Joseph "Jay" Arcata III is a member of the firm's Litigation, Insurance and Corporate Practice Groups. Jay is an active trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, particularly in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage, maritime, professional liability and subrogation. He has tried nine cases to conclusion, including six jury trials. Jay routinely handles cases involving claims for breach of contract, bad faith, unfair trade practices and other business torts. He also defends major insurers in complex coverage actions involving toxic torts, including exposure to asbestos, silica, talc, lead and mold.
In addition to his litigation practice, Jay routinely provides coverage advice to insurers. He is also well-versed in regulatory matters, having drafted multi-line policy forms and represented clients before the Connecticut Insurance Department. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for a large Hartford-based insurer where he held several management positions.
Jay also works closely with the Corporate Business & Transactions Practice Group to serve the needs of his corporate clients, which range from local manufacturers to professional service providers.
Jay is listed as a "Rising Star" in the 2013 edition of Connecticut Super Lawyers®. He was also named to the Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2012. Jay currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hartford's Camp Courant. Jay is also an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.
Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against commercial client alleging fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurer-client in toxic tort coverage litigation, subsequently upheld on appeal to Connecticut Supreme Court
Obtained favorable verdict on behalf of commercial lines insurer in action alleging that insurer negligently failure to settle for its policy limits
Obtained favorable verdict in declaratory judgment action where $500,000 in liability coverage for a motorized golf cart was in dispute
Successfully defended insurer in lawsuit alleging a breach of the duty to defend
Carford v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2012 Conn. Super. WL 4040337
One Country, LLC v. Johnson, 137 Conn.App. 810 (2012), cert. granted in part, 307 Conn. 944 (2012)
Gatti v. Foran-Knell, et al., 52 Conn. L. Rptr. 27 (2011)
Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. v. McCrea, 49 Conn. L. Rptr. 722 (2010)
Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Lone Star Industries, Inc., 290 Conn. 767 (2009)
Hamilton v. United Services Automobile Association, 115 Conn. App. 774 (2009)
Pister v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 2007 Conn. Super. WL 2200348
Joseph "Jay" Arcata Obtains Defense Verdict on Behalf of Local Manufacturer
Daniel Scapellati Successfully Defend Insurer in Negligent Failure to Settle Case
Summary Judgment Victory in Insurance Coverage Matter
Occam's Razor Insurance Law Update, 06/12/2013
Defense Under A Reservation of Rights: Duty to Settle within Policy Limits?
Occam's Razor Insurance Law Update, 03/22/2011
Joining the Tort Victim as a Party to a Declaratory Judgment Action
Occam's Razor Insurance Law Update, 09/01/2010
Halloran & Sage LLP Announces New Partners
Jay Arcata Elected President of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Alumni Association
Firm Attorneys Included in "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" 2012 List
2011 'Super Lawyers' Recognizes 20 H & S Attorneys
H & S 'Walks Like MADD' In Support of a Good Cause
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
Professional Liability Underwriting Society