Shawn Smith is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group and the Environment & Energy Practice Group.
Shawn focuses his practice on a broad range of complex civil and commercial litigation, often involving partnership and business disputes, unfair competition, theft of trade secret claims, commercial foreclosure, commercial leasing disputes, real estate, bankruptcy, and insurance related matters.
Active in both state and federal courts, Shawn was an integral member of the trial team that successfully prosecuted claims for violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act in the Connecticut Complex Litigation Docket on behalf of a textile and apparel company. On other fronts, Shawn worked as a vital member of the litigation team that successfully defended an information technology company in federal court from claims of fraud, misrepresentation, unfair and deceptive conduct, and breach of warranty. Shawn was also key part of the trial team that obtained a significant jury verdict and judgment, including attorneys’ fees, in a bad faith breach of contract and fiduciary duty case. Additionally, Shawn worked as the lead associate in successfully prosecuting claims arising from the environmental contamination of a clients’ home and surrounding property that resulted in a highly favorable settlement.
Shawn’s diverse practice includes substantial experience in real estate litigation, and he frequently represents lending institutions and special servicers in loan workouts and commercial foreclosures, and in commercial landlord/tenant disputes. Shawn also represents clients in actions contesting the value of property for purposes of local taxation, including second chairing a bench trial involving a complex commercial property that resulted in a decision that the client’s property had been overvalued by the town by over $35 million.
Shawn also regularly represents financial services clients, including insurance and annuity issuers, in a wide range of litigation, including interpleader actions seeking to determine the beneficiary of death benefit proceeds. Additionally, Shawn successfully defended and favorably settled breach of fiduciary duty claims against a financial services client involving a dispute over beneficiary changes to certain annuities.
Further, Shawn has experience in the area of environmental law representing large utilities, lending institutions, electric suppliers and a municipality on due diligence, permitting, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.
Shawn has also provided hundreds of hours to pro bono clients during his career, focusing on veterans and landlord/tenant issues.