Howard Castleman Murtha Cullina llp

Appellate Practice

Contact: Proloy K. Das, Chair

Contact: David P. Friedman

Our appellate lawyers have litigated numerous appeals in the state and federal appeals courts at all levels in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Many of our lawyers have served as judicial clerks to state and federal appeals judges, bringing to each case appellate perspective and insight.

Our Appellate Practice Group has received the "Litigation Department of the Year" Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune for four consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).

Effective appellate advocacy demands a union of strategy, efficient research, persuasive writing, and decisive oratory. The appellate advocacy team at Murtha Cullina has an in-depth understanding of procedural, philosophical and policy concerns that shape appellate court decisions.

Whether the client has prevailed below and seeks to protect that victory, has not prevailed and seeks a second look at a difficult issue, or desires to appear in a “friend of the court” capacity to help shape the law governing its industry, Murtha Cullina's Appellate lawyers work with the client and trial counsel to develop the best appellate litigation strategy for presenting the client's position to an appellate tribunal.

 

Representative Matters

 

Supreme Court of the United States

In re Marrama (Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Mass.), 549 US 365 (2007)

Fort Halifax Packing v. Coyne, 482 U.S. 1 (1987) *

 

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

In right Traverse (DeGiacomo v. Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014)

In re Gentile (Gentile v. DeGiacomo), No. 13-9007 (1st Cir. 2013)

Thornton v. United Parcel Service, 597 F.3d 27 (1st Cir. 2009)

Warren v. United Parcel Service, 518 F.3d 93 (1st Cir. 2008)

Charter Comms Ent. I, DST v. Burdulis, 460 F.3d 168 (1st Cir. 2007)

In re Marrama (Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Mass.), 430 F.3d 474 (1st Cir. 2006)

Martins v. EGG. DuPont de Nemours & Co., No. 04-2018 (1st Cir. 2005)

Malinowski v. DVD systems, No. 02-1849 (1st Cir. 2003)

Arruda v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 310 F.3d 13 (1st Cir. 2002)

Petricca Dev. Ltd. P’ship v. Pioneer Dev. Co., 214 F.3d 216 (1st Cir. 2000)

Koster v. TransWorld Airlines, Inc., 181 F.3d 24 (1st Cir.), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1021 (1999)

New England Surfaces v. EGG. du Pont de Nemours and Co., 546 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2008)

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford v. Interstate Fire & Casualty Company, 16-2999, 17-2484 (2nd Cir. 2018)

Charlery v. Department of Education, 17-1888 (2nd Cir. 2018)

ING Global, Inc. v. United Parcel Service Oasis Supply Corporation, 757 F.3d 92 (2nd Cir. 2014)

Smartix Int’l Corp. v. MasterCard, 355 Fed. Appx. 464 (2nd Cir. 2009)

Wall v. Union of NA, Laborers Int’l, No. 06-2810 (2d. Cir.) (2008)

Dispute v. Amdocs, Inc., No. 07-3760 (2d Cir.) (2008)

Goodspeed Airport, LLC v. East Haddam Land Trust, Inc., 166 Fed. Appx. 506 (2d Cir. 2006)

New England Health Care Employees Union v. NLRB, 448 F.3d 189 (2d Cir. 2006)

New England Health Care Employees Union v. NLRB, 448 F.3d 189 (2d Cir. 2006)

Martin v. DuPont Flooring Systems, Inc., 125 Fed. Appx. 369 (2d Cir. 2005)

Soderberg v. Gunther International, 124 Fed. Appx. 30 (2nd Cir. 2005)

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Continental Casualty Company v. Carr, 17-8002 (2018)

In right W.R. Grace & Co., 591 F.3d 164 (3d Cir. 2009), cert. denied, 562 U.S. 839 (2010)

 

United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

In re A&E 128 North Corp. (A & E 128 Corp. v DeGiacomo), 528 B.R. 190 (B.A.P. 1st Cir. 2015)

In right Traverse (DeGiacomo v. Traverse), 485 B.R. 815 (B.A.P. 1st Cir. 2013)

In re Marmarinos (Marmarinos v. DeGiacomo), 464 B.R. 498 (B.A.P. 1st Cir. 2012)

In re Inofin (Raymond C. Green, Inc. v. DeGiacomo), 466 B.R. 170 (B.A.P. 1st Cir. 2012)

 

Connecticut Supreme Court

Riley v. Travelers Home & Marine Insurance Company, S.C. 19968 (2018)

Redding Life Care, LLC v. Town of Redding, S.C. 20054, (2018)

Walgreen Eastern Company, Inc. v. Town of West Hartford, S.C. 19750 (2018) (amicus)

Town of Avon v. Cody Angel Investments, S.C. 20055 (2018)

Town of Glastonbury v. Metropolitan District Commission, S.C. 19843 (2018)

