Tom Blatchley is a partner in the firm’s Hartford office. He represents a variety of clients in complex litigation in federal and state courts. His practice focuses on litigation matters concerning insurance defense and coverage, business/commercial disputes, employment practices liability, professional liability, products liability, consumer defense, and environmental and land use. Tom frequently defends nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and unfair competition statutes, including, just as some examples, the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).
Tom has significant transactional and litigation experience and regularly counsels individuals, businesses, institutional and municipal clients in diverse areas with experience that includes commercial transactions and litigation, administrative and regulatory matters, employment matters (including court and administrative (CHRO/EEOC/DOL) matters and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, and hostile work environment claims, and wage and hour violations), disputes involving insurance coverage and defense (including CGL, D&O and Fiduciary, E&O, PLL, A&E and EPL), consumer defense (including TCPA, FDCPA, and FCRA), products liability, toxic torts. construction and municipal liability. Additionally, Tom has considerable experience representing national corporations in large consumer class actions and complex contract disputes, as well as clients in federal multi-district (MDL) litigation. He enjoys working with clients to arrive at innovative and cost-effective solutions and often counsels clients on risk aversion and regulatory and corporate compliance. In matters that proceed to litigation, Tom protects his clients’ interests and takes pleasure in developing creative strategies and resolutions to best serve his clients’ needs.
Tom has lectured on, authored and been recognized in several scholarly and professional articles and presentations on a variety of topics including pollution exclusions, the federal Endangered Species Act, mooting class actions under Rule 68, and Connecticut's Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine. He is a past recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "Leaders of the Law Award," and has been annually recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and/or "Rising Star" in the New England Super Lawyers and Connecticut magazines since 2009.
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
The Connecticut Power & Energy Society
Hartford County Bar Association Talk to Lawyers Program
Connecticut Bar Association Veterans Assistance
Connecticut Bar Association Truancy Intervention Project
Canton Planning & Zoning Commission
West Hartford Justice of the Peace
West Hartford Conservation & Environment Commission
West Hartford Republican Women’s Club
The Federalist Society (CT Lawyers Chapter Executive Committee)