Frank F. Coulom Jr.

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Frank Coulom has over 30 years of experience in litigation, and he has tried numerous cases to verdict, final judgment, or final arbitration decision. He represents clients in a range of industries, from healthcare to construction to manufacturing. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group.

    Litigation

    Frank has broad experience extricating clients from expensive and complicated commercial litigation. His practice includes insurance and reinsurance, employment, and complex civil litigation. His employment litigation experience includes trying matters dealing with prevailing wage, disability, age and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, breach of employee contract, wrongful termination, fidelity claims, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pension litigation. He has also argued before the Second Circuit on labor and employment issues. Frank’s civil litigation practice has a particular emphasis on civil rights and commercial contract disputes. During his career, he has been involved in leading cases in numerous additional areas, such as business torts and intellectual property issues.

    Frank has achieved positive results for clients, such as successfully defending property damage claims arising out of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He has obtained numerous favorable verdicts for his clients, including for a business owner who was accused of sexual harassment. He secured the dismissal of $96 million in claims against the State of Connecticut in a class action brought by state employees.

    General Counsel

    Because of his extensive trial experience, Frank serves as legal counsel to the firm. He also regularly represents lawyers in matters of legal ethics and professional negligence, and frequently lectures on legal ethics and professional responsibility.

    He is the coauthor of a book on discovery practice as well as the coauthor of a book on products liability published by West Publishing Company. From 2006 to 2018, Frank has been selected for inclusion in the Connecticut/New England Super Lawyers® list. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Commercial Litigation since 2016.

    He served for several years on the faculty of the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Connecticut Bar Association, instructing other lawyers how to be better trial advocates. Frank served for two years as law clerk to Judge Alfred L. Luongo, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented party in reinsurance dispute and litigated issue about whether arbitrations relating to 12 different reinsurance agreements could be consolidated into a single arbitration.

      • Obtained jury verdict in favor of defendant business owner accused of sexual harassment in federal court.
      • Represented reinsured in dispute with reinsurance broker about return of collateral provided by reinsurer at alleged termination of reinsurance agreement.
      • Represented reinsured in litigation with its reinsurer concerning the breach of a commutation agreement related to the reinsurance program.
      • Counseled major food producer regarding tax treatment of public warehouse space for apportionment purposes.
      • Represented an advertising consulting agency in arbitrations and court cases involving various commercial disputes.

      • Successfully defended appeal, at Second Circuit Court of Appeals, of summary judgment in favor of employer dismissing age discrimination claims as time barred because of employee’s failure to fail a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within the statutory time period.
      • Successfully resolved claims files, in both state and federal court, by employee of retaliation, discrimination under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act.
      • Defense of a parish against labor and employment practice claims asserted by a long-time parish sexton. Successfully negotiated an advantageous settlement of the claims.
      • Representation as general outside counsel for approximately 20 years to a statewide association of cities and towns. Representation includes matters regarding litigation, contracts, insurance, employment, the secretary of the state's procurement of voting machines under the Help America Vote Act, and the replacement of lever voting machines throughout Connecticut.
      • Favorable resolution of claims, in both federal court and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, of tortious wrongful discharge in violation of public policy and wrongful discharge in violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
      • Obtained dismissal of all claims against the State of Connecticut in a constitutional takings class action brought by state employees claiming entitlement to the proceeds of the demutualization of the state's health care insurance carriers.
      • Represented commercial client against application to vacate arbitration award based on public policy grounds. Successfully argued that no public policy was violated and that, without transcript of underlying arbitration, records were inadequate for review on public policy grounds.

      • Representing reinsured in attempt to enforce arbitration agreement and recover from reinsurer its portion of overcharges of workers' compensation insurance premiums.
      • Provided ongoing reinsurance advice to Fortune 100 company regarding its worldwide captive insurance program and the negotiation and securitization through reinsurance of that program.
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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (1983 - present)

      Hartford County Bar Association
      Ethics Committee (1983 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Life Fellow

      United States District Court for the State of Connecticut
      Grievance Committee

      AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, ARIAS US (2007 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2018.

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Litigation, Reinsurance Law, and Insurance Law (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Commercial Litigation since 2016

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      Civil Discovery Practice in Connecticut (1995)

      Products Liability 50 State Handbook, co-authored with Edward F. Hennessey (1994)
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    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Professionalism Boot Camp CLE," presented by the Connecticut Bar Association at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut (11/30/2018)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 6, 2018

        Frank Coulom Presents During CBA Professionalism Boot Camp

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 18, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Victory Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • November 12, 2015

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