O’Connell, Attmore & Miler provides our clients with a full range of litigation services. Our attorneys argue on behalf of businesses and individuals in litigation in state and federal courts, and in trial and appellate courts, throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. We also appear before state and local administrative agencies and boards, and represent our clients in arbitration proceedings. Whether our clients find themselves in court, in arbitration, or at the negotiating table, we represent their interests zealously, and secure for them a resolution that meets their specific needs and goals.
Our Approach. We endeavor to keep our clients out of litigation. If, through action or negotiation, they can avoid litigation and still meet their goals, we help them do so. We pride ourselves on developing creative solutions to their problems.
Where litigation cannot be avoided, or where it is an effective way to enforce our clients’ rights, we work with them to establish an effective and efficient litigation strategy. Early in the life of each matter, we evaluate our clients’ rights and obligations under the law. We present them with their options and the costs and benefits of pursuing those options. We listen to them, and provide guidance to select the best option, and then work with them to develop a cost-appropriate strategy to pursue their chosen option.
Immediate Action. Where enforcement or protection of our clients’ rights requires immediate action, such as an injunction or prejudgment attachment, we have the ability and the talent to quickly assemble the proof and legal argument necessary to seek relief in court. In contrast, where protection or enforcement of our clients’ rights requires lengthy and complex proceedings, we have the ability and talent to plan and execute a strategy that meets the challenges those proceedings present.
Trial Practice. Where trial is the best option, you need an attorney who knows how to persuade a judge and to move a jury. We believe that our trial lawyers are among the best business litigation attorneys in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. They know that success requires careful preparation of evidence and the law from the outset of the case. This thorough preparation enables our attorneys to present the evidence and the law in the most persuasive and engaging way possible. When the case is complex, they develop to present evidence and establish their arguments in the most simple and straightforward manner. When the case is straightforward, they make it powerful. They find the principle that gives our clients’ case value — whether it be fairness, fault, or the public good — and present the evidence to prove that the best way to advance the principle is to find for our clients.
The Breadth of Our Experience.
Our areas of litigation practice include:
- Appellate practice
- Business torts
- Catastrophic injury
- Commercial litigation
- Consumer protection
- Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy
- Divorce and child custody
- Employment litigation
- Environmental litigation
- Injunctions and prejudgment remedies
- Insurance coverage and bad faith litigation
- Insurance defense
- Intellectual property
- Product liability
- Real estate litigation
- Tort litigation
- Trade secret litigation
- Trust and probate ligation
- Unfair trade practices
- Zoning and land use litigation
Cost-Appropriate Representation. We recognize that litigation can be expensive. We regularly provide our clients with projections of litigations costs so they can make educated decisions about their options. We staff our litigation matters appropriately, assigning tasks to those who can complete them in an efficient and cost-effective manner. For larger matters, we assemble a team of the attorneys and staff most qualified to work on the particular needs of each matter. We consult with non-litigation lawyers with expertise in relevant areas when its advances our goal of providing excellent and cost-appropriate representation.
When discovery is sought from our clients, we provide them with the guidance necessary to ensure their obligations are fully satisfied, while their costs are kept to a minimum. When we seek discovery from other parties, we are thorough, but strategic in our approach. We carefully investigate the facts we have, seek what is necessary, and avoid what is unnecessary.
We make it a point to show our value every day, and prove why our litigation attorneys are the best choice for businesses or individuals who need strong representation in Connecticut or Massachusetts.