In memory of David Belt
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our partner and colleague, David Belt, after a dignified fight with pancreatic cancer. A brilliant advocate and scholar, David not only represented his clients zealously in a broad range of civil litigation matters, he also wrote (literally) the book on unfair trade practices in Connecticut. Having served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army between college and law school, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement.
For those of us privileged to work with him over the years, David selflessly shared his insight and experience – often surrounded by a flurry of paper comprising the latest notes for the CUTPA treatise or from an observant viewpoint during our office meetings. He took great care to educate and mentor younger lawyers through his teaching at Quinnipiac Law School, and in the day-to-day rhythms of a busy litigation practice. We can still hear his chorus of Christmas carols at our holiday party and feel the regal and steadfast determination that marked his career.
David Belt was a great lawyer, valued colleague, and a wonderful man. We will miss him.
David L. Belt represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including antitrust, unfair trade practices (CUTPA), business torts, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets trade names and trade dress, closely held business and professional practice breakups, civil RICO, securities fraud, wrongful discharge from employment, employment discrimination, class actions, and other complex civil disputes. He has been appointed by the Court to serve as a Special Master to hear discovery disputes in complex civil cases in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Belt is the co-author of Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, Vol. 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series (Westlaw 2015-2016); and the author of Should the FTC's Current Criteria for Determining Unfair Acts or Practices Be Applied to Little FTC Acts? in The Antiturst Source, Feb 2010; Unresolved Issues Under the Unfair Trade Practices Act, published by the Connecticut Bar Journal in 2008; The Standard for Determining "Unfair Acts or Practice" Under State Unfair Trade Practices Acts, published in the Connecticut Bar Journal in 2006; Unfair Trade Practices included in the Connecticut Lawyers Deskbook (Conn. Bar Assn., 3d ed, 2008); Private Actions Under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, published in the Connecticut Bar Journal in 1990; and The Connecticut Anti-Trust Act: A Guide to Interpretation, published in the Connecticut Bar Journal in October 1980. He was also a contributing author to ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Law Developments (2009).
Mr. Belt has been selected for inclusion to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation (2003-2016) and antitrust litigation (2006-2016); in Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in Connecticut General Commercial Litigation (2003-2016), and in Band 1 in that category (2007-2016); in Benchmark: Litigation as a "local litigation star"( 2009-2016) in Connecticut Litigation and in the annual Connecticut Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation (2006-2016). He was named as a "Top 50 Attorney" (2008-2016) in Connecticut Super Lawyers. Mr. Belt is rated 10.0, Superb, on the AVVO lawyer rating website. Mr. Belt is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal abilities, was selected to be a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 1996 and was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2016.
Mr. Belt is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he teaches antitrust law and unfair and deceptive trade practices acts law. He has also taught antitrust and trade regulation law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is the Senior Topical Editor for Antitrust and Trade Regulation of the Connecticut Bar Journal. He has lectured to other lawyers on antitrust law, unfair trade practices, franchise litigation, and trial and appellate technique and has served as Counsel to the Grievance Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to the Judicial Department's Civil Commission (2011-Present).
Mr. Belt graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, in 1965, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics. Between 1965 and 1967, he served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer, including a tour of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1967, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement. After his Army service, Mr. Belt attended the Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1970.
Mr. Belt is admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut, and the bars of the United States District Courts of the District of Connecticut (1970), the Southern District of New York (1975), the Eastern District of New York (1975), the District of Rhode Island (1981), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1971) and the United States Supreme Court (1975).