Hugh W. Cuthbertson, Attorney

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Administrative Law, Employment Discrimination, Employment, Labor Law, General Practice, Litigation, Employee Rights, Federal Appellate Practice


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Mr. Cuthbertson represents management in the defense of employment, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and various tort claims, such as defamation, infliction of emotional distress and misrepresentation. He also handles non-competition, wage and hour and other employment and labor-related issues.

Mr. Cuthbertson began his legal career as an appellate litigator in Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney in the Office of the General Counsel with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Mr. Cuthbertson was subsequently appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut and served in this position for six years, first as a federal prosecutor and then as a civil trial attorney.

Mr. Cuthbertson is an author and lecturer on employment law and litigation topics. Since 1983, he has served as a member of the Panel of Special Masters for the New Haven Seat of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, where he has received recognition for his service. In 2006, the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court appointed Mr. Cuthbertson to the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee on which he presently serves.

Mr. Cuthbertson is admitted to practice law in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Mr. Cuthbertson is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association.  

Mr. Cuthbertson was lead counsel in the following reported cases and/or trials: 

Private Practice (1981 to present)  

State court: 

1.         Grass v. Astroseal Products Mfg. Corp. et al., Docket No. CV-03-0100217-S (Conn. Super. filed Dec. 13, 2002), non suit entered (Oct. 30, 2003), appeal filed, AC No. 25339 (Conn. App. Apr. 14, 2004), action re-filed and re-designated Docket No. X04-CV-04-0104547-S ( Conn. Super. May 18, 2004), appeal dismissed (Conn. App. July 13, 2004) (shareholders' derivative action litigated over the course of three years - settled on first day of trial (Dec. 12, 2005)). 

2.         Doyle v. Abbenante, 2003 WL 22962429 ( Conn. Super. Dec. 2, 2003) (granting defendant's motion to dismiss complaint), aff'd, 89 Conn. App. 658, 875 A.2d 558, cert. denied, 276 Conn. 911, 886 A.2d 425 (2005). 

3.         Shakur v. Automotive Controls Corporation, 2002 WL 1949196 ( Conn. Super. July 22, 2002) (granting employer's motion for summary judgment).

4.         Henrie v. East Haven Builders Supply, Inc., 2001 WL 103778 ( Conn. Super. Jan. 26, 2001) (memorandum of decision following trial entered in favor of employer denying former employee's application to compel arbitration).

5.         Conway v. Town of Wilton, 1994 WL 118753 ( Conn. Super. Mar. 11, 1994) (granting defendants' motions for summary judgment), aff'd, 39 Conn. App. 280, 664 A.2d 327 (1995), rev'd, 238 Conn. 653, 680 A.2d 242 (1996), on remand, 45 Conn. App. 17, 692 A.2d 1303, cert. denied, 241 Conn. 919, 696 A.2d 986 (1997).

6.         Rehim v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 1997 WL 724491 ( Conn. Super. Nov. 10, 1997) (granting employer's motion to strike complaint).

7.         Wormley v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc., 1996 WL 151861 ( Conn. Super. Mar. 12, 1996) (granting in part employer's motion for summary judgment), 1992 WL 361490 (Conn. Super. Nov. 23, 1992) (granting in part employer's motion to strike complaint); jury verdict in favor of employer; no appeal. 

8.         Manley v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc., 1996 WL 532506 ( Conn. Super. Sept. 10, 1996) (granting in part employer's motion for summary judgment); jury verdict in favor of employer; no appeal.

9.         Torok v. Ray Proof, a Division of Shielding Systems Corp., 1993 WL 479795 (Conn. Super. Nov. 16, 1993), 1993 WL 256399 ( Conn. Super. June 29, 1993), 1993 WL 28878 ( Conn. Super. Feb. 1, 1993) (granting in part employers' motions to strike complaint); jury verdict in favor of employer; no appeal.   

10.       Korineck v. Automotive Controls Corporation, 1990 WL 283914 ( Conn. Super. July 26, 1990) (granting in part employer's motion to strike complaint).   

11.       Aaronson v. Heathcare, Inc., 1990 WL 261987 ( Conn. Super. Nov. 5, 1990), 1990 WL 283968 ( Conn. Super. Jun. 14, 1990).

12.       Brotherton v. Burndy Corporation, 1990 WL 283709 ( Conn. Super. Sept. 24, 1990) (granting in part employer's motion for summary judgment).   

13.       Stratton v. St. Joseph's High School et al., Docket No. 230440 (Conn. Super. July 7, 1986), reprinted in 12 CLT 26, p.362 (granting defendant interscholastic athletic school association's motion for summary judgment). 

