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Robert E. Kaelin Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Hartford
Email: rkaelin@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6036
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Miami University (B.A., 1988)

Robert E. Kaelin


Robert Kaelin represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

Robert’s commercial litigation practice centers on collection work, such as foreclosures, replevin actions and actions pursuant to the Connecticut Prejudgment Remedy Statute, and business disputes, contract actions, franchise agreement claims, Uniform Commercial Code actions and claims for tortious interference with business. Robert’s litigation practice includes work in both state and federal court. He has tried bench and jury trials in both federal and state court, and has represented clients in arbitration and mediation.

Robert’s bankruptcy practice includes representing Creditors Committees in chapter 11 proceedings in Connecticut as well as creditors in chapter 7 or 11 proceedings around the country. He has assisted business debtors in several complex chapter 11 business reorganizations and has been special counsel to the chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees in various matters. Robert regularly represents secured creditors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. He also regularly represents commercial landlords in bankruptcy proceedings. Robert has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy avoidance actions as well as in dischargeability actions.

Robert also handles various landlord/tenant law matters, representing commercial landlords and tenants. Robert regularly appears in the Housing Courts on commercial eviction matters and landlord collection matters. He has also handled such other matters as enforcement of exclusive use provisions and CAM audit claims. He has written and lectured on Connecticut’s Summary Process Eviction Statute.

  • Representing the Alleged Debtor in a contested involuntary Capter 11 petition in the Virgin Islands Bankruptcy Court - St. Croix In re Sanitas Partners V.1., LLC
  • Representing the official committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Kleen Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services Inc. Chapter 11 in the New Hampshire Bankruptcy Court 
  • Represented a large regional Bank in work-out with related borrowers that were in default under several multi-million dollar loans.
  • Successfully represented a former franchisee in obtaining a denial of a motion for preliminary injunction on a breach of contract and Lanham claim in the Connecticut District Court. and recently won the Arbitration on behalf of the former franchisee.
  • Successfully defended commercial landlord in fraud, misrepresentation, and CUTPA claims with trial judgment in favor of landlord on all counts (and affirmed on appeal).
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Gold Hill Mining Chapter 11 case in Connecticut.
  • Serving as lead counsel for the plaintiff in a federal court action seeking to set aside and recover over $28 million in fraudulently transferred assets (and enforcing a $3.275 billion dollar federal criminal restitution order).
  • Representing national restaurant chain on franchise matters, including, but not limited to, terminations, work-outs, franchisee bankruptcies and litigation.
  • Regularly represents lenders in bankruptcy proceedings (Chapter 11 and Chapter 7) in Connecticut and Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court.
  • Representing developers and real estate owners on commercial eviction and collection matters, as well as CAM dispute litigation.
  • Representing several clients in pursuing the enforcement of foreign judgments here in Connecticut.
  • Represented international corporation and several employees in breach of contract/fraud action in the Southern District of New York, including successful motion to dismiss thereby dismissing the claims against the individuals and successful motion for partial summary judgment eliminating the fraud claim.
  • Representing commercial landlord in retail tenant bankruptcy in Delaware In re: Vestis Retail Group, LLC, et al.
  • Successfully defended and settled large preference claim
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section (Executive Committee Member and former Chair)
  • Hartford County Bar Association, President (2017-present), President- Elect (2016-2017), Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Member, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section (Member, Avoiding Powers Subcommittee)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Northeast Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board Member)
  • Contributing Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 3d (Property of the Estate)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
      • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the areas of Business Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights from 2009-2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

      • Glastonbury Republican Town Committee
      • Minnechaug Swim & Tennis Club (Past President)
      • Ruby Slipper Cancer Foundation for Children (Board Member)
      Overview

      Robert Kaelin represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

      Robert’s commercial litigation practice centers on collection work, such as foreclosures, replevin actions and actions pursuant to the Connecticut Prejudgment Remedy Statute, and business disputes, contract actions, franchise agreement claims, Uniform Commercial Code actions and claims for tortious interference with business. Robert’s litigation practice includes work in both state and federal court. He has tried bench and jury trials in both federal and state court, and has represented clients in arbitration and mediation.

      Robert’s bankruptcy practice includes representing Creditors Committees in chapter 11 proceedings in Connecticut as well as creditors in chapter 7 or 11 proceedings around the country. He has assisted business debtors in several complex chapter 11 business reorganizations and has been special counsel to the chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees in various matters. Robert regularly represents secured creditors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. He also regularly represents commercial landlords in bankruptcy proceedings. Robert has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy avoidance actions as well as in dischargeability actions.

      Robert also handles various landlord/tenant law matters, representing commercial landlords and tenants. Robert regularly appears in the Housing Courts on commercial eviction matters and landlord collection matters. He has also handled such other matters as enforcement of exclusive use provisions and CAM audit claims. He has written and lectured on Connecticut’s Summary Process Eviction Statute.

      • Representing the Alleged Debtor in a contested involuntary Capter 11 petition in the Virgin Islands Bankruptcy Court - St. Croix In re Sanitas Partners V.1., LLC
      • Representing the official committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Kleen Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services Inc. Chapter 11 in the New Hampshire Bankruptcy Court 
      • Represented a large regional Bank in work-out with related borrowers that were in default under several multi-million dollar loans.
      • Successfully represented a former franchisee in obtaining a denial of a motion for preliminary injunction on a breach of contract and Lanham claim in the Connecticut District Court. and recently won the Arbitration on behalf of the former franchisee.
      • Successfully defended commercial landlord in fraud, misrepresentation, and CUTPA claims with trial judgment in favor of landlord on all counts (and affirmed on appeal).
      • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Gold Hill Mining Chapter 11 case in Connecticut.
      • Serving as lead counsel for the plaintiff in a federal court action seeking to set aside and recover over $28 million in fraudulently transferred assets (and enforcing a $3.275 billion dollar federal criminal restitution order).
      • Representing national restaurant chain on franchise matters, including, but not limited to, terminations, work-outs, franchisee bankruptcies and litigation.
      • Regularly represents lenders in bankruptcy proceedings (Chapter 11 and Chapter 7) in Connecticut and Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court.
      • Representing developers and real estate owners on commercial eviction and collection matters, as well as CAM dispute litigation.
      • Representing several clients in pursuing the enforcement of foreign judgments here in Connecticut.
      • Represented international corporation and several employees in breach of contract/fraud action in the Southern District of New York, including successful motion to dismiss thereby dismissing the claims against the individuals and successful motion for partial summary judgment eliminating the fraud claim.
      • Representing commercial landlord in retail tenant bankruptcy in Delaware In re: Vestis Retail Group, LLC, et al.
      • Successfully defended and settled large preference claim
      Memberships
      • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section
      • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section
      • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section (Executive Committee Member and former Chair)
      • Hartford County Bar Association, President (2017-present), President- Elect (2016-2017), Treasurer (2015-2016)
      • American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Member, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee)
      • American Bar Association, Business Law Section (Member, Avoiding Powers Subcommittee)
      • American Bankruptcy Institute (Northeast Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board Member)
      • Contributing Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 3d (Property of the Estate)
      • International Council of Shopping Centers
      • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
          Recognition
          • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the areas of Business Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights from 2009-2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

          • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

          Community Activities
          • Glastonbury Republican Town Committee
          • Minnechaug Swim & Tennis Club (Past President)
          • Ruby Slipper Cancer Foundation for Children (Board Member)
          Speaking Engagements
          Bar & Court Admissions
          • Connecticut
          • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
          • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
          • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
          • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
          • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
          Education
          • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
          • Miami University (B.A., 1988)
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