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Partner - Robert L. Wyld

Robert L. Wyld

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Bob Wyld's extensive civil litigation experience centers on complex business and commercial litigation. This includes general business matters, intra-corporate and partnership disputes, shareholder oppression and corporate governance litigation, securities, class action, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and business tort issues. He litigates disputes in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, manufacturing and not-for-profit businesses. He also has significant experience representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in complex trust and estates litigation, including will contests, trustee surcharge and removal litigation, contested accountings, cy pres and deviation claims, and trust and will construction actions. In addition to his trial practice, Bob has considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and commercial arbitration.

Bob is a former law clerk of United States District Court Judge Frank J. Murray and has served as President of the Hartford County Bar Association, President of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, President of the Hartford County Bar Foundation and as a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Distinctions

  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USAAmerica's Leading Lawyers: Litigation: General Commercial (2002-2016)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business Litigation (2006-2016); Civil Litigation: Defense (2006-2009)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Trusts and Estates (2007-2017)
  • Named Best Lawyers 2016 "Lawyer of the Year": Litigation - Trusts and Estates -- Hartford
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star: Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Securities (2012-2015)
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Frank J. Murray, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1976-1977)
  • American Criminal Law Review, Notes Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court: President (2005-2006)
  • Hartford County Bar Foundation: President (2005-2006)
  • Hartford County Bar Association: President (1991-1992)
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Litigation Section (1990-1994); Task Force on Professionalism (1999); Standing Committee on Professionalism (1999-2001)
  • American Bar Association: Section on Litigation and Torts
  • The Law Works for People: Advisory Committee (1992)
  • Bench Bar Leadership Conference Steering Committee (1993)

Community Involvement

  • University of Vermont: Alumni Representative (2002-present)
  • Loomis Chaffee Parents Association: Director (2000-2002)
  • Simsbury Historical Society: President (1987-1988); Director (1979-1991)
  • Farmington Valley YMCA: Board of Managers (1993-1999); Vice-Chairperson (1994-1999); Co-Chairperson, Major Gifts Sustaining Campaign (1994)
  • Simsbury, A Better Chance: Director (1979-1986); Vice-President (1984-1986)
  • Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Incorporated: Trustee (1989-1993)
  • Simsbury Memorial Day Celebration: Grand Marshall and Keynote Speaker (1988)
  • Simsbury Basketball Club: Director (1991-1999)

Successful Representation of Managing General Partner in Complex Partnership Dispute

Successfully represented the managing general partner of a substantial real estate partnership in five interrelated cases involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.  In a unanimous decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court in the matter of Ackerman v. Sobol Family Partnership, LLP, 298 Conn. 495 (2010) affirmed the trial Court's decision summarily enforcing an oral settlement negotiated by counsel for the parties on the eve of trail based on the apparent authority of plaintiff's attorney to bind the plaintiffs to a settlement agreement.  The ruling substantially clarified the authority, duties and obligations of Connecticut counsel in negotiating settlements and determined that there is no right to a jury trial in a summary enforcement hearing.

Defense of Successor Administrator Against Significant Claim by Real Limited Partnership

Successfully defended the Successor Administrator of a decendent's estate holding substantial real properties against a multi-million dollar claim by a real estate limited partnership to an ownership interest in various parcels of real estate held by the estate.  After substantial briefing and multiple hearings, the Court ruled for the Successor Administrator on all claims.
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1973,
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Tax Court
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