Richard J. Buturla

Richard J. Buturla

Senior Partner
Location:
Milford, Connecticut
Phone:
800-859-4208
Fax:
203-878-2235
Email:

Richard J. Buturla is a senior partner and chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, litigation, civil rights defense, transactions involving state and federal agencies, and defending government officials in a variety of contexts.

Mr. Buturla’s wide-ranging municipal and governmental law practice encompasses the full range of issues presented to a public institution. He has particular experience dealing with the freedom of information laws, conflict of interest, public records, public bidding, procurement, general municipal corporate law matters and a wide array of matters involving transactions with various state and federal agencies.

Mr. Buturla is a past chairman of the Stratford Town Council and has served in a variety of positions throughout his career. He has tried to verdict many complex matters ranging from excessive force cases against police officers to a complex case representing a national fraternity against a major university. Mr. Buturla presently serves as Town Counsel for the Town of Seymour and has served as Town Attorney for the Connecticut municipalities of Stratford, Derby and Cheshire.

In addition, Mr. Buturla represented the Town of Stratford in a variety of complex Superfund matters emanating from the Raymark Superfund site. Mr. Buturla represented the town in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and structured a transaction that ultimately resulted in the infusion of approximately $183 million in federal Superfund money to the town and the conversion of a former Superfund site into a productive, revenue-generating shopping center.

Mr. Buturla has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellow Program of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.  He holds an AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubble, which is the highest possible rating, signifying very high to preeminent legal ability and integrity and is awarded based on confidential survey responses from practicing attorneys. An experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate, Mr. Buturla has represented clients in countless jury and bench trials in state and federal courts. He has also appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Law Review: Villanova Law Review, Associate Editor, 1981 - 1982
  • Southern Connecticut State University
    • B.S. magna cum laude - 1979

Published Works

  • "In re Bollinger Corp., A Financing Statement, Promissory Note and Letters Constituting The Course of Dealing are Sufficient to Serve as A Valid Security Agreement", 26 Villanova Law Review 931, 1981
  • Comment, "The Handicapped Child's Right to A Free Appropriate Education: Defining The Limits of Responsibility", 27 Villanova Law Review 567, 1982
  • "Limitations on Discovery, Civil Discovery Practice Law Connecticut", 1995

Representative Cases

  • Armac Industries, Ltd. v. Citytrust, 203 Conn. 394, 525 A.2d 77 (1987)
  • B.A. Ballou and Company, Inc. v. Citytrust, 218 Conn. 749, 591 A.2d 126 (1991)
  • Bombero, Jr., Etal v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Monroe, Etal, 17 Conn. App. 150, 550 A.2d 1098 (1988)
  • Citytrust v. Page, Etal, 28 Conn. App. 907, 610 A.2d 197 (1992)
  • D.J. Quarry Products, Inc. v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Beacon Falls, 217 Conn. 447, 585 A.2d 1227 (1991)
  • Dean v. Filipowich, Etal, 20 Conn. App. 825, 570 A.2d 243 (1990)
  • Dennin, Etal v. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Inc.,, 94 F.3d 96 (1996)
  • Dennin, Etal v. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Inc., 913 F.Supp. 663 (1996)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Sextant Development Corporation, Etal, 142 F.R.D. 55 (1992)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. SUNA Associates, Inc., 80 F.3d 681 (1996)
  • J.F. Barrett and Sons, Inc. v. Rosenshein, 23 Conn. App. 817, 582 A.2d 919 (1990)
  • Hedberg v. Pantepec International, Inc., 35 Conn. App. 19, 645 A.2d 543 (1994)
  • Huff v. West Haven Board of Education, Etal, 1998 WL 386167 (D.Conn. 1998)
  • Kornatowski v. Wallingford Police Department, Etal, 1993 WL 299032 (D.Conn. 1993)
  • Meyers v. Arcudi, Etal, 947 F.Supp. 581 (1996)
  • Meyers v. Arcudi, Etal, 915 F.Supp. 522 (1996)
  • Mrs. B. on Her Behalf and as a Mother and Guardian of M.M. v. Milford Board of Education, Etal, 103 F.3d 1114 (1997)
  • Smart SMR of New York Inc. d/b/a v. The Zoning Commission of the Town of Stratford, 9 F.Supp. 2d 143 (1998)
  • Smart SMR of New York, Inc. d/b/a v. The Zoning Commission of the Town of Stratford, 995 F.Supp. 52 (1998)
  • Smith v. Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Milford, Etal, 3 Conn.App. 550, 490 A.2d 539 (1985)
  • Smith v. Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Milford, Etal, 203 Conn. 317, 524 A.2d 1128 (1987)
  • Town of Monroe, Etal v. Renz, Etal, 46 Conn. App. 5, 698 A.2d 328 (1997)
  • Town of Stratford v. International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO, Local 998, 48 Conn. App. 849, 713 A.2d 269 (1998)
  • Howley v. Stratford, 87 F.Supp.2d 97 (1999)
  • Omnipoint Communications, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Commission of the Town of Wallingford, 91 F.Supp.2d. 497 (2000)
  • Howley v. Stratford, 217 F.3d. 141 (2000)
  • Lillibask v. Sergi, 117 F.Supp.2d 182 (2000)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Town Council, Stratford, Connecticut, Chairman, 1987 - 1989
  • Town Attorney, Stratford, Connecticut, 2005 - 2009
  • Town Attorney, Cheshire, Connecticut, 2002 - 2004
  • Corporation Counsel, Derby, Connecticut, 1997 - 2005
  • Town Attorney, Stratford, Connecticut, 1995 - 1999
  • Assistant Town Attorney, Stratford, Connecticut, 2000 - 2003