Brian W. Smith

Brian W. Smith

Partner
Location:
Milford, Connecticut
Phone:
800-859-4208
Fax:
203-878-2235
Email:

Brian W. Smith is a Partner at Berchem Moses and Devlin in Milford, Connecticut where he also serves as the Litigation Supervisor.

His extensive litigation practice has seen him try cases both inside and outside of Connecticut in state court, federal court, bankruptcy court as well as arbitration forums. The wide range of legal issues he has tried to conclusion before a jury includes civil rights, personal injury, product liability, breach of contract, premises liability, construction contracts, defamation, wrongful termination, negligent supervision and professional malpractice. He litigated groundbreaking issues in Ganim v. Smith & Wesson (municipal claim against gun manufacturers) and the prison overcrowding cases that were consolidated before Judge Jose Cabranes from 1981 to 1987.

In addition to traditional court forums, Mr. Smith has represented clients before licensing boards, the Freedom of Information Commission, the Department of Labor, the Workers' Compensation Commission and the Office of the Claims Commissioner.

Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Smith has been active as a faculty member for trial practice seminars given by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as serving as a judge for various mock trial competitions. Mr. Smith is a member of the Milford Bar Association, Bridgeport Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association and other professional groups.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1982

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta
  • University of Buffalo
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1978

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Milford Bar Association, Member
  • Bridgeport Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Connecticut Prison Association, Director, Legal Services, 1982 - 1987

Significant Presentations

  • Faculty, Jury Trials, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 - 1997

Past Employment Positions

  • Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., Litigation Supervisor, 2003
  • Yale Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition, Judge, 2003