Jessica A.R. Hamilton

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Jessica Hamilton focuses her practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as high-exposure liability claims and other complex commercial litigation. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, the Insurance + Reinsurance and Appellate Groups, and the Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team.

    Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

    Jessica represents and advises numerous insurance companies in first-party property insurance coverage actions, including property damage, business interruption, and bad faith claims, throughout New England. She also represents and advises liability and excess insurance carriers in connection with high-exposure litigation. She has extensive experience in the defense of insurers in claims and lawsuits involving defective concrete in federal and state courts.

    Jessica is also experienced at litigating and advising clients on allegations of bad faith and unfair claims settlement practices in the adjustment of insurance claims. She has successfully obtained pretrial dismissals of numerous insurance lawsuits, including lawsuits asserting extra-contractual damages, such as those available in Massachusetts under Chapter 93A and in Connecticut under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) and Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act (CUIPA), in both state and federal courts. She has represented clients at all stages of litigation, including pre-trial strategy, motion practice, written discovery, depositions, trial, and appeal.

    Pro Bono

    Jessica is committed to doing pro bono work. She currently represents immigrant children in deportation proceedings based upon referrals from the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

    She writes regularly on insurance-related topics, and contributes to Robinson+Cole’s Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog and Massachusetts Appellate Blog.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Jessica served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bethany J. Alvord of the Connecticut Appellate Court and to the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. While attending law school, Jessica served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Henry J. Boroff at the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, and represented clients as a member of the University of Connecticut's Tax Clinic. She also served on the editorial board of the Connecticut Law Review.
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Successfully briefed and argued a motion for summary judgment before the Connecticut District Court on behalf of an insurer who argued that the progressive deterioration and cracking of foundation walls caused by oxidation of minerals in the concrete was not a “sudden and accidental” collapse, as required by the insurer’s policy. 

      • Successfully defended an insurer in multiple actions under homeowners policies for progressive deterioration and cracking of foundation walls caused by oxidation of minerals in the concrete. Successfully convinced six judges of the Connecticut District Court in eleven separate actions that there is no coverage for the alleged damage under the terms of the policy, which has resulted in the dismissal of the actions. 

      • Obtained summary judgment for an insurance company on a bad faith allegation in an automobile insurance coverage dispute case. The court granted summary judgment on the bad faith allegation independent of the breach of contract count because it agreed that plaintiff’s evidence in support of its bad faith allegations failed to support such a claim as a matter of law.

      • Represented an insurance company in a breach of contract claim lodged by religious organization, which sought coverage of settlements paid out to individuals who claimed to have suffered sexual abuse by organization members. Responsible for researching and preparing the key witness on the CUTPA/CUIPA allegations for the three week trial before the Connecticut District Court.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Insurance Law
      Women in the Law
      Young Lawyers Section

      Defense Research Institute
      Insurance Law
      Mobilizer for Connecticut, State Mobilization Initiative for Local Engagement (SMILE)
      Co-Chair, Social Media Marketing Committee, 2017 DRI Bad Faith Liability Insurance Conference in Boston

      American Bar Association
      Young Lawyers Division

      Professional Liability Underwriting Society

      American Bar Association
      Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Law General Committee (2018 - 2019)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in the 2018 Connecticut Super Lawyers list.

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      World Affairs Council of Connecticut
      Board of Directors
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "State v. Santiago: Connecticut Highlights Quandaries of Death Penalty Repeals," published in Appellate Practice, the newsletter of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation (Winter 2016)
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      "Finding New Power in the Wind, the Earth, and the Sun: A Survey of the Regulation of Alternative Energy Generated on American Indian Reservations in the United States and First Nation Reserves in Canada," published in 44 Conn. L. Rev. 1383 (2012)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Assignment of Benefits," co-presented with J. Tyler Butts, during the 2018 Eastern Regional Adjusters Conference, hosted by the Property & Liability Resource Bureau, in Hartford, Connecticut (10/30/2018)
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      "Assignment of Benefits," during the 2018 Central Regional Adjusters Conference hosted by the Property & Liability Resource Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa (9/12/2018)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 27, 2018

        Tyler Butts, Jessica Hamilton, and Jonathan Small Present During 2018 Eastern Regional Adjusters Conference

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 14, 2018

        Jessica Hamilton Presents at 2018 Central Regional Adjusters Conference

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      • June 1, 2018

        Jess Hamilton and Jon Small Recognized by the Center for Children’s Advocacy

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      • October 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors World Affairs Council Luncheon Discussion on Brexit

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      • March 29, 2016

        Jessica Hamilton Writes Article for ABA's Appellate Practice Journal

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      R+C News Releases

      • October 22, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Elected to World Affairs Council of Connecticut Board of Directors

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      • October 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes New Lawyers

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