Alan H. Nevas

Senior Counsel
T: (203) 222-3120
  • New York University School of Law (LL.B., 1951)
  • Syracuse University (A.B., 1949)

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Selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

Biography

Judge Nevas, a retired Senior United States District Court Judge, serves as an arbitrator and mediator in a broad range of commercial disputes.

He was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by President Reagan in 1985. He held that position until retiring in 2009. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Nevas served as a member of the Board of Directors and then as President of the Federal Judges Association; a member of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the United States Judicial Conference; and a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

During his years on the bench, Judge Nevas presided over a wide range of civil cases, both jury and non jury. He also presided over numerous major criminal trials involving white collar offenses, organized crime, public corruption, and large scale drug distribution rings.

From 1971 to 1977, Judge Nevas served as the elected State Representative from Westport in the Connecticut General Assembly, and in his second and third terms served in turn as Deputy House Majority and Deputy House Minority Leader. In 1976, he was named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Members of the Connecticut General Assembly in a poll of the Assembly's membership conducted by Connecticut Magazine.

Judge Nevas served as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1981 - 1985.

Immediately following the fatal explosion of the Kleen Energy natural gas facility in Middletown, Connecticut, on February 7, 2010, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Judge Nevas to chair a panel to investigate the cause of the explosion and make recommendations as to preventative measures. Judge Nevas worked with multiple state agencies, conducted several public meetings, and delivered a comprehensive report on the matter.

Judge Nevas and his wife reside in Westport, Connecticut.

Public Service

Connecticut General Assembly, State Representative from Westport (1971 – 
    1977): Served as Deputy House Majority and Deputy House Minority Leader
United States District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of 
    Connecticut (1985 – 2009)
Chair of Distribution Committee of United Fund of Western Connecticut for 
    victims of Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Memberships

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Association

Education

  • New York University School of Law (LL.B., 1951)
  • Syracuse University (A.B., 1949)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court