Federal court:  

1.         M.K. ex rel. Mrs. K. v. Sergi, 2008 WL 2364282 (D. Conn. June 6, 2008) (granting in all respects motion for summary judgment in favor of defendant school board and two of its employees on counts in consolidated complaint challenging lawfulness of board's special education program and employees' conduct and on board's counterclaim challenging hearing officer's administrative decision). 

2.         Mr. and Mrs. B. v. East Granby Board of Education, 201 Fed.Appx. 834, 2006 WL 3102476 (2d Cir. 2006) (affirming entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant school board on lawfulness of its special education program).  

3.         M.C. ex rel. Mrs. C. v. Voluntown Board of Education, 226 F.3d 60 (2d Cir.) (reversing entry of summary judgment against defendant school board), on remand, 122 F.Supp.2d 289 (D.Conn. 2000) (affirming lawfulness of school board's special education program after court trial on remand), aff'd, Docket No. 01-7984 (2d Cir. May 17, 2002) (affirming lawfulness of school board's special education program on appeal). 

4.         Underkofler v. Community Health Care Plan, Inc., 1999 WL 464530 (D.Conn. June 17, 1999) (granting employer's motion for summary judgment), aff'd, 225 F.3d 646 (2d Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 532 U.S. 970, rehearing denied, 533 U.S. 970 (2001).   

5.         St. George v. Inline Plastics Corp., Civil Action No. 3:98cv1820 (JCH) (D.Conn. Sept. 30, 1999), Ruling on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, digested in 5 Conn. Ops. 1292 (Nov. 8, 1999), and Ruling on Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration, 2000 WL 303260 (D.Conn. Feb. 14, 2000). 

6.         Moffett v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. 1998 WL 698760 (D.Conn. Aug. 6, 1998) (granting in part employer's motion for summary judgment).

7.         Flexible Technologies, Inc. v. Hall et al., Lead Case No. 3:93cv643 (JBA) (D.Conn. April 14, 1997) (jury trial; case settled after three days of taking evidence).

8.         Figerle v. Brake Systems, Inc., 1988 WL 99199 (N.D.Ill. 1988) (granting employer's motion for summary judgment), aff'd, 893 F.2d 1337 (7th Cir. 1989). 

9.         Stadnick v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 15 Conn. L. Trib. No. 14, p.28 (D.Conn. Nov. 16, 1988) (granting employer's motion for summary judgment). 

United States Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut (1976-1981)  

1.         Willy's Grocery v. United States, 656 F.2d 24 (2d Cir. 1981), cert. denied, 454 U.S. 1148 (1982).   

2.         Marci v. City of New Haven , 503 F.Supp. 6 (D.Conn. 1980). 

3.         Hearn v. Nelson, 496 F.Supp. 1111 (D.Conn. 1980).   

4.         TM Systems, Inc. v. United States , 473 F.Supp. 481 (D.Conn. 1979).

5.         Galante v. U.S. Parole Commission, 466 F.Supp. 1266 (D.Conn. 1979).

6.         United States v. Colonial Bank and Trust Co. et al., 1979 WL 1479 (D.Conn. 1979).   

7.         Vitagliano v. United States, 601 F.2d 73 (2d Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 1085 (1980).   

8.         United States v. Pereira , 574 F.2d 103 (2d Cir. 1978) (affirming defendant's conviction and district court's denial of defendant's motion to dismiss). 

9.         In re Liberatore, 574 F.2d 78 (2d Cir. 1978) (appeal of contempt citation entered by district court). 

10.       Housler v. Nelson, 453 F.Supp. 874 (D.Conn. 1978). 

11.       United States v. DaSilva, Criminal No. N-78-3 (D.Conn. 1978) (jury verdict in favor of Government; no appeal). 

12.       United States v. Evans, 559 F.2d 1205 (2d Cir. 1977) (criminal contempt conviction; affirmed on appeal).  

13.       United States v. Brown, 438 F.Supp. 1002 (D.Conn. 1977) (court trial verdict in favor of Government; no appeal). 

14.       United States v. Apuzzo, 555 F.2d 306 (2d Cir. 1977) (jury verdict in favor of Government; affirmed on appeal).   

15.       United States v. Steinberg, 428 F.Supp. 77 (D.Conn. 1977). 

16.       United States v. Wadsworth , Criminal No. B-77-2 (D.Conn. 1977) (court trial verdict in favor of Government; no appeal). 

17.       United States v. Edmonds , Criminal No. N-76-87 (D.Conn. 1976) (court trial verdict in favor of Government; no appeal). 

