Austin J. McGuigan

Location:Hartford, ConnecticutPhone:860.549.1000

Austin J. McGuigan is a founding member and the Chief Executive Officer of the firm having served as the Managing Principal from 1994-2012. Mr. McGuigan has over 35 years of experience trying criminal and civil cases. As a former Chief State's Attorney for the State of Connecticut and the former Chief Prosecutor, Statewide Organized Crime Task Force, he has handled a wide variety of high-profile cases. Over the years his private practice focus has expanded and he has been primary counsel on a wide variety of civil matters and Corporate and Government Investigations. He has experience in the defense of Intellectual Property/Trade Secret Litigation as well as Corporate Investigations both in Regulatory and Criminal Cases. Mr. McGuigan has tried cases in China before the China International Arbitration Board and in Taiwan.

Attorney McGuigan serves as chairman of the firm's Litigation Department.

Mr. McGuigan's experience in both criminal and civil matters has resulted in several interviews with the national media:

  • "American Mobster: Looking for Whitey", The Discovery Channel, 2002
  • "Federal Prosecution of Corporations", The Wall Street Reporter, 2001
  • "Burden of Proof - Martha Moxley", CNN, 2000
  • "The Economic Espionage Act", The Wall Street Reporter, 2000

Mr. McGuigan has also been called to give expert testimony before the United States House of Representatives on two separate occasions:

  • Government Reform Committee testified on "Justice Department Misconduct in Boston: Are Legislative Solutions Required?", 2002
  • Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee International Economic Policy and Trade, testified on "Corporate and Industrial Espionage and Their Effects on American Competitiveness", 2000

Over his distinguished career, Mr. McGuigan has written numerous articles for law journals, local newspapers and magazines. But his favorite pieces were published in The Hartford Courant's, Northeast Magazine on his passion, The Boston Red Sox:

  • "Rantings: A World Series Diary", December 7, 1986
  • "In the End, They'll Break Your Heart", August 8, 1982

Areas of Practice

  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Corporate Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Compliance Programs

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1972
  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 1972
  • Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Honors: Dean's List

Representative Cases

  • AIU Insurance v. Applied Materials Asia-Pacific, et al. (Taiwan High Court, Taipei, Taiwan 2013)
  • United States of America v. Frank Ruocco, Earth Technologies, et al. (U.S. District Court, Bridgeport, CT 2011)
  • Limone v. United States (U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston, MA 2009)
  • AIU Insurance v. Applied Materials Asia-Pacific, et al (Taipei, Taiwan 2012)
  • Pratt & Whitney v. MTU/Cenco (China International Court of Arbitration, Beijing, China 2006)
  • State of California v. Pratt & Whitney (Superior Court, San Jose, CA 2005)
  • Rotec Industries v. Three Gorges Project (Beijing, China 2002)
  • Smith v. Otis Elevator Co. (U.S. District Court, Portland, ME 2002)
  • Margaret Dolan v. Carl Fritz (Superior Court, Bridgeport, CT 2000)
  • Nowosielski v. Otis Elevator Co. (U.S. District Court, Detroit, MI 1998)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. Montgomery Elevator (U.S. District Court, Chicago, IL 1996)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. General Elevator (U.S. District Court, Baltimore, MD 1995)
  • Seibert et al. v. Towne Investment Co. et al. (Superior Court, Cincinnati, OH 1994)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. Schindler Elevator (Superior Court, Hartford, CT 1994)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. P.C. Exchange (U.S. District Court, Chicago, IL 1992)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. Intelligent Systems (Superior Court, Hartford, CT 1990)
  • Winschel v. Hartford Hospital (Superior Court, Hartford, CT 1988)
  • Cobb v. Connecticut National Bank (Superior Court, New Haven, CT 1987)


  • Guest Speaker, CT Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2010
  • Lecturer, "A Conversation in Corruption", Yale Law School, 2004
  • Lecturer, Organized Crime, National College of District Attorneys, 1978 - 1983
  • Lecturer, Investigations, National College of District Attorneys, 1978 - 1983
  • Guest Speaker, "White-Collar Crime and Corporate Liability", New England Corporate Counsel Society, 1992
  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Haven, 1975 - 1981

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National College of District Attorneys, Member, 2002 - Present
  • National College of District Attorneys, Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Regents, 2003 - 2009
  • National District Attorneys Association, Vice President, 1980 - 1985
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member, Board of Directors, 1979 - 1988
  • American Prosecutors Research Institute, Member, 1996 - Present
  • American Prosecutors Research Institute, Board of Directors, 1996 - 2007
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice and Intellectual Property Sections, Executive Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice, Intellectual Property and International Law Sections
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • International Association of Prosecutors
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Connecticut State Bar, Examining Committee , 1990 - 1993
  • Statewide Organized Crime Task Force, 1975 - 1978

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army Special Agent, Counter-Intelligence, 1965 - 1968
  • Justice John P. Cotter, Connecticut Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1972 - 1973
  • State of Connecticut, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1973 - 1975
  • Statewide Organized Crime Task Force, Chief Prosecutor, 1975 - 1978
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Liaison, Executive Working Group
  • State of Connecticut, Chief State's Attorney, 1978 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of Connecticut, UConn Club, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2009
  • Arthritis Foundation (National), Member, Board of Trustees, 2002 - 2003
  • Arthritis Foundation, Connecticut Chapter, Member, Board of Directors, 1995 - 1997


  • German