Cramer & Anderson’s highly-experienced appellate attorneys represent a broad range of individuals, businesses, and municipalities in Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Court appeals.
Matters the firm handles, on both the plaintiff and defense sides, often involve Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, Family Law, Municipal Law, commercial and contract matters, and land-use cases.
Experience and depth of ability of the appeals attorney are the keys to successful outcomes.
With decades of experience and a long list of notable outcomes, our Appellate Law team is positioned bring a fresh perspective to each appeal, master the unique challenges in written and oral advocacy of appeals cases, and understand the perspective and priorities of Appellate Court judges.
Our litigators are skilled in creating and preserving an adequate trial court record in cases we have handled at the trial level that later involve an appeal. In other cases referred to Cramer & Anderson for the appeals process, we first do the diligent work necessary to completely understand the record created in the lower court proceedings. This allows our appellate attorneys to effectively identify, present and argue the critical issues in the appeal.
Signature examples of Cramer & Anderson’s Appellate Law outcomes include:
- A 2020 Connecticut Supreme Court decision overturning a decades-old precedent that said tying agreements for real estate brokerage fees were a violation of the Connecticut Antitrust Act. The court sided with Partner Dan Casagrande in ruling that antitrust law had evolved through recent federal caselaw in ways that invalidated the Connecticut precedent established in a 1981 decision. The case originated with a breach of contract claim emerging from real estate deals involving parcels formerly part of the Union Carbide corporate complex in Danbury, called the Reserve.
- Ash v. New Milford, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court ultimately sided with Partner Randy DiBella in supporting of the right of a deceased police officer’s children to receive a portion of Workers’ Compensation death benefits, which the town had denied.
- Multari v. Yale-New Haven Hospital 145 Conn. App. 253, in which the firm represented the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital claiming general negligence in the maintenance of the premises. The case involved a grandmother who had fallen while assisting her 8-year-old grandson, still groggy from a procedure, to her car. The trial court dismissed the case at the Superior Court level, but Partner Randy DiBella appealed, arguing the dismissal was based on reasoning that would have applied to a medical malpractice case—while this claim was based on ordinary, not medical, negligence. The Appellate Court agreed and reversed the trial court.
- The 1998 Union Carbide appeal of the municipal tax assessment valuation of its Danbury, Conn., headquarters, equating to a $307 million market value. Partner Dan Casagrande represented the City of Danbury as outside Assistant Corporation Counsel. The trial court upheld the City’s valuation after a 24-day trial, Union Carbide appealed, and Attorney Casagrande ultimately prevailed before the Connecticut Supreme Court, safeguarding $10 million in tax revenue for the City.
Randall DiBella has received an AV Preeminent® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™, which reflects that fellow attorneys consider him to be practicing at the highest level of professional excellence. Attorney DiBella, whose Practice Areas include Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Land Use & Environmental Law and Municipal Law, has been honored as a Best Mentor by the Connecticut Law Tribune.
Dan Casagrande has served as outside Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Danbury from 1990 through the present and has been honored as a “Giant Slayer” among Connecticut counsel for his high-profile Municipal Law work on behalf of towns and cities. In 2019, he was named a Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Lawyer of the Year by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA). He also focuses on Planning & Zoning, Land Use, and Land Use & Environmental Law.
John Tower often handles complex cases involving construction, contract, property, business, partnership, trust, and estate disputes. He has a history of successful outcomes in wide-ranging civil litigation for private clients. On behalf of Cramer & Anderson’s municipal clients, Attorney Tower has handled matters before the Connecticut Superior Court, Connecticut Appellate Court, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He has been named a Distinguished Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune.
William Franklin has focused entirely on civil litigation and appeals in his many decades with Cramer & Anderson. He has broad experience before both the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court, where he has litigated dozens of claims on a broad range of issues.