Jeffrey J. Vita is one of the founding members of SDV and has more than two decades of experience handling complex, multi-party insurance matters in jurisdictions across the U.S. Jeff is recognized as a seasoned litigator, having successfully tried numerous cases to resolution and obtaining significant recoveries for his clients at both the trial and appellate level. Most notably, he successfully argued to the Connecticut Supreme Court that construction defect claims constitute an occurrence under general liability policies, a decision that impacted the national debate on this issue.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Jeff also works with clients to craft creative risk transfer solutions. He counsels on insurance and risk management issues related to the construction, manufacturing, power and energy, transportation, healthcare and real estate industries, as well as in the municipal sector. Jeff has been retained as an expert witness in complex coverage actions, and has authored numerous articles and frequently lectures on insurance coverage issues such as additional insured, bad faith, priority and allocation of coverage, risk transfer and indemnity, builder's risk, business interruption, professional liability and wrap-up insurance programs. He has been named to Best Lawyers© in America from 2006-2017 and has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer from 2007-2022.

A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Jeff served as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Hamden, Connecticut. He currently resides in Wallingford, Connecticut with his family.  

Expert Witness Experience:

Capstone Bldg. Corp. v. Am. Motorist Ins. Co.
Docket: 2:08-cv-00513-RDP
Court: N.D. Ala.
Date: 10/29/2008
Witness for: Capstone on defense and indemnity Costs incurred by Capstone

Marjam Supply Co. v. Levy & Droney
Docket: HHD: CV-11-6024374-S
Court: Conn. Super. Ct.
Date: 1/9/2014
Witness for: Marjam on insurance policy content and provisions; Standard of Care in law firm’s representation of Marjam in connection with the claim




Professional Associations
American Bar Association
- Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Construction Subcommittee, Co-Chair
American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow
Connecticut Bar Association
- Bankruptcy Section
- Business Law Section
- Commercial Law Section
- Insurance Law Section, Chairman (2005-2008)
- Litigation Section
New York State Bar Association

Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyers in America® - Insurance Law, 2024
- Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2017
- Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2023
Speaking Engagements


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