Joseph Jay Arcata III is a member of the Firm's Litigation, Insurance and Corporate Business & Transactions Practice Groups. Jay is an active trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, particularly in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage and professional liability. Jay routinely handles cases involving claims for breach of contract, bad faith, unfair trade practices and other business torts. He also represents insurance companies in complex coverage actions involving construction defects, environmental torts and other commercial disputes. Jay brings high-level industry experience to his insurance practice, having served as vice president of underwriting at a managing general underwriter and having held several management positions in the claims department at a major insurance company. He is also well-versed in regulatory matters, having drafted multi-line policy forms and represented clients before the Connecticut Insurance Department.
In addition to his litigation practice, Jay chairs the Firm's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice group, which provides strategic advice and guidance to a broad spectrum of businesses and individuals. Jay has been published extensively in the area of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy and leads an interdisciplinary team of lawyers in this area.
Jay is listed as a Rising Star in the 2016 edition of Connecticut Super Lawyers and was named as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's New Leaders in the Law in 2016. He was also named to the Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2012.
Jay is active in community affairs and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hartford's Camp Courant, the oldest and largest free summer day camp in the country. He also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks
By Joseph J. Arcata III & Elizabeth O'Donnell, Connecticut Law Tribune, 11/22/2016
Jay Arcata and Henry Beck Present at CBA Cybersecurity Semina
Representative Matters: 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; Following a two week trial, a Hartford jury returned a defendant's verdict in a premises liability action brought by a commercial cleaning contractor who claimed to have slipped and fallen on pooled water in a men's restroom. Attorney Joseph Arcata, III represented the defendant, a local manufacturer of heating elements. During trial, the plaintiff presented evidence of more than $500, 000 in past economic damages and future medical care. Her demand to settle never dropped below $750, 000.; Halloran & Sage Successfully Defends Insurer in Negligent Failure to Settle Case; Following a trial to the court, Daniel Scapellati, of Halloran & Sage's Insurance Law Group, recently obtained a verdict in favor of their insurer-client in the case Carford v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2012 WL 4040337 (Conn.Super.), in which the plaintiff claimed that the insurer negligently failed to tender its $1, 000, 000 policy limit when it was reasonable to do so. In finding for the defendant, Judge Theodore Tyma held that the defendant acted reasonably and responsibly in undertaking to investigate and evaluate the claims of the plaintiffs. Judge Tyma further held that the mere fact that the case could have been, but was not, settled within policy limits would not impose liability on the defendants, opining that in determining whether to accept or reject a settlement offer, an insurer may equally weigh its own interests with that of its insured.; For more information regarding this decision, feel free to contact either Daniel Scapellati or Jay Arcata.