Denis O'Malley

Denis J. O'Malley


Denis J. O'Malley


  • Overview


    Denis J. O’Malley is a member of the firm’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group. He represents commercial insurers in a broad range of coverage matters and disputes.

    Prior to joining the firm, Denis served as law clerk to the Honorable Justice Richard N. Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He was also a summer associate at Robinson+Cole. While attending law school, he was a legal extern for the Honorable Joan G. Margolis, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Connecticut, and later worked as a law clerk for a prominent appellate litigation firm in Hartford, where he conducted research, drafted legal memoranda, and edited briefs to be filed with state and federal appellate courts.?

    Denis served as the Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Additionally, he was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board, and a teaching assistant for courses on Contracts and Moot Court. He received the 2017 Connecticut Judges’ Association Memorial award, the Best Oralist award in the 2015 William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition, the 2015 William F. Starr First Year Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and CALI Excellence awards in five of his courses.?

    Denis worked as a student attorney for the appellate section of the University of Connecticut School of Law Criminal Clinic. In that role, he co-authored the petitioner’s successful brief in Christopher Gaskin v. Commissioner of Correction (AC 39462), in which the Connecticut Appellate Court granted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and vacated the petitioner’s underlying criminal convictions based on due process violations that occurred at trial.?

    Denis also wrote a student note for the Law Review, Guns & Governance, 48 CONN. L. REV. 1347 (2016), which the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission later cited in its decision to uphold a law disqualifying persons convicted of public corruption offenses from receiving public campaign financing. See Applicability of General Statutes § 9-706(a)(5) to Candidates Convicted of Certain Felonies Who Seek Public Funds through the Citizens’ Election Program, Declaratory Ruling 2017-01, Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, at 11 n.11 (June 21, 2017) (

    Prior to entering law school, Denis spent several years as a journalist, primarily covering police, emergency services, and courts for daily newspapers in Scranton, PA; Bridgeport, CT; and Danbury, CT.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Education Liaison, Media and the Law Section (2020 - 2021)
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Bushnell Park Foundation
      Board of Directors (2020)
    • Publications


      "The Southern District Finds Unambiguous Policy Language Controls NYU’s Superstorm Sandy Claim," published in the October issue of Insurance & Risk Management, a quarterly newsletter from the Society of Financial Service Professionals (October 2019)
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    • Presentations


      "Connecticut’s Police Reform Bill and Access to Police Records," presented by the Connecticut Bar Association's Media & the Law Section. (12/10/2020)
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      "First-Party Coverage Issues with COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits.," co-presented with Gregory P. Varga, at the NECEA October meeting. (10/13/2020)
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      "Media Relations for Lawyers," as moderator for this CT Bar Association webinar. (6/29/2020)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • September 2, 2020

        Denis O’Malley Appointed to Executive Committee of Connecticut Bar Assoc. Media and the Law Section

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      • June 16, 2020

        Denis O'Malley Appointed to Bushnell Park Foundation Board of Directors

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      • October 4, 2019

        Denis O’Malley Authors Insurance & Risk Management Article on Unambiguous Policy Language

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      • May 23, 2019

        Firm Lawyers Contribute to CBA's Appellate Advocacy Institute

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      • January 28, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Hosts UConn Law Alumni Association “Breakfast Brief”

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      • October 24, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Attend Interval House's Annual Breakfast With Champions

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