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. He 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. Brian 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
Brian 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. Brian serves on the firm's Real Estate and Title Insurance Litigation Committee.
Litigation Management and Electronic Discovery
Brian 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.
He is also the firm’s Electronic Discovery partner. Brian works creatively with clients to devise proactive, cost-efficient and defensive e-discovery strategies.
Commercial and Business Disputes
Brian 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. Brian has routinely obtained dismissal of claims against his clients in advance of trial.
He has served as pro bono counsel, and has been active on the boards of non-profit organizations in the Stamford, Connecticut area. The Connecticut Law Tribune honored Brian as one of its New Leaders in the Law in 2016. He was also selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2020 as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2012 to 2019.