Independent Party v. Denise Merrill, S.C. 20160 (2018)

O’Brien v. City of New Haven, S.C. 20069 (2018)

Saunders v. Briner, S.C. 19940 (2018)

Feehan v. Marcone, S.C. 20216, 20217, 20218 (2018)

U.S. Bank National Association v. Crawford, S.C. 19903 (2018) (amicus)

Jemiola v. Hartford Casualty, S.C. 19978 (2018) (amicus)

Karas v. Liberty Insurance Group, S.C. 20149 (2018) (amicus)

Netscout Systems, Inc. v. Gartner, Inc., S.C. 20079 (2018) (amicus)

Maio v. City of New Haven, 326 Conn. 708 (2017)

Nutmeg Housing Development Corporation v. Town of Colchester, 324 Conn. 1 (2016) (amicus)

Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator, Unemployment Comp. Act, 320 Conn. 611 (2016)

Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission, 323 Conn. 1 (2016)

Bifolck v. Phillip Morris, Inc., 324 Conn. 402 (2016) (amicus)

Tomick v. United Parcel Service, 324 Conn. 470 (2016)

Dinan v. Flaps, 317 Conn. 185 (2015) (amicus)

Tine v. Town of Lebanon, 308 Conn. 300 (2013)

Anatra v. Madison Zoning Board, 307 Conn. 728 (2013)

Ugrin v. Cheshire, 307 Conn. 364 (2012)

State v. Lombardo Brothers, 307 Conn. 412 (2012) (amicus)

Levine v. Town of Sterling, 300 Conn. 521 (2011)

19 Perry Street v. Unionville Water Company, 294 C 611 (2010)

Ziotas v. Reardon Law Firm, 296 Conn. 579 (2010)

Wellsood Columbia v. Town of Hebron, 295 Conn. 802 (2010)

Conn. Podiatric Medicine Ass’n v. Health Net of Connecticut, Inc., 302 Conn. 464 (2011)

Wilton Meadows v. Coratolo, 299 Conn. 819 (2011) (amicus letter)

Wellswood Columbia, LLC v. Town of Hebron, 295 Conn. 802 (2010)

Moon v. Zoning Vol. Of Appeals, 291 Conn. 16 (2009)

Newman v. Planning & Zoning Comm’n, 293 Conn. 209 (2009)

Intercity Development, LLC v. Andrade, 286 Conn. 177 (2008)

Lord Family of Windsor, LLC v. Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Comm’n, 288 Conn. 669 (2008)

Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut, Inc. v. Town of Newtown Planning & Zoning Commission, 285 Conn. 381 (2008)

A-Right Plumbing, Sewer & Water Main Co., LLC v. Aquarion Operating Services Co., 282 Conn. 612 (2007)

Minnesota Methanes v. DPUC, 283 Conn. 700 (2007)

ATC Partnership v. Coats North America Consolidated, Inc., 284 Conn. 537 (2007)

Sheridan v. Town of Killingly, 278 Conn. 252 (2006)

R.T. Vanderbilt v. Continental Cas. Co., 273 Conn. 448 (2005)

Ventres v. Mellon, 275 Conn. 105 (2005)

Rocque v. Mellon, 275 Conn. 161 (2005)

Albahary v. City of Bristol, 276 Conn. 426 (2005)

Carr v. Bridgewater Planning & Zoning Comm’n, 273 Conn. 573 (2005)

Cantonbury Heights Condominium Ass’s v. Local Land Development, LLC, 273 Conn. 724 (2005)

Albahary v. City of Bristol, 276 Conn. 426 (2005)

Carr v. Bridgewater Planning & Zoning Comm’n, 273 Conn. 573 (2005)

 

Connecticut Appellate Court

Riley v. Travelers Home & Marine Insurance Company, 173 Conn. App. 422 (2017)

Redding Life Care, LLC v. Town of Redding, 174 Conn. App. 193 (2017)

A Better Way Wholesale Autos, Inc. v. Rodriguez, et al., 176 Conn. App. 392 (2017)

R.T. Vanderbilt Co. v. Hartford Accident & Idemnity Co., 171 Conn. App. 61 (2017)

O’Brien v. City of New Haven, A.C. 39102, A.C. 39103 (2017)

Town of Windsor v. Loureiro Engineering Associates, A.C. 39398 (2017)

Kobyluck Brothers v. Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission, 167 Conn. App. 383 (2016)

Parillo Food Group v. New Haven Zoning Board of Appeals, 169 Conn. App. 598 (2016)

Webster Bank, N.A. v. GFI Groton, LLC, 157 Conn. App. 409 (2015)

Tomick v. United Parcel Service, 157 Conn. App. 312 (2015)

Customers Bank v. CB Associates, 156 Conn. App. 678 (2015)

