Hugh W. CuthbertsonPrincipal
Since my graduation from law school in 1973, I have been involved in both civil and criminal litigation in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels.
For the past 30 years my stock and trade has been the representation of companies and their management in the defense of employment, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and various related tort claims, such as defamation, infliction of emotional distress and misrepresentation. During this time, I have also handled and continue to handle other employment and business related matters, such as shareholder disagreements, business “divorces,” non-competition, non solicitation and non disclosure disputes, wage and hour matters, and unemployment compensation issues.
I began my legal career as an appellate litigator in Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney in the Office of the General Counsel with the Interstate Commerce Commission (“ICC”). As the ICC’s representative in court, I argued cases involving transportation law issues before special three-judge federal district courts around the country that were specially convened by statute to hear appeals from ICC decisions. The statutory structure for these lawsuits provided an immediate right of appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
Born and raised in Connecticut, I left the ICC in Washington after almost 3 years to return home to accept an appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) for the District of Connecticut. I served as an AUSA a little more than 5 years, first as a federal prosecutor and then as a civil trial attorney. As a prosecutor, my experience included the presentation of cases to federal grand juries for indictment. The range of cases involved the alleged violation of various federal laws, such as the Internal Revenue Code, the federal banking statutes (e.g., bank embezzlement, bank robbery), U.S. Treasury statutes (e.g., counterfeiting and forgery of U.S. Treasury checks), the postal laws (e.g., mail fraud, theft of mail), the Omnibus Crime Control Act (e.g., trafficking in and illegal possession of certain firearms), and the immigration laws. Following indictment, my responsibility included not only the jury or bench trial of each case indicted, but also any appeal taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
During this time, I have been an author and lecturer on employment law and litigation topics. Since 1983, I have served as a member of the Panel of Special Masters for the New Haven Seat of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, where I have received recognition for my service. Special masters serve as part of the federal court’s early settlement procedure by presiding over settlement conferences scheduled by the court. In 2006, I was appointed by the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court to the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, on which I served until July 2012. The Statewide Grievance Committee hears and adjudicates grievances filed against attorneys in Connecticut alleging violations of Connecticut’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
I am admitted to practice law in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. I am also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Districts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Tax Court.
I am a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
When not practicing law, I enjoy travel to various locations around the world – the Caribbean (US and British Virgin Islands), South America (Argentina and Peru), Europe (the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Turkey), North Africa (Morocco), and Asia (India and Japan). With an undergraduate degree in history, I also enjoy reading history (especially the American Civil War with a focus on Gettysburg). More recently, I have begun visiting and leading tours of the Gettysburg battlefield for those who share my enthusiasm about this topic.
- Connecticut, 1981
- Massachusetts, 1973
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1976
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1981
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2012
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1988
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
- U.S. Tax Court, 2013
- Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, May, 1973
- Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1969
B.A. Major: History
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Employment Law and Litigation
- Lecturer, Employment Law and Litigation
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- New Haven County Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Special Master, New Haven Seat of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, since 1983
- Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, 2006-2012
- November 9, 1946, Greenwich, Connecticut