Jeffrey J. Vita

Partner 203-287-2103


J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1990
B.A., University of Connecticut, cum laude, 1987

Bio: »

Jeffrey Vita is a founding Partner of SDV, and has more than two decades of experience in pursuing insurance recoveries and crafting creative risk transfer solutions for his policyholder clients, both corporate and individuals. He routinely counsels clients on insurance and risk management issues related to the construction, manufacturing, power and energy, transportation, financial, healthcare, and real estate industries, as well as the municipal sector.

Recognized as a seasoned insurance law practitioner, Jeff has successfully tried numerous cases and has extensive experience in handling complex, multi-party arbitrations and mediations across the country. Working at both the trial and appellate levels, Jeff has obtained significant insurance recoveries on behalf of his policyholder clients.

Recently, Jeff assisted a power company client in obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement from its insurer in a contested builders risk claim arising out of a landslide that significantly damaged the project. He also impacted the national debate on construction defects as an “occurrence” by successfully arguing to the Connecticut Supreme Court that construction defect claims constitute an “occurrence” under general liability insurance policies.

In addition to his active litigation practice, he has served as an expert witness for policyholders in complex coverage actions. Jeff has authored numerous insurance coverage-related articles, and regularly lectures on various insurance coverage topics including additional insured issues, bad faith claims, priority and allocation of coverage, risk transfer and indemnity, builders risk claims, wrap-up insurance programs, business interruption, and professional liability.

Jeff is also involved with his local community where he serves as the Chairman of the Hamden Zoning Board of Appeals and participates in the local Toys for Tots program.

Admissions: »

Admissions Federal Court:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Admissions State Court:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
Professional Activities: »

Connecticut Bar Association

  • Past Chairman, Insurance Law Section
  • Business Law, Litigation, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Sections

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Construction Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow

Honors and Awards: »

2006-2017 “Best Lawyers© in America”

Selected to the 2007-2017 New England Super Lawyers list.

Speaking Engagements: »

Gaps in Wraps and How to Fill Them
2017 Willis Construction Risk Management Conference

Construction – All Wrapped-Up?
2017 Advisen Casualty Insights Conference

Scavenger Hunt: Identifying and Accessing All Available Insurance in Large Construction Claims
2016 ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference

Getting to Yes:  The Art of Mediating Disputes Over Coverage for Large and Complex Construction Claims
2016 AGC Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

Multitasking: How to Assemble the Facts, Clarify the Law and Manage the process Involved in Complex Construction Claims
Associated General Contractors Convention

Challenges with AI Endorsements
IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference

Co-Insurance Considerations and Allocation of Available Coverage
Additional Insured Issues in the Context of Wrap-Ups
Connecticut Bar Association

Insurance Coverage Disputes in Bankruptcy Cases
Connecticut Bar Association

Cyber Risks and Insurance
Connecticut Bar Association

Coverage for Defective Construction Claims: Current Issues
American Bar Association

Wrap-Up Insurance Challenges for Coverage Attorneys from Implementation Through Completed Operations
American Bar Association

Emerging Trends in Coverage for Construction Risks
American Bar Association

What to Look for in Additional Insured Endorsements

Coming in to Focus: Contractor Insurance Coverage

Builder’s Risk: Avoiding Costly Lessons
Marsh USA

Show Me the Money: Operational Damage Insurance Analysis

Contractual Risk Transfer: Parts 1 & 2

2013 ISO CGL Changes for Construction Risk:
Willis Webinar

Hot Issues in Builder’s Risk Insurance
Willis Webinar

Lessons Learned: Insurance Coverage Practice

No End in Sight: The Ever-Increasing Complexity of Contractual Risk Transfer

Latest Attractions: The Cases and Recurring Questions Now Keeping Insurance Lawyers Busy

ISO 2013 Changes and Critical Additional Insured Issues
HUB International

Areas of Coverage Experience: »
  • Risk Transfer
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Director & Officers
  • Professional Liability
  • Builders Risk
  • OCIP/CCIP/Wrap-ups
  • First Party Property Damage
  • Additional Insured
  • Business Interruption Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Completed Operations
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage and Bodily Injury Related to Mold and Asbestos
  • Bodily Injury Related to Construction
  • “Sick Building” Syndrome
  • Policy Renewal Strategy
  • Class Action Complaints/Coverage
  • Environmental Claims
  • Contempt
  • Pollution Liability
  • Unfair Practices
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Bad Faith
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Late Notice
  • Allocation
  • Contribution
  • Indemnification
  • Duty to Defend
  • Regulatory Compliance