18.       United States v. O'Neill, Criminal No. N-75-178 (D.Conn. 1976) (jury trial). 

19.       United States v. White, 556 F.2d 563 (2d Cir. 1976) (jury verdict in favor of Government; affirmed on appeal).  

Interstate Commerce Commission (1973-1976)  

1.         Chem-Haulers, Inc. v. United States et al., 536 F.2d 610 (5th Cir. 1976). 

2.         Aero Mayflower Transit Co., Inc. v. I.C.C., 535 F.2d 997 (7th Cir. 1976). 

3.         North American Van Lines v. United States et al., 412 F.Supp. 782 (N.D.Ind. 1976). 

4.         Freight Forwarders Institute v. United States et al., 409 F.Supp. 693 (N.D.Ill. 1976). 

5.         Middle Atlantic Conference v. United States , 417 F.Supp. 1186 (D.D.C. 1976). 

6.         Atichson, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. United States et al., 403 F.Supp. 1327 (E.D.Pa. 1975). 

7.         Lemmon Transport Co., Inc. v. United States et al., 393 F.Supp. 838 (W.D.Va. 1975). 

8.         Aetna Freight Lines, Inc. v. United States et al., 381 F.Supp. 711 (N.D.Ohio 1974). 

9.         Nationwide Carriers, Inc. v. United States et al., 380 F.Supp. 1132 (D.Minn. 1974). 

10.       Engel Van Lines, Inc. v. United States et al., 374 F.Supp. 1217 (D.N.J. 1974).

Position Organization Location Duration
School Degree Major Graduation
Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. Law SchoolN/A  
Case Western Reserve University B.A.
State / Court Date
Connecticut1982
Massachusetts1973
  • Wormley v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc. 1996

  • Wormley v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc. 1992

  • Vitagliano v. United States 1980

  • Vitagliano v. United States 1979

  • United States v. White 1976

  • United States v. Wadsworth 1977

  • United States v. Steinberg 1977

  • United States v. Pereira 1978

  • United States v. O Neill 1976

  • United States v. Evans 1977

  • United States v. Edmonds 1976

  • United States v. DaSilva 1978

  • United States v. Colonial Bank and Trust Co. et al. 1979

  • United States v. Brown 1977

  • United States v. Apuzzo 1977

  • Underkofler v. Community Health Care Plan, Inc. 2000

  • Underkofler v. Community Health Care Plan, Inc. 1999

  • Torok v. Ray Proof, a Division of Shielding Systems Corp.

  • TM Systems, Inc. v. United States 1979

  • Stratton v. St. Joseph s High School et al. 1986

  • Stadnick v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation 1988

  • St. George v. Inline Plastics Corp. 2000

  • St. George v. Inline Plastics Corp. 1999

  • Shakur v. Automotive Controls Corporation 2002

  • Rehim v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. 1997

  • North American Van Lines v. United States et al. 1976

  • Nationwide Carriers, Inc. v. United States et al. 1974

  • Mr. and Mrs. B. v. East Granby Board of Education 2006

  • Moffett v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. 1998

  • Middle Atlantic Conference v. United States 1976

  • Marci v. City of New Haven 1980

  • Manley v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc. 1996

  • M.C. ex rel. Mrs. C. v. Voluntown Board of Education 2000

  • M.C. ex rel. Mrs. C. v. Voluntown Board of Education

  • Lemmon Transport Co., Inc. v. United States et al. 1975

  • Korineck v. Automotive Controls Corporation 1990

  • In re Liberatore 1978

  • Housler v. Nelson 1978

  • Henrie v. East Haven Builders Supply, Inc. 2001

  • Hearn v. Nelson 1980

  • Grass v. Astroseal Products Mfg. Corp. et al. 2004

  • Galante v. U.S. Parole Commission 1979

  • Freight Forwarders Institute v. United States et al.

  • Flexible Technologies, Inc. v. Hall et al.

  • Figerle v. Brake Systems, Inc. 1989

  • Figerle v. Brake Systems, Inc. 1988

  • Engel Van Lines, Inc. v. United States et al. 1974

  • Doyle v. Abbenante 2003

  • Conway v. Town of Wilton 1997

  • Conway v. Town of Wilton 1996

  • Conway v. Town of Wilton 1995

  • Conway v. Town of Wilton 1994

  • Conway v. Town of Wilton

  • Chem-Haulers, Inc. v. United States et al. 1976

  • Brotherton v. Burndy Corporation 1990

  • Atichson, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. United States et al. 1975

  • Aetna Freight Lines, Inc. v. United States et al. 1974

  • Aero Mayflower Transit Co., Inc. v. I.C.C. 1976

  • Aaronson v. Heathcare, Inc. 1990

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Hugh W. Cuthbertson
59 Elm St
Suite 400
New Haven, CT 06510
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