt often represents companies in the utility industry in administrative appeals from regulatory rulings and other litigation. In this context, he has often used the preemptive power of federal or state legislation to assist utility companies in achieving their goals, despite local opposition. His experience in this area includes the Connecticut Supreme Court case that established the preemptive power of the Connecticut Siting Council over municipal zoning authorities and his defeat of attempts by antinuclear energy activists to entangle a state agency in a dispute over alleged safety violations at a nuclear energy plant. Mr. Babbitt routinely collaborates with members of our utility practice in representing our clients.
Additionally, Mr. Babbitt represents religious organizations in a variety of disputes. Mr. Babbitt has defended local churches, clergy, dioceses, and archdioceses in the Episcopal and Roman Catholic faiths from claims of sexual abuse. These actions have included 58 different cases consolidated in federal court arising from allegations of abuse at a school in Haiti. Mr. Babbitt won summary judgment for a local church and a diocese of the Episcopal Church on thirty-five-year-old claims of abuse, and successfully defended that decision on appeal. Mr. Babbitt has also represented denomination leadership in the Episcopal and Baptist faiths in property disputes with local churches. As Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Mr. Babbitt serves as legal counsel to the Bishop of Connecticut.
Mr. Babbitt has tried numerous matters to verdict in both court and jury cases and also has substantial experience in arbitration. He has handled 14 appeals in the Connecticut appellate courts and another 11 appeals in the First and Second circuits.
Before joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Babbitt clerked for the Honorable William J. Lavery on the Connecticut Appellate Court.