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John C. Pitblado

John C. Pitblado

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Overview

John Pitblado has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation on behalf of insurers in the property and casualty, title, life, health, and reinsurance industries, including coverage, class action, ERISA, and other litigation involving contract disputes, bad faith, statutory unfair insurance and trade practices, RICO, fraud, and misrepresentation claims. John also has experience handling regulatory matters, including market conduct examinations and complaints before state insurance regulatory authorities.

John is a member of the firm’s insurance industry group, and data privacy and cybersecurity task force. He counsels clients, speaks, and writes on a range of cybersecurity issues faced by insurers, including regulatory and coverage issues.

John regularly handles cases before Connecticut's state and federal trial and appellate courts, including matters on the complex litigation docket, and in bankruptcy court. In addition, he handles cases in numerous other state and federal trial and appellate courts as pro hac vice counsel, in pre-trial proceedings, at trial, and on appeal. His extensive experience also includes alternative dispute resolution. He has represented insurance companies in numerous private and court-annexed mediations, appraisals, and arbitrations.

John has been recognized for his pro bono work, including civil rights matters, educational outreach in underserved communities, and representation of minor children subject to neglect and abuse petitions brought by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Connecticut’s juvenile courts. Since 2013, John has served on the board of directors of Lawyers for Children America, Inc., a non-profit organization providing legal representation to children subject to DCF proceedings.

John is co-chair of the firm’s national medical marijuana task force.

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Experience

  • Snyder v. ACORD, No. 1:14-cv-01736, 2016 WL 192270 (D. Colo. Jan. 15, 2016), aff’d, 684 Fed.Appx. 710 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, --- S.Ct. ----, 2017 WL 3719916 (Oct. 30, 2017).
  • McCaffree Fin. Corp. v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 811 F.3d 998, 1005 (8th Cir. 2016) (amicus).
  • Bozelko v. Webster Bank, N.A., 159 Conn. App. 821, 123 A.3d 1250, cert. denied, 320 Conn. 910, 128 A.3d 954 (2015).
  • Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 780 F.3d 364 (6th Cir. 2015) (amicus counsel in support of appellant/prevailing party).
  • Chen v. Hopkins School, Inc., 86 A.3d 482, 148 Conn. App. 543 (2014).
  • Merrimon v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Amer., 758 F.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2014) (amicus counsel in support of appellant/cross-appellee/ prevailing party).
  • Leimkuehler v. Am. United Life Ins. Co., 713 F.3d 905 (7th Cir. 2013) (amicus counsel in support of appellee/prevailing party).
  • Nationwide Life Ins. Co. v. Haddock, 460 Fed. Appx. 26 (2d Cir. 2012) (amicus counsel in support of appellant/prevailing party).
  • 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).
  • Waldman v. Jayaraj, 89 Conn. App. 709, 874 A.2d 860, cert. denied, 275 Conn. 907, 882 A.2d 680 (2005).

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Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers “Rising Star” , Insurance (2009-2013)
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, Connecticut Lawyer Magazine (2010)
  • CALI Awards in Criminal Law, International Law, and Law and Literature of Crime
  • Associate Editor, Connecticut Law Review

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Insurance Law Committee (2010-present)
    • Co-Chair, Appellate Committee, Young Lawyers Section (2007-2009)
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (2013-present)

Speaking Engagements

  • "A Practical Look at Directors and Officers Insurance," Connecticut Legal Conference, Hartford, CT (June 11, 2018) 
  • "Have you Been Robbed? Fidelity and Crime Insurance in a Nutshell," Connecticut Bar Insurance Association, Insurance Law and Young Lawyers Sections, Hartford, CT (May 8, 2017)
  • "Cyber Security, Wire Transfers and Insurance," The Regulatory Fundamentals Group Webinar (February 28, 2017)
  • "Cybersecurity Issues for the Contract Examiner and Market Conduct Examiner," Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) Career Development Seminar & Regulatory Skills Workshop, Scottsdale, AZ (August 8, 2016)
  • "Latest Developments in Cyber Risk," Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Cybersecurity Forum 2016, Washington (July 19, 2016)
  • "Fifty Shades of Indemnity," Connecticut Valley RIMS Chapter Meeting, Hartford CT (October 14, 2015)
  • "What Insurance Lawyers Need to Know About Claims Handling Software," ExecSense Webinars (July 7, 2011)
  • "What Insurance Lawyers Need to Know About the New Generation of Pollution Legal Liability and Related Environmental Insurance Policies and the Potential for Litigation over Duty to Defend Under These Policies," ExecSense Webinars (December 3, 2010)
  •  "The Instant Impact on Insurance Lawyers of Baker v. Nat'l Interstate Ins. Co. (Cal. App. January 11, 2010) on Products and Completed Hazards Exclusions and Negligent Service Claims," ExecSense Webinars (February 5, 2010)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • University of Vermont (B.A., 1999)
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Clerkships
  • Honorable Beth Bloom, California State Courts
  • Judge Griffin B. Bell, California State Courts

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