Douglas J. Varga

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Doug Varga has practiced law for over 23 years.  He devotes the bulk of his practice to the areas of commercial litigation and labor and employment litigation.  His work involves proceedings before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, industry regulatory bodies, and private arbitrators.

Mr. Varga has handled a broad range of commercial and employment litigation matters both for employers and employees, including cases based on claims of trade secret misappropriation, violation of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, employment discrimination, and claims arising under the ADA, the ADEA, Title VII, ERISA, the FLSA, the Equal Pay Act, and other federal and state employment laws.  Mr. Varga also has litigated suits involving civil rights violations, franchisor-franchisee disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, and claims of professional negligence, fraud, unfair trade practices, securities fraud, and RICO violations.  He has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts, before both judges and juries.  Mr. Varga also routinely counsels both employers and employees in the negotiation and enforcement of non-competition agreements, severance agreements, and agreements governing confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets.

Mr. Varga has achieved substantial settlements for plaintiffs and other claimants in commercial and employment disputes.  He recently obtained settlements totaling nearly $8.45 million in the course of AAA arbitration proceedings on behalf of three former members of senior management of publicly-traded companies.  He also recently assisted in the pre-arbitration resolution of another executive’s claim for more than $2 million.  He also concluded a federal court appeal in in which his client prevailed on adverse claims to the proceeds of a life insurance contract in excess of $1.2 million. 

Mr. Varga’s recent defense litigation experience includes representation of an investment bank on claims for commissions due on corporate divestitures; defense of claims for disability insurance benefits; defense of a claim by a former company president seeking severance payments; and representation of prominent law firms and businesses against claims of vexatious litigation and defamation. His two most recent jury trials resulted in defense verdicts for his clients, with each prevailing on counterclaims against the plaintiffs.  He also recently obtained summary judgment in a business dispute in which his client was sued for over $1.5 million worth of assets allegedly not transferred to the plaintiff under a purchase agreement.

Before commencing his Connecticut practice in January of 1999, Mr. Varga practiced in Chicago and New York, devoting the major portion of his time to insurance industry issues, including work on suits involving life and health insurance and managed care disputes, as well as complex ERISA pension and welfare benefit matters.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1998
  • State Bar of Connecticut, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • State Bar of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989

Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Fairfield University

Memberships

  • Stamford / Norwalk Regional Bar Association
  • Greater Bridgeport Area Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Publications

  • "Amending United States Antidumping Laws to Create a Viable Private Right of Action", 22 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1023 (1989) (author)
  • "Liability of Managed Health Care Organizations", Medical Malpractice (Matthew Bender 1995) (co-author)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Connecticut", Lorman Education Services (2006)
  • "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Connecticut", Lorman Education Services (2005)
  • "Employment Law Issues", Sterling Educational Services (2003)