Edward Heath is the chair of the firm's Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team.
Mr. Heath is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented businesses throughout the country in complex corporate litigation for the last seventeen years. He has pursued or defended numerous nine- and eight-figure disputes, including obtaining a complete defense jury verdict on behalf of an institutional client facing $100 million in contract and business tort claims. He has been effectively defending companies against class action claims for over a decade and recently secured the dismissal of a proposed nationwide class action brought against an international manufacturing company, without the company making any payment to the plaintiff, potential class members, or plaintiff's counsel.
Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance
Mr. Heath also regularly advises institutional clients in connection with criminal and civil government investigations and enforcement actions. This work has involved federal agencies such as the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the attorneys general and other administrative agencies in various states.
As a result of his litigation and government enforcement experience, Mr. Heath is routinely called upon to conduct internal investigations for companies and provide guidance on matters of corporate compliance and litigation risk.
His clients have included technology companies; manufacturers; financial institutions and financial services firms; health care entities; educational, charitable, and religious organizations; professional associations, such as law and accounting firms; municipalities; judges; and media personalities.
Mr. Heath has a strong commitment to pro bono work. He is the vice president and a board member of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and a board member of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. For seven years, he served as chair of Robinson & Cole's Pro Bono Committee, during which time the firm and its lawyers, including Mr. Heath, individually, received over a dozen awards or other forms of recognition for pro bono work. For example, Mr. Heath co-developed a firm program that for the last several years has provided free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and harassment seeking restraining orders for protection. He also served for several years as a member of the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Pro Bono Committee and was a founding member of the Hartford Advisory Board of the Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides legal service to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.