John Pitblado has extensive experience in a wide range of insurance-related litigation, including class action, ERISA, coverage and other insurance litigation involving contract disputes, bad faith, statutory unfair insurance and trade practices, RICO, fraud and misrepresentation claims, for insurers in the life, health, property & casualty and reinsurance industries. Mr. Pitblado also has experience handling regulatory matters, including market conduct examinations and complaint handling procedures before state insurance regulatory authorities.
Mr. Pitblado has handled numerous cases before Connecticut's state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the complex litigation docket, and bankruptcy court, and numerous other state and federal trial and appellate courts as pro hac vice counsel, in pre-trial proceedings, at trial, and on appeal. Representative cases include Chen v. Hopkins School, Inc., 148 Conn. App. 543, 86 A.3d 482 (2014); Merrimon v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Amer., 758 F.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2014) (amicus); Leimkuehler v. Am. United Life Ins. Co., 713 F.3d 905 (7th Cir. 2013) (amicus); Nationwide Life Ins. Co. v. Haddock, 460 Fed. Appx. 26 (2d Cir. 2012) (amicus); Northwestern Mut . Life Ins. Co. v. Gil , No. 3:07-cv-00303-VLB. 2009 WL 276086 (D. Conn. Feb. 5, 2009), aff'd 351 Fed. Appx. 515 (2d Cir.); Royal Indemnity Co. v. King, 512 F. Supp. 2d 117 (D. Conn. 2007); Nichols v. Salem Subway Restaurant, 98 Conn. App. 837, 912 A.2d 1037 (2006); and Waldman v. Jayaraj, 89 Conn. App. 709, 874 A.2d 860, cert. denied, 275 Conn. 907, 882 A.2d 680 (2005). He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented insurance companies in numerous private and court-annexed mediations and arbitrations.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Pitblado served as co-chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section. During law school, he clerked full time during summers and part time during the school year for a large Connecticut firm, and was an associate editor of The Connecticut Law Review. He received CALI awards for achievement in Criminal Law, International Law, and the Law and Literature of Crime, and the school-wide Ralph Colucci Award for Excellence in the Study of Law and Literature.
Mr. Pitblado has been consistently recognized for his pro bono work on behalf of minor children subject to neglect and abuse petitions brought by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families in Connecticut’s juvenile courts.