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"The best trial lawyers know when to fight, when not to fight, and how to win at both."



With over 30 years of legal experience, Deke primarily concentrates his practice on civil and commercial litigation as well as commercial lender litigation and matters involving antitrust and unfair trade practices, contract disputes, products liability, and personal-injury claims. He has brought over 40 jury trials to conclusion and has tried numerous cases to the bench. He also has experience in arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Deke has represented national companies in the retail industry, including Westfield, LLC; financial institutions in credit-related litigation, including foreclosures, asset recovery, and lender- liability litigation; and companies in business-related disputes, including claims involving state-of-the art software and technology. He has also represented entertainment industry clients that include Paramount Pictures, Time Warner Entertainment, L.P., Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Buena Vista Distribution Company (Walt Disney Company) in matters involving film-distribution rights, antitrusts, and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice Act.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, Former President
  • Defense Research Institute, Former Connecticut State Chair
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Former Certified Civil Trial Advocate

Prior Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Member
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: 2010-2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Connecticut: Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Personal Injury Plaintiff Law (General), 2007-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review-Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

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