Renée Dwyer

Renée Dwyer

Principal



Renée W. Dwyer is a Trial Attorney focusing on civil litigation. Her litigation practice involves the defense of serious premises liability action for many, large, self-insured companies. She also has experience in sports and recreation litigation. Renée also represents employers in Federal and State Court in cases involving all forms of discrimination including sexual harassment. Renée routinely represents the day care industry before the State Department of Public Health day care regulation violations.




Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Providence College, B,S., 1988, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Honors and Publications

  • “Social Media Etiquette: The Ethics of Collecting and Preserving Social Media Evidence”, Customer Connections, DRI, The Newsletter of the Retail and Hospitality Committee, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (3/26/15) reprinted with permission CDLA, The Defense, Spring 2015.
  • “Slip and Fall in Aisle Four: Modern Premise Liability Challenges to Retail Operations,” DRI – For the Defense, February 2012. Co-authored by Renee Dwyer.
  • Gore v. People’s Savings Bank, Renee W. Dwyer filed a brief for the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association as amicus curiae
  • Orson D. Munn, III, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees v. Hotchkiss School, Defendant-Appellant, Renee Dwyer filed a brief submitted on behalf of American Camp Association, Inc. Broadreach, Inc., Ecology Project International, No Barriers US, National Outdoor Leadership School, Student Conservation Association, Inc., Where There Be Dragons, World Leadership School, Inc., and YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc., in the Second Circuit from the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Lead Paint Liability: For the Defense, Sidebar, Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Quarterly, Spring, 1997, 1995
  • Strict Liability Overturned, Sidebar, Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Quarterly, Spring, 1996
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Family Award, 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility, 1991
  • Trial Practice Award, 1991

Notable Decisions/Cases

  • Lewis v. Target Corporation, D/B/A Target Stores, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain, Docket No. HHB-CV15-6029796 (June 29, 2017), (Defense verdict when the plaintiff could not show evidence of the specific condition causing her fall, nor could she show the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the same);
  • Ellis v. YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc., 615 Fed. Appx. 697 (2d Cir. 2015), (Affirming the decision of the District Court that the negligence arguments raised by the plaintiff must be supported by expert testimony regarding horseback riding and instruction, and that the plaintiff failed to provide such expert testimony);
  • Digges v. Target Stores, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV11-6025107 (November 15, 2013), (Defense verdict after a jury trial in a case where the plaintiff allegedly fell outside the retail location, tripped over a raised section of sidewalk, and refused to take the defendant’s last offer of $10,000, when her claimed medicals were only $8,000);
  • Massimino v. Target Corporation, Superior Court, judicial district of New Haven, Docket No. NNH-CV11-6017664 (September 24, 2012), (Defense verdict after arbitration in a matter where the plaintiff ran into the subject retail store and injured himself falling while running to cut the line on Black Friday);
  • Castro v. Target Stores, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV11-6022554 (September 18, 2012), (Defense verdict after jury selection and after the filing of several significant motions in limine, the plaintiff refused to appear at court telling his counsel he no longer wanted to pursue the case);
  • Roundtree v. Securitas Security Services, Inc., No. 3:10-CV-778 JCH, 2012 WL 631848, at *1 (D. Conn. Feb. 27, 2012), (Motion for Summary Judgement granted as to plaintiff’s FMLA and CFLMA claims, as well as his hostile work environment claim. Summary judgment also granted as plaintiff could not show termination was a mere pretext for an impermissible retaliation);
  • Julian v. Securitas Sec. Servs. USA, Inc., No. 3:08-CV-1715 MRK, 2010 WL 1553778, at *1 (D. Conn. Apr. 19, 2010), (Motion for Summary Judgment granted in part in favor of the defendant on the negligent infliction of emotional distress count on the basis that he could not connect “undue delay” in the context of a pending investigation to his claimed injuries); and
  • Josey v. Filene’s, Inc., 187 F.Supp.2d 9 (D.Conn. 2002), (Motion for Summary Judgment granted in part, finding in favor of the defendant on the basis the plaintiff failed to make out a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, and that the plaintiff failed to prove there was state action required to have liability pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983).

Seminars

  • Holding the Bag: Who can end up paying – Indemnification Issues, Mealy’s Retail and Hospitality Conference, December 9, 2004 – December 10, 2004
  • Student Bullying and Sexual Harassment, 2003 – Present
  • Sexual Harassment Training, Connecticut Companies as Required by State Statute, 2000 – Present
  • Damages in Connecticut Civil Trial Practice, National Business Institute, 2001- Present
  • Basic Practice and Procedure, 2000 – Present
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Connecticut, Lorman Business Center, 1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • National Retail and Restaurants Defense Association (NRRDA)
  • Statewide Lead Paint Defense Committee
  • Co-Chairperson of the Legal Issues Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Business & Professional Women’s Club, First Vice President, Wallingford Chapter, 1998 – 1999
  • Business & Professional Women’s Club, Corresponding Secretary, Wallingford Chapter, 1997 – 1998

Community Involvement

  • Mercy High School Home and School Association Member