Benjamin M. Wattenmaker, Esq.
Admitted to Connecticut Bar 2005
Admitted to Massachusetts Bar 2000
US District Court, District of Connecticut, 2006
US District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2003
First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
Boston College, J.D., 1999
Cornell University, B.A., 1993, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Ben regularly represents companies and individuals in civil litigation in state and federal court. His trial practice includes business litigation, commercial real estate, and employment law.
Ben also appears regularly in Connecticut's Appellate Court and Supreme Court, where he represents companies and individuals in appeals that involve business, family, and child protection issues. Ben has significant clerkship experience, having clerked in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts for the Honorable Frank H. Freedman, and in the Supreme Court of New Hampshire for the Honorable John T. Broderick.
Before joining Feiner Wolfson in 2007, Ben was an associate of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford and Goodwin Procter, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.
Recent Appellate Decisions:
- Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa, 324 Conn. 718 (2017) (in a case of first impression, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that an employee who breaches the common law duty of loyalty to his employer may be required to disgorge compensation earned from the employer).
- In re Elianah T.-T., 326 Conn. 614 (2017) (in a case of first impression, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that the Department of Children and Families did not have the power to vaccinate children in temporary custody where their parents stated religious objections to the medical treatment).
- Weiss v. Smulders, 313 Conn. 227 (2014) (affirming trial court's judgment in favor of plaintiff in action for breach of partnership agreement).
- In re Carla C., 167 Conn. App. 248 (2016) (reversing trial court's order terminating father's parental rights).
- Jalbert v. Mulligan, 153 Conn. App. 124 (2014) (affirming trial court's judgment of $946,664.92 in plaintiff's favor).
- Carmichael v. Stonkus, 133 Conn. App. 302 (2012) (affirming trial court's judgment of $768,430 in plaintiff's favor).
- Northland Two Pillars, LLC v. Harry Grodsky & Co., 133 Conn. App. 226 (2012).
Recent Trial Results:
- Won judgment of $946,664 after three-day bench trial against the defendant, an attorney who defrauded his clients. See Jalbert v. Mulligan, 2013 Conn. Super. Lexis 1343 (2013), aff'd 153 Conn. App. 124 (2014).
- Won motion for partial summary judgment in complex construction finance litigation, reducing the plaintiff’s claim by $583,000, leading to favorable settlement for Ben's client. See Platinum Funding Serv’s, LLC v. Petco Insulation Co., Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 46554 (D. Conn. 2011).
- Drafted successful motion for summary judgment in action for tortious interference with contractual relations. See Sidney v. Sprader, 2009 Conn. Super. Lexis 1069 (2009).
- Won motion for summary judgment in appeal of zoning decision. See Bebchuk v. Agassiz Neighborhood Council, Inc., No. 03-3705 (Mass. Super. Ct. 2006), aff’d, 72 Mass. App. Ct. 1119 (2008).
- Secured approval of asylum for Ugandan client who suffered persecution on account of his sexual orientation.
- "Connecticut Supreme Court: DCF Can't Mandate Vaccinations Over Parental Rights," Connecticut Law Tribune, Aug. 15, 2017.
- "Court: State Can't Vaccinate Kids In Temporary Custody," New York Times, Aug. 15, 2017.
- "Wattenmaker '99 Prevails In Child Vaccination Case," Boston College Law School Magazine, Aug. 30, 2017.
- "Court Says Child Welfare Agency Cannot Vaccinate Children In State Custody Without Parental Consent," Hartford Courant, Aug. 15, 2017.
- "Attorney Ordered to Pay Clients $700,000," Hartford Courant, Jul. 1, 2013.
- "Couple Awarded $746k In Suit Against Their Ex-Lawyer," Republican-American, June 16, 2013.