Joseph J. Blyskal is a member of the firm’s Insurance and Bad Faith, Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Tort and Products Liability, and Construction practice sections. He has significant experience representing private business clients and closely-held companies, individuals, and institutional clients before administrative bodies and state and federal courts in all stages of litigation, including appeals.
Mr. Blyskal advises clients involved in a variety of commercial and insurance disputes, often involving multi-million dollar claims. He regularly advises and represents insurers involved in coverage and bad faith disputes. He has experience with various coverage forms and endorsements, including excess liability, employer liability, and directors and officers liability. He also represents and advises excess insurers involved in declaratory judgment and bad faith litigation in state and federal courts in Connecticut and elsewhere, and has bad faith trial experience.
Mr. Blyskal also defends insured companies of all sizes under property and casualty, commercial general liability, professional, and specialty insurance policies against a variety of claims, with particular experience defending high exposure, complex cases involving multiple parties. He focuses his representation of insureds on those facing professional liability claims, including lawyer malpractice. In addition to these areas of emphasis, Mr. Blyskal also regularly handles construction-related disputes involving both contractual, defect and design claims. His experience defending catastrophic injury and death claims includes cases arising from commercial motor vehicle accidents and defective premises. He has obtained dismissals for his clients in state and federal courts.
Mr. Blyskal’s experience includes litigating commercial and business disputes on behalf of, and advising clients confronting, issues under a variety of state laws, including the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act, and Connecticut law concerning closely-held companies, and federal law, including the Lanham Act and the Copyright Act. He has successfully resolved significant litigation arising from disputes over trademarks and unfair competition, and has particular experience litigating non-competition agreements and trade secret cases.
Mr. Blyskal is also active in the risk industry and business community, regularly writing articles on current topics of interest. He has written articles on insurance coverage issues, employment issues, and electronic discovery.
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Connecticut Bar Association
Member, Executive Committee of the Insurance Law Section
Member, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section
Past Community Relations Director, co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee, co-Chair of the Insurance Law Committee, and Social Media Director of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
Defense Research Institute
Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
Georgia Bar Association