Wesley W. Horton

Overview

WESLEY W. HORTON is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Hartford, Connecticut office. Mr. Horton’s appellate practice covers a wide variety of legal issues, from constitutional matters, to domestic relations, insurance, personal injury, and land use. He began his law career as the law clerk to Justice Charles House of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1970 to 1971). Building on that experience, he has participated in some of the most notable cases in Connecticut, representing individuals and corporations. The list of cases on which he appears as counsel, either at argument or on the brief, spans 50 years and numbers in the hundreds. He has argued more than 135 cases to the Connecticut Supreme Court and is well-known for representing the City of New London in Kelo v. New London before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Horton was known for his groundbreaking win in Sheff v. O'Neill, in which he successfully persuaded the Connecticut Supreme Court that education was a fundamental right under the Connecticut Constitution, and that de facto segregation in schools violated this right.

Mr. Horton consults with counsel at the trial level to assist with complicated legal matters or in preparation for possible appellate issues. Such cases include representation of insurers and plaintiffs, contract questions, coverage issues and divorce litigation involving multi-million dollar estates.

He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers since 1991. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only. Mr. Horton served as President of the American Counsel Association (2008-2009), of which he has been a member since 1991. He has been President of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society since its founding in 2005.

Mr. Horton represents lawyers on ethical matters. He also testifies as an expert witness in Connecticut trial courts on ethical and malpractice matters as well as with regard to attorney’s fees. He served as the Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee (1997 through 2007), and has been a member of the Committee since 1976. 

Mr. Horton is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and the author or co-author of several scholarly publications and articles on legal topics. He is the recipient of many professional awards, including the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association’s Medal of Excellence; and currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Connecticut Law Tribune, and as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. .  He has been co-author since 1978 of the annually published Connecticut Appellate Rules Annotated and the Connecticut Superior Court Rules Annotated, both published by Thomson/West.  He also co-authors the “Connecticut Appellate Review,” an annual review of Connecticut Supreme and appellate Court cases since 1980.  Mr. Horton authored the History of the Connecticut Supreme Court, published by West Publishing.  He also wrote The Connecticut State Constitution, an in-depth study of each provision of the Connecticut Constitution.  Mr. Horton has taught Appellate advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law most years since 1980 and frequently lectures on constitutional and appellate issues. 

  • Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Horton its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and he was designated as a Preeminent Lawyer for 2022. 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® (1995-2022), a Woodward/White, Inc. business, and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the areas of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation. He was also recognized as the 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice in the Hartford area. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® (2006-2022), a Thomson Reuters business, in the area of Appellate Law in Connecticut. He was selected as a Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2006, Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2006-2009, 2011-2019, and a Top 100 New England Super Lawyer, 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2019.   A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).

Overview

WESLEY W. HORTON is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Hartford, Connecticut office. Mr. Horton’s appellate practice covers a wide variety of legal issues, from constitutional matters, to domestic relations, insurance, personal injury, and land use. He began his law career as the law clerk to Justice Charles House of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1970 to 1971). Building on that experience, he has participated in some of the most notable cases in Connecticut, representing individuals and corporations. The list of cases on which he appears as counsel, either at argument or on the brief, spans 50 years and numbers in the hundreds. He has argued more than 135 cases to the Connecticut Supreme Court and is well-known for representing the City of New London in Kelo v. New London before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Horton was known for his groundbreaking win in Sheff v. O'Neill, in which he successfully persuaded the Connecticut Supreme Court that education was a fundamental right under the Connecticut Constitution, and that de facto segregation in schools violated this right.

Mr. Horton consults with counsel at the trial level to assist with complicated legal matters or in preparation for possible appellate issues. Such cases include representation of insurers and plaintiffs, contract questions, coverage issues and divorce litigation involving multi-million dollar estates.

He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers since 1991. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only. Mr. Horton served as President of the American Counsel Association (2008-2009), of which he has been a member since 1991. He has been President of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society since its founding in 2005.

Mr. Horton represents lawyers on ethical matters. He also testifies as an expert witness in Connecticut trial courts on ethical and malpractice matters as well as with regard to attorney’s fees. He served as the Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee (1997 through 2007), and has been a member of the Committee since 1976. 

Mr. Horton is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and the author or co-author of several scholarly publications and articles on legal topics. He is the recipient of many professional awards, including the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association’s Medal of Excellence; and currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Connecticut Law Tribune, and as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. .  He has been co-author since 1978 of the annually published Connecticut Appellate Rules Annotated and the Connecticut Superior Court Rules Annotated, both published by Thomson/West.  He also co-authors the “Connecticut Appellate Review,” an annual review of Connecticut Supreme and appellate Court cases since 1980.  Mr. Horton authored the History of the Connecticut Supreme Court, published by West Publishing.  He also wrote The Connecticut State Constitution, an in-depth study of each provision of the Connecticut Constitution.  Mr. Horton has taught Appellate advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law most years since 1980 and frequently lectures on constitutional and appellate issues. 

  • Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Horton its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and he was designated as a Preeminent Lawyer for 2022. 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® (1995-2022), a Woodward/White, Inc. business, and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the areas of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation. He was also recognized as the 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice in the Hartford area. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® (2006-2022), a Thomson Reuters business, in the area of Appellate Law in Connecticut. He was selected as a Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2006, Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2006-2009, 2011-2019, and a Top 100 New England Super Lawyer, 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2019.   A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).

Practices

Education

Harvard College (B.A.)
University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.)

Admissions

State of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States