Brendan J. O’Rourke


Brendan J. O’Rourke


Brendan practices in the area of Business Litigation and Commercial Transactions.

Brendan obtained his BA in Economics with Distinction from the University of Virginia. He holds a joint, JD/MA from the University of Virginia.
Before law school, Brendan gained financial experience in the corporate training program at Chemical Bank in New York City. Fresh out of the University of Virginia School of Law, he was trained in real estate and corporate law as an associate at Day Berry & Howard. His business practice expanded to include a wide range of litigation in state and federal courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as the American Arbitration Association (AAA), FINRA, and JAMS. Over the years, Brendan has represented sophisticated clients, including attorneys, physicians, engineers, senior executives and successful entrepreneurs.

Brendan has litigated disputes involving real estate, “cause” termination, breach of fiduciary duty, business fraud, and shareholder and partnership disputes. Brendan has also handled divorce cases involving significant financial stakes. Many cases Brendan has handled could be characterized as “business divorce” where two or more partners find themselves in dispute and need to unravel their business interests. Below are some illustrative cases which Brendan has handled:

  • Federal Court – $8 Million Judgment. He recently obtained a Judgment in excess of $8,000.000.00 for a partner in a financial consulting firm whose partners sought to deprive him of his share of profits. The Judgment was obtained in the District Court of Connecticut, which was successfully defended in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit.
  • FINRA – $1.3 Million Award. He obtained a $1,300,000.00 FINRA Arbitration Award for a terminated principal, against a large Broker Dealer.
  • Corporate. He represented several senior professionals in negotiating a variety of complex agreements, including: (i) the terms of an Employment Agreement and Stock Agreement for the Chief Executive Officer of a pharmaceutical start-up, (ii) the terms of the Employment Agreement for a client joining a Hedge Fund, and (iii) the terms of a Separation Agreement for a departing senior executive from a large investment firm.

Brendan practice instincts derive from his athletic background. Brendan played ice hockey in college and competitive squash. Currently, he remains a squash enthusiast, having taken up doubles squash which he plays throughout Fairfield county and New York City. He is also an avid skier and golfer, and Chairs the Golf Committee at the Country Club of Darien. Brendan has two adult sons, Conner and Devon, with whom he loves to play golf and ski.

Brendan holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale Hubbell. Brendan has also been listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers 2016 – Business Litigation. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process involves an independent evaluation of candidates based on 12 indicators, and professional peer reviews by practice area. Only five percent (5%) of lawyers in a state are named as Super Lawyers.

Practice Areas

Corporate Law and Business Transactions


University of Virginia, BA Economics with Distinction
University of Virginia, Masters
University of Virginia, JD

Bar Admissions

Connecticut, 1985
District Court of Connecticut, 1985
Southern District of New York
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court


Connecticut Bar Association
Fairfield County Bar Association
Former President New Canaan Bar Association

Recent Decisions of Note

Roberts v. Triplanet
Pritchard v. Cantor Fitzgerald
ChemExec v. Sidulya

Community Involvement

Country Club of Darien
Board of Directors Executive Committee
New Canaan Winter Club
Yale Club New York City

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