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Education

  • J.D., Cornell University Law School, 1974
  • B.A., Hamilton College, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Various U.S. Trial and Appellate Courts

Memberships & Affiliations

AAA -Certified Neutral
CPR –Distinguished Neutral
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellow
International Association of Defense Counsel
- National Trial Academy (faculty member)
- Board of Directors (2006-2009)
- IADC Foundation - President (2006)
- CLE Board Chair (2000-2002)
Audit Committee, Chair
America Bar Association
American Chemistry Council
Connecticut Bar Association
ADR Section – Vice Chair
- Antitrust Section – Treasurer
- Federal Practice Section
- Executive Committee
- Court Rules Committee - Past Chair
Energy Committee – Past Chair
Connecticut Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
American Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
New York State Bar Association
Connecticut Superior Court - Civil Task Force and Docket Control Committees
Connecticut Supreme Court - Evidence Code Oversight Committee
Connecticut Rivers Boy Scout Council 
- Trustee (1999-2009)
International Society of Barristers
State Attorney Trial Referee and Special Settlement Master
Member, Mediator Advisory Committee (MAC) for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Eric Watt Wiechmann

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Partner
  • T: 860.275.6731
    F: 860.724.3397

Eric Watt Wiechmann was the Managing Partner of the Firm 2007-2010. He also served on the Executive, Compensation and Growth Committees. His practice involves both Alternate Dispute Resolution and several areas of sophisticated civil litigation, including energy, antitrust, securities, environmental, toxic tort, and professional liability cases.

Eric has a nationwide practice. He has tried both jury and court cases arbitrated, and argued appeals in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country and represented companies and individuals before various administrative agencies, including the SEC, Justice Department, FTC, EPA, DDE and various State's Attorney General and Consumer Protection agencies.

Eric has been involved in numerous arbitrations both as an advocate and as a neutral. He has handled as an arbitrator a wide range of large complex cases involving energy, environmental, product liability, professional liability, corporate disputes, securities, and breach of contract. He has also mediated cases throughout the Northeast for Federal and State courts, AAA, CPR and private parties. He was the Dalkon Shield Claims Administrator’s Arbitrator and Mediator for Connecticut. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s  National commercial, energy, large and complex disputes and M&A arbitration panels and National mediation panel, and is a CPR distinguished neutral. He is also an arbitrator for the CBA Attorney Fee Dispute Panel a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He has represented companies and individuals in various industries including insurance, oil and gas, retail food, healthcare, manufacturing, building supplies, energy, paper products and dietary supplements in class actions, antitrust, patent, litigation, and state and federal governmental investigations and reviews (Hart, Scott & Rodino). Eric has defended both national and regional accounting firms, law firms and insurance brokers in malpractice and breach of contract claims. He has represented banks, broker dealers, publicly traded companies and individual investors in securities and other financial fraud matters and governmental investigations. He has tried cases throughout the country for major refiners, chemical companies, and Fortune 100 manufacturers on numerous chemical exposure and other toxic tort claims. He was National Coordinating Counsel for a major international oil company's toxic tort docket.

Eric is very active with the Connecticut bench and bar. He sits as both a State Attorney Trial Referee and Arbitrator and Federal Special Settlement Master. He has been appointed by the Judges of the Superior Court of Connecticut to sit on their Civil Task Force, Docket Control Committee, and Standard Jury Instruction Committee. He also sat on the Connecticut Law Revision Commission panel which drafted the Connecticut Code of Evidence and presently sits on the Connecticut Supreme Court's Evidence Code Oversight Committee. Eric has been selected as a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He serves on the Connecticut Bar Association ADR, Antitrust and Federal Practices Sections' Executive Boards and was past chair of its Energy and Court Rules Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Southern District of New York’s Mediator Advisory Panel, which assists in supervising the mediation program for that Federal Court. He is also a member of the Hartford County, New York and District of Columbia Bar Associations and was a Trustee of the Connecticut Rivers Boy Scout Council. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel and was President of its Foundation.

Eric received the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s Loving Civil Rights Award (2015) and has been designated as a Best Lawyer in Connecticut and New England SuperLawyer and has an A.V. preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell.

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Representative Matters

Defending a Big 4 accounting firm in Connecticut State Court on a multimillion dollar malpractice claim arising out of a claimed failure to detect theft by a third party payroll service provider.
Representing a national bank in securities fraud claims against international investors, another bank, and a law firm.
Defending a Fortune 5 company in New York State Court in major multiparty PCB, dioxin and furan exposure cases arising out of a fire in a state office building in Binghamton, New York.
Representing a state recognized Indian tribe in federal and state courts in Connecticut in connection with their claims to land located in Western Connecticut and their related efforts to obtain federal recognition.

Speaking

09/27/17
06/12/17
Connecticut Legal Conference - Connecticut Bar Association
06/07/17
IADC Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and International Arbitration Committee
02/01/17
Help Me Help You – Have a Successful Arbitration
IADC Midyear Meeting Presentation