Verrilo v. Town of Branford, 155 Conn. App. 657 (2015)

JMS Newberry v. Kaman Aerospace Corp., 149 Conn. App. 630 (2014)

Customers Bank v. Boxer, 148 Conn. App. 479 (2014)

The National Groups, LLC v. Nardi, 145 Conn. App. 189 (2013)

USA Bank v. Schulz, 143 Conn. App. 412 (2013)

Jacobson v. Town of Washington, 137 Conn. App. 142 (2012)

Parnoff v. Mooney, 132 Conn. App. 512 (2011)

Town of Pomfret v. FOIC, 130 Conn. App. 448 (2011)

Abbott Terrace Health Ctr., Inc. v. Parawich, 120 Conn. App. 78 (2010)

Greenfield v. Westport, 122 Conn. App. 465 (2010)

107 Longshore Lane v. Madison, 124 Conn. App. 50 (2010)

Jackson, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Comm’n, 118 Conn. App. 202 (2010)

Amica Mutual Insurance Company v. Welch Enterprises, Inc., 114 Conn. App. 290 (2009)

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians v. Lorinsky, 116 Conn. App. 144 (2009)

Blinkoff v. O&G Industries, 113 Conn. App. 1 (2009)

O&G Industries, Inc. v. All phase, 112 Conn. App. 511 (2009)

Weiner. v. Clinton, 106 Conn. App. 379 (2008)

Lord Family of Windsor v. Town of Windsor, 103 Conn. App. 354 (2007)

Garlasco v. Bridgewater, 101 Conn. App. 451 (2007)

Abington v. Town of Avon, 101 Conn. App. 709 (2007)

Kelib v. CHFA, 100 Conn. App. 351 (2007)

Nipmuc Properties v. PDC-El Paso Meriden, 103 Conn. App. 90 (2007)

Remax Right Choice v. Aryeh, 100 Conn. App. 373 (2007)

Kosnik v. Barton, 93 Conn. App. 244 (2006)

Ramondetta v. Amenta, 97 Conn. App. 151 (2006)

Jewish Home for the Elderly v. Cantore, 96 Conn. App. 326 (2006)

Jones v. HNS management, 92 Conn. App. 223 (2005)

Byrd v. Bechtal Fusco, 90 Conn. App. 641 (2005)

Billy & Leo, LLC v. Michaelidis, 87 Conn. App. 710 (2005)

Blinkoff v. O&G Industries, 89 Conn. App. 251 (2005)

Olympus Healthcare Group, Inc. v. Muller, 88 Conn. App. 296 (2005)

 

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

DeGiacomo v. City of Quincy, 476 mass. 38 (2016)

MSADA et al. v. Tesla Motors, Inc. et al., 469 mass. 675 (2014)

Commonwealth v. Mosher, 455 mass. 811 (2010)

DSCI Corp. v. Department of Telecommunications & Energy, 449 mass. 597 (2007)

Muse v. UPS, 2008 Mass. App. Lexis 24 (Jan 8, 2008)

 

Massachusetts Appeals Court

Johenning v. Town of Milton, 92 mass. App. Ct. 1102 (2017)

Desmond v. Green, 16-P-1561

Kilnapp Enterprises v. Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, 89 mass. App. Ct. 212 (2016)

C.Christopher Malone v. Webster Bank, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 1136 (2015)

Acme Abatement Contr. v. S&R Corporation, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 1102 (2015)

Bolduc v. United Parcel Service, 82 Mass. App. Ct. 1108 (2012)

Commonwealth v. Pizarro, 68 Mass. App. Ct. 1108 (2007)

Gibbs Oil Company Limited Partnership v. City Council of Woburn, 70 mass. App. Ct. 1115 (2007)

Cavicchi v. United Parcel Service, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1107, 2008 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1005 (2008)

Martin-Kirkland v. United Parcel Service, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1123 (2008)

Frostar Corp. v. Malloy, 63 Mass. App. Ct. 96 (2005), cert. denied, 494 mass. 1102 (2005)

 

New York Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Appellate Division

In right Hartofilis, 53 N.Y.S. 3d 541 (2017)

Freidman v. New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, 31 N.Y.S.3d 44 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016)

The People of the State of New York v. Anton Green, 68 N.Y.2d 151 (1986)
The People of the State of New York v. Jorge Pons, 68 N.Y.2d 264 (1986)
The People of the State of New York v. Anton Green, 118 A.D.2d 1050 (1986)
The People of the State of New York v. James Sanders, 108 A.D.2d 316 (1985)
The People of the State of New York v. James Sanders, 66 N.Y.2d 906 (1985)
The People of the State of New York v. Howard Worley, 66 N.Y.2d 523 (1985)

 

Disclaimer: Each case has its own specific facts and legal issues. We cannot guarantee success in every individual matter.