Brian Palmeri

Practice Areas:

Professional Liability Litigation, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Insurance Coverage and Litigation
Office Locations: Connecticut
Tel: (203) 328-1200 Fax: (203) 328-1212


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Brian J. Palmeri is a partner with Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP. His practice focuses on the defense of professionals and fiduciaries, with emphasis on the representation of the financial services industry, including the representation of broker-dealers, registered representatives, investment advisors, and insurance brokers in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and regulatory proceedings. In addition, Mr. Palmeri advises clients on employment issues and securities industry agreements. Mr. Palmeri also has extensive experience defending complex litigation matters involving accountants, attorneys, and design professionals.

Mr. Palmeri is a graduate of Union College, where he earned his B.A. in political science and history. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. He also received his MBA from the Quinnipiac University School of Business.

Mr. Palmeri is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut, District of Massachusetts, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers' Association, the Financial Services Institute (FSI), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). New England Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Palmeri as a "Rising Star" in the category of securities litigation.

Representative Decisions

  • Defended registered representative in FINRA Arbitration arising from alleged fraudulent REIT investments, resulting in defendant's verdict.
  • Represented broker-dealer and registered representatives against claims of wrongful termination, U-5 defamation and corporate raiding, resulting in defendant's verdict.
  • Successfully petitioned FINRA arbitration panel for expungement of registered representative's disciplinary record following settlement of the underlying case.
  • Successfully defended registered representative in FINRA investigation of alleged embezzlement, resulting in no disciplinary action.
  • Heusser v. Hale, 777 F. Supp. 2d 366 (D. Conn. 2011): Obtained dismissal in favor of municipality and police chief under FRCP 12(b)(6) against claims of First Amendment Retaliation and violations of the Equal Protection Clause.
  • Fradianni v. Protective Life Ins. Co., 2011 Conn. Super. LEXIS 2863 (Conn. Super. Ct. Nov. 4, 2011): Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance broker against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA"). Settled prior to appeal.
  • Vecchio v. Coleman, 2011 Conn. Super. LEXIS 54 (Conn. Super. Ct. Jan. 5, 2011): Obtained dismissal in favor of attorney in legal malpractice suit on grounds that claim was not ripe because damages were contingent upon the outcome of another pending lawsuit.


  • "Data-Breach Liability and Practical Tips for Mitigating Data-Security" Financial Services Institute, National Webinar, June 2015
  • "The Art, Science & Regulatory Process of Contracting and Deal Structure" FSI Financial Advisor Summit, September, 2014
  • "Increased Exposure for Insurance Agents Under the Affordable Care Act" Execusummit's E&O Insurance Conference, June, 2014
  • Panelist, "Securities Litigation Update," Execusummit's D&O Insurance Conference, May 15, 2013