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David T. Martin

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BACKGROUND

David T. Martin is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office

Dave's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Dave is the author and general editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Connecticut Contract Litigation.

He has represented business entities and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair trade practices and trade secrets litigation, non-compete matters, financial services litigation, franchise disputes, fiduciary and beneficiary litigation, creditors' rights, intellectual property matters and tax and real property litigation.

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary Committee of Fairfield County

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS

  • LexisNexis Practice Guide:  Connecticut Contract Litigation, 2017 Edition
  • Hedge Fund Managers Must Exercise Restraint in Deploying Indemnification Provisions, The Hedge Fund Law Report, November 19, 2015, Volume 8, Number 45

MATTERS

  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $5.8 million on behalf of hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty action brought against the fund’s investment advisor and general partner
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $4.3 million in debt action concerning complex questions of the negotiability of the applicable documents under the U.C.C.
  • Obtained a $5 million arbitration award for a client in a life insurance trust beneficiary dispute
  • Represented a majority shareholder of a closely-held corporation in a $35 million shareholder dispute involving numerous complex business and accounting claims
  • Obtained $1.9 million in damages on a motion for summary judgment in federal court action for breach of a software financing agreement
  • Obtained a jury trial verdict in client’s favor in excess of $1 million for damages caused by an independent contractor to client’s commercial property
  • Represented a private equity firm in a dispute concerning an employee’s misappropriation of approximately $10 million worth of securities
  • Successfully represented a fiduciary in a claim made against the estate and obtained a court order denying $1.7 million claim
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a hedge fund limited partner as to claims of vexatious litigation and abuse of process
  • Represented subsidiary of a global financial services firm in an action to obtain damages in excess of $30 million for commercial tenant’s failure to properly maintain property over the course of a long-term lease agreement
  • In matter of first impression under Connecticut law, represented trustees in an action concerning whether an individual can adopt their significant other in order to make that person a "grandchild" under her father’s trusts for inheritance purposes
  • Successfully represented Connecticut automobile dealers against a national franchisor in a dispute under the Connecticut Franchise Act, culminating in an agreement by the franchisor to eliminate dealership open-points in the area
  • Represented a national casket manufacturer in a Federal Court action to enjoin former employees from starting a direct competitor in violation of the employees’ non-compete agreements
  • Obtained a dismissal in Federal Court of a plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and WARN Act
  • Successfully represented a loan acquisition subsidiary of national bank in appeal of breach of promissory note action before the Connecticut Appellate Court
  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in real and personal property tax appeals
  • Represented a manufacturer of aluminum bottles in a nationwide class action concerning the presence of Bisphenol A in the liner of the bottles
  • Represented a variety of firms, including large corporations, closely-held companies, partnerships, private equity firms and hedge funds in business disputes, including enforcing employee non-competes, unfair trade practices claims, trade secrets litigation, statutory theft and fraudulent transfer claims, attempts to pierce the corporate veil and in obtaining prejudgment remedy relief

Principal

Stamford

T 203.351.4108

F 203.708.3865

dmartin@cl-law.com

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BACKGROUND

David T. Martin is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Litigation Group and is based in the Stamford office

Dave's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Dave is the author and general editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Connecticut Contract Litigation.

He has represented business entities and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair trade practices and trade secrets litigation, non-compete matters, financial services litigation, franchise disputes, fiduciary and beneficiary litigation, creditors' rights, intellectual property matters and tax and real property litigation.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
Professional Organizations
  • The Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary Committee of Fairfield County
Professional Recognition
Articles/Publications
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide:  Connecticut Contract Litigation, 2017 Edition
  • Hedge Fund Managers Must Exercise Restraint in Deploying Indemnification Provisions, The Hedge Fund Law Report, November 19, 2015, Volume 8, Number 45
Matters
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $5.8 million on behalf of hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty action brought against the fund’s investment advisor and general partner
  • Obtained trial damages in excess of $4.3 million in debt action concerning complex questions of the negotiability of the applicable documents under the U.C.C.
  • Obtained a $5 million arbitration award for a client in a life insurance trust beneficiary dispute
  • Represented a majority shareholder of a closely-held corporation in a $35 million shareholder dispute involving numerous complex business and accounting claims
  • Obtained $1.9 million in damages on a motion for summary judgment in federal court action for breach of a software financing agreement
  • Obtained a jury trial verdict in client’s favor in excess of $1 million for damages caused by an independent contractor to client’s commercial property
  • Represented a private equity firm in a dispute concerning an employee’s misappropriation of approximately $10 million worth of securities
  • Successfully represented a fiduciary in a claim made against the estate and obtained a court order denying $1.7 million claim
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a hedge fund limited partner as to claims of vexatious litigation and abuse of process
  • Represented subsidiary of a global financial services firm in an action to obtain damages in excess of $30 million for commercial tenant’s failure to properly maintain property over the course of a long-term lease agreement
  • In matter of first impression under Connecticut law, represented trustees in an action concerning whether an individual can adopt their significant other in order to make that person a "grandchild" under her father’s trusts for inheritance purposes
  • Successfully represented Connecticut automobile dealers against a national franchisor in a dispute under the Connecticut Franchise Act, culminating in an agreement by the franchisor to eliminate dealership open-points in the area
  • Represented a national casket manufacturer in a Federal Court action to enjoin former employees from starting a direct competitor in violation of the employees’ non-compete agreements
  • Obtained a dismissal in Federal Court of a plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and WARN Act
  • Successfully represented a loan acquisition subsidiary of national bank in appeal of breach of promissory note action before the Connecticut Appellate Court
  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in real and personal property tax appeals
  • Represented a manufacturer of aluminum bottles in a nationwide class action concerning the presence of Bisphenol A in the liner of the bottles
  • Represented a variety of firms, including large corporations, closely-held companies, partnerships, private equity firms and hedge funds in business disputes, including enforcing employee non-competes, unfair trade practices claims, trade secrets litigation, statutory theft and fraudulent transfer claims, attempts to pierce the corporate veil and in obtaining prejudgment remedy relief