Brian Wheelin, a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group, has significant experience litigating and arbitrating a variety of complex business and real estate disputes. Mr. Wheelin is a trial lawyer who has handled over a dozen jury and bench trials. His trial successes include obtaining a defense verdict while representing a seller alleged to have breached an asset purchase agreement and defeating an insured’s claims of bad faith. Mr. Wheelin also regularly argues appeals before the United States Second Circuit and state appellate courts in Connecticut and New York. He represents a range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, lenders, developers, and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
Real Estate Litigation
Mr. Wheelin handles litigation which arises in the real estate context, such as commercial lease disputes, title insurance matters, claims against condominium associations and commercial foreclosures. He has obtained successful results for clients, such as defeating an injunction looking to prevent a developer from re-opening a Connecticut highway rest stop. He recently assisted a condominium association with disbursing nearly $2 million in insurance proceeds to unit owners following a fire. Mr. Wheelin serves on the firm's Real Estate and Title Insurance Litigation Committee.
Litigation Management and Electronic Discovery
Mr. Wheelin is national litigation counsel for several clients. He manages outside counsel in an effort to ensure cost-effective results. He successfully managed claims brought by over 500 plaintiffs in several courts involving a train derailment in West Virginia.
Mr. Wheelin is also the firm’s Electronic Discovery partner. He works creatively with clients to devise proactive, cost-efficient and defensive e-discovery strategies.
Commercial and Business Disputes
Mr. Wheelin assists clients with a broad range of commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, fraud and intercompany claims. He has counseled clients in compliance with subpoena and governmental inquiries that, when unavoidable, have involved substantial document productions. Mr. Wheelin has routinely obtained dismissal of claims against his clients in advance of trial.
Mr. Wheelin has served as pro bono counsel, and he has been active on the boards of non-profit organizations in the Stamford, Connecticut area. The Connecticut Law Tribune honored Mr. Wheelin as one of its New Leaders in the Law in 2016, and Connecticut Super Lawyers has consistently named him a Rising Star in Business Litigation since 2012 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).