John C. King has been a Shareholder of the Firm since 1981. Prior to that, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John P. Cotter, then Senior Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and Chief Court Administrator for the State of Connecticut.
Mr. King has extensive trial experience, both court and jury, and appellate experience in both the state and federal systems. Mr. King coordinated the extensive litigation services the firm provided in connection with the New Haven Mall project. In that capacity, he worked with in-house and national counsel and was responsible for simultaneous defense of fourteen lawsuits brought by opponents of the project in various state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as for proactive litigation brought against such parties. He successfully defended United Technologies Corporation in a jury trial of a wrongful discharge claim, and, in a case described in The Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the most significant wrongful discharge cases in many years, Mr. King tried to a jury, and argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court, on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Mr. King has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and in mediation. He also has served as a private mediator in a variety of disputes.
Mr. King also has extensive experience within the state and federal administrative system, and represents a significant number of clients before the Connecticut General Assembly on a wide variety of matters. Mr. King’s legal and legislative clients have included Northeast Utilities (Eversource), Microsoft, CT AIA, A.T.&T., United Technologies, General Electric, national insurance companies, railroads, national pharmaceutical companies, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and the Connecticut Catholic Conference.
In the area of municipal defense, Mr. King has litigated on behalf of many of Connecticut’s municipalities, including Hartford, Bridgeport, New Britain, Middletown, Suffield and Newtown. Mr. King represented the City of Bridgeport both at the trial and appellate level and before the United States Supreme Court in a case in which the Supreme Court granted the City’s Petition for Certiorari and reversed both the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. King was chief trial counsel for the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority in a federal action in Bridgeport, wherein the U.S. District Court awarded a permanent injunction to Tweed against the Town of East Haven, holding that East Haven’s attempt to regulate a runway safety project was federally preempted. Mr. King successfully represented the City of Bridgeport, both at trial and before the CT Supreme Court, in a matter wherein the court dismissed a state elections law challenge to the results of the primary for Mayor.
Mr. King for many years participated as a guest Lecturer in Judge Freedman’s Legislative Practice class at the Quinnipiac Law School in Hamden. He is actively involved in various leadership roles in numerous professional and community associations. He recently served as Corporation Counsel for the City of New Britain. Mr. King is a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including the New Britain Chamber of Commerce and formerly of the Community Mental Health Affiliates. He is a Past President of the Hartford County Bar Association and Past President of Pathway Senderos New Britain. He formerly chaired the New Britain Civil Service Commission and the New Britain Democratic Town Committee. He is a member of the Executive Board and Past President of the New Britain Municipal Economic Development Agency, a Founder and Past President of the Mooreland Hill School, a former member of the Board of Governors for the Fairfield College Preparatory School, and Chaired the Personnel Committee for the Democratic State Central Committee. Mr. King also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Care and chairs its Governance Committee, and is a corporator for the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
Mr. King received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..