Eric Daniels served as Robinson+Cole's managing partner from 2000 to 2009 and currently serves as partner in charge of the firm's Hartford office. Mr. Daniels also serves as chair of the firm's Product Liability Practice Group, and he is a founding member of the firm's Manufacturing Industry Team. He has more than 30 years of experience in the litigation and trial of product liability cases and business and commercial matters.
Mr. Daniels serves as national product liability counsel for the largest global manufacturer of commercial and residential ice machines and related products. In addition, he has served as national product liability counsel for a manufacturer of commercial food preparation and refrigeration equipment, a distributor of consumer appliances, and a manufacturer of flooring systems. Finally, he has served as Connecticut product liability counsel for a manufacturer of lawn and gardening equipment. His experience includes the defense and mediation of multiple claims asserted against a leading manufacturer of stormwater retention systems, the defense of a leading manufacturer of electronic goods in a class action involving portable DVD players, the defense of a leading automobile manufacturer in a significant personal injury case involving product design and warning issues, and the defense of multiple claims of food contamination.
Large Loss Property Subrogation
Mr. Daniels oversees the investigation and handles the litigation of large casualty losses for property insurers in claims arising from fires, explosions, water leaks, water intrusion, flooding, and equipment failure. His experience includes a multimillion-dollar claim in connection with a fire at a warehouse caused by the explosion of a metal halide light bulb, a claim in connection with an electrical fire at a liquid asphalt manufacturing facility, and a multi-million dollar claim in connection with a mill fire caused by improper storage of chemical waste. Mr. Daniels also handles all of one major property insurer’s claims against Broan-NuTone involving commercial and residential fires caused by fans.
With regard to business and commercial matters, Mr. Daniels' experience includes the successful defense of a major corporation in an action involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices in connection with a failed joint venture and the successful prosecution on behalf of a major developer in an action involving similar allegations in connection with a failed acquisition of an apartment building. He also represented a multinational manufacturer of ships, industrial machinery, and aircrafts in a dispute with one of its suppliers over the applicability of an arbitration provision in a long term supply agreement to a situation involving defective component aircraft parts. Finally, Mr. Daniels has served as northeast counsel in Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation for one of the three major credit reporting agencies for twenty years.
Mr. Daniels has served as a special master in Hartford Superior Court's Early Intervention Program since 1993. In that capacity, he has presided over settlement conferences in hundreds of cases involving questions of tort liability and business-related claims. This experience has greatly enhanced his ability to assess the reasonable settlement and verdict ranges of such cases. Also, Mr. Daniels served on the Center for Progressive Reform Advisory Committee that developed the report on the "Systematic Early Settlement in Individual Product Disputes" in 1999 and on the board of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.
Mr. Daniels is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the past chair of Robinson+Cole's litigation department. In addition, he has been included on the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list every year since its inception in 2006 in the area of Business Litigation (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). Mr. Daniels is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), and he is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Litigation and Products Liability